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Bees, Beetles, and a Fly

  
 
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I've been shooting before work, and sometimes on the weekends. But it's getting tough to find anything to shoot. There's been some habitat loss close to my apartment, and some areas I just don't feel safe shooting in by myself. I'm afraid a Naples, Italy camera club would just turn into a support group for people who've had their camera gear stolen.

For all of the images in this post: Tech Specs: Canon 90D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (set from 1x to 2x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT, manual mode, key (A) set to 1/16 -1/3 and the fill (B) set to 1/32 -1/3. These are single frames taken hand held (all 32MP). In post I used Topaz Photo AI and Clarity in that order.

A new Mason Bee (at least new to me, possibly Hoplitis adunca) are the latest tenet in my solitary bee houses. They are extremely hyperactive and skittish. This one was taking a break on a stone wall close to my bee housing complex.

Mason Bee by John Kimbler, on Flickr

It was windy so this female solitary bee couldn't tell when I grabbed onto the poppy she was in, to keep the flower steady. But she eventually noticed me and looked for an exit.

Solitary Bee in a Poppy by John Kimbler, on Flickr

Identified as a Hippodamia variegata, the Variegated Lady Beetle. I got lucky and it held still long enough for a few frames.

Lady Beetle II by John Kimbler, on Flickr

I found a Flower Beetle, that was more hungry than afraid, foraging on Buttercup pollen.

Flower Beetle Foraging on a Buttercup by John Kimbler, on Flickr

Right before it rained this Solitary Bee took shelter in a Wild Morning Glory Flower.

Solitary Bee in a Wild Morning Glory Flower by John Kimbler, on Flickr

I was photographing this Spotted-eyed Drone Fly on a Buttercup when it started cleaning the dew off of its eyes. It would then lick the dew off of its legs, but the action looked very similar to a cat cleaning itself.

Spotted-eyed Drone Fly Cleaning Itself by John Kimbler, on Flickr

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Jun 04, 2024 at 01:40 PM







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