Posts Tagged With: hoverfly

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

I expect there’ll be all sorts of “moving” entries for this week’s photo challenge, but I thought I’d refer back to what I seem to know best … bugs ūüôā

Only bits of this hoverfly were really on the move, I’ve read differing reports about how fast¬†its wings actually beat (anything between 120 and 300 beats per second) but either way, it’s bloody fast. Even with the old “Anti-Ansel Adams” fast shutter speed going on, I still only managed a blur for the wings.

What a way to live!

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© Alice through the Macro Lens [2014]

 

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Bug-a-day #34 – after the rain

It has rained for two straight days here in most parts of England, and there has been little respite from the cold and the wet.

However, this evening – just before the sun went down – the rain let off for a few minutes, allowing most dog owners to give their pets a small window of opportunity to relieve themselves.

While I was out there, I noticed some very interesting raindrop patterns on the plants, so I went back in and retrieved my camera.

I noticed a few Ladybirds and tried to capture them, but the light was too dull for a clear picture without a tripod. And then I remembered my camera has a flash – something I haven’t used since I bought¬†it!¬† Not the¬†easiest thing to use with a macro in dim light, but it showed some great soggy insects.

So, while I said I wouldn’t portray¬†the same¬†bug more than once for this challenge, I think I can be forgiven for revisiting some very wet versions of Ladybirds and (I think) a Hoverfly.

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© Alice through the Macro Lens [2012]

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Bug-a-day #3 – Marmalade hoverfly

Ah, the poor, misunderstood Marmalade Hoverfly!

Forever being mistaken for a Wasp – swatted¬†away by picnickers, screamed at by jammy-mouthed juveniles, and cursed by many a mistaken rambler. But, unlike the miserable,¬†treacherous,¬†sociopathic¬†Devil’s spawn that is the Wasp – Miss Marmalade wouldn’t hurt anyone, unless of course,¬†you’re an aphid.

© Alice through the Macro Lens [2012]

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