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Re: Bugs
« Reply #275 on: June 01, 2020, 08:11:35 am »
A tiny bee (5.6mm long)

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #276 on: June 07, 2020, 07:47:29 pm »
Here is my first semi successful macro shot. A wasp beetle that was on the tap in our kitchen sink.

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #277 on: June 07, 2020, 08:26:05 pm »
 :thumbsup:

Re: Bugs
« Reply #278 on: June 08, 2020, 11:58:10 am »
Pingu and Salvatore are you using a flash to get your pictures?

I'm musing about buying a speedflash rather than using the popup on the camera. I could use a diffuser then.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #279 on: June 08, 2020, 02:12:48 pm »
Pingu and Salvatore are you using a flash to get your pictures?

I'm musing about buying a speedflash rather than using the popup on the camera. I could use a diffuser then.

Sometimes I use flash - like this. It's a  Neewer TT560 speedlight, and a diffuser like this. All held together with a bracket, magic arm and cable, with the result that the front of the diffuser is right next to the lens.

Flash is at a fairly low power (giving a shorter duration). My Lumix GX80 is only supposed to sync at 1/160, but with a manual flash I found I can get away with 1/320 without any of the frame being blacked out. Because the fall-off in light is so steep, anything but the subject is dark. I quite like the effect.

Without flash the backgrounds are brighter, but you need plenty of light, in this case bright sunshine.


I've also tried focus-bracketing and stacking as mentioned by andrew_s in the other thread. At the best of times you're depending on the insect staying reasonably still (or not flying away at the very least), but this method relies on it being absolutely still. I managed to produce one image where the insect almost looks OK, but on close inspection appears to have 4 antennae. There are plenty of youtube videos on focus-stacking in a studio where they are using a dead insect, but that's not my cup of tea.

This crane fly picture was produced by bracketing and stacking to get the wings and as many legs as possible in focus. I stacked about 4 or 5 images.


[BTW the lumix gx80 has an in-camera post-focus facility, but it's pants for macro. I use focus bracketing and then hugin utilities to combine the images. Then when that doesn't work I use GIMP to align the images and try again.]
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #280 on: June 08, 2020, 07:41:43 pm »
Pingu and Salvatore are you using a flash to get your pictures?

I'm musing about buying a speedflash rather than using the popup on the camera. I could use a diffuser then.

Mostly no flash.

Re: Bugs
« Reply #281 on: June 08, 2020, 08:38:36 pm »
Thanks both. I think I might wait a while before getting a flash since I spaffed far too much money on old OM compatible lens and adaptors in the last couple of weeks. All < £30 but it mounts up, they are just so tempting when they are so cheap. Vivitar 200m F3.5 prime is incoming along with a couple of x2 adaptors for bird photos. Only dud so far has been the MirandaMacro zoom but that was only £6 so cant complain.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bugs
« Reply #282 on: June 15, 2020, 05:39:23 pm »
A hoverfly I think. Still not quite sharp but getting better the more I practice.



I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bugs
« Reply #283 on: June 15, 2020, 05:52:02 pm »
Apparently there are over 280 species of hoverflies in Britain and many of them look quite similar so I don't think I am going to attempt to identify exactly what type of hoverfly that is. He/she was very patient though.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #284 on: June 15, 2020, 08:47:58 pm »
Could be a marmalade hoverfly.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #285 on: June 18, 2020, 10:37:16 pm »

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #286 on: June 19, 2020, 09:58:54 am »
I like that one.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #287 on: June 19, 2020, 04:04:06 pm »
Toadflax brocade moth caterpillar. Close-up lenses are not necessarily too crappy.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #288 on: June 25, 2020, 11:18:44 pm »
Bzzz...


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #289 on: June 29, 2020, 06:39:15 pm »
Bzzz! Repetition.


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #290 on: July 04, 2020, 09:10:53 pm »
A couple by Mrs P.


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #291 on: July 17, 2020, 09:18:38 pm »
I am the fly


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #292 on: July 17, 2020, 09:21:10 pm »
No idea what this 400kΩ insects is.


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« Reply #293 on: July 18, 2020, 09:24:48 am »
No idea what this 400kΩ insects is.


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I’m going for ancistrocerus nigricornis a solitary wasp. But not 100% certain looking at the distribution map. (Because I don’t know where the photo was taken and it’s inappropriate to ask on here)


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #294 on: July 18, 2020, 09:40:16 pm »
No idea what this 400kΩ insects is.


IMG_7312_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr
I’m going for ancistrocerus nigricornis a solitary wasp. But not 100% certain looking at the distribution map. (Because I don’t know where the photo was taken and it’s inappropriate to ask on here)


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North East Scotland.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #295 on: July 26, 2020, 01:50:33 pm »
A dark bush-cricket* sunning itself this morning

*according to Mr Google

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #296 on: July 29, 2020, 05:34:27 pm »
Two bees and a bonus bug of some sort on our lavender:

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #297 on: July 31, 2020, 06:34:37 pm »
A common red soldier beetle

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #298 on: August 01, 2020, 09:24:09 am »
In the greenhouse


Marmalade hoverfly (I think)


Comma trying to get at my blackcurrant bush
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #299 on: August 02, 2020, 02:00:19 pm »
A female wasp spider

Its wikipedia entry is, er, informative. e.g.
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Certain males are able to "plug" the female after they have mated with her to prevent other males from copulating with the female. This plugging involves using the entire male's body, thus allowing him to only mate once.


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