Highlights from first Lockdown 2020, thinking small for once.

When the first Lockdown left us stuck at home completely the garden became the focus of my attention with the camera. When the bees became active I started locking more closely and was surprised at how many different types we had in the garden. I then started trying to capture them in flight, after bees came beetles, butterflies and spiders. What follows are some of the highlights.

Female Hairy Footed Flower Bee.

Male Hairy Footed Flower Bee

After the Hairy Footed Flower Bees had been using the same flowers for a few days they were joined by Mourning Bees or Cuckoo Bees which as the name suggests lay their eggs in other bees nests. The Mourning Bee's target species are the Hairy Footed Flower Bee.

Honey Bees 

One of the many Bumblebee types

Hoverfly

Marmalade Hoverfly

Aptly named Wasp Beetle

Green Shield Bug with Aphid and tiny spider.

Thick Legged Flower Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Brimstone Butterflies

Orange Tip Butterflies

Labyrinth Spider with lunch.

Hopefully I won't have quite so much time stuck in the garden this Spring and Summer.

Trevor

  • Cracking photos, Trevor. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more insects soon

    Cin J

  • Trevor all your photos are excellent, so much detail and really sharp, outstanding.
  • You have done so well with your micro photography Trevor, it makes the bees look almost cuddly with their fluffy coats, and they just never stay still, I find the butterflies are hard to get with their wings open let alone in detail as you have managed.

    Lot to learn

  • Great photos. It's not easy getting them in flight.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Germain:

    Hi Cin J,

    Some more from my gardens insect world.

    Small Bumblebee with red pollen sacks

    A Common Carder Bee

    Ladybird pest control

    Is one of us the wrong colour?

    Hornet beating us to the pears

    Hornet Mimicking Hoverfly

    Hoverflies seem to love poppies

    Day time moth, the Silver Y

    Trevor

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Hi Nige,
    Capturing insects and birds in flight became a lot easier with my current camera and most of the flight shots are at the moment of take off. My camera has a Mode called Pre-burst which takes 4K video with the shutter half pressed but doesn't record until you fully press the shutter, but does keep about half a seconds worth of what was happing before the shutter is fully pressed. So if you line up an insect or bird you just hold the shutter button half down and wait for it to take off then fully press and generally you get the take off and early flight. It works best if it goes sideways to keep the focus better.
    Trevor
  • In reply to TJS:

    More Brilliant Photos Trevor
  • In reply to TJS:

    That does sound a lot easier but either way, good technique and excellent photos.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Using the Pre-burst mode has got me some shots I just wouldn't have been quick enough to get by just waiting for a bird to take off. My only shots of birds taking off in the past have been when one has taken off as I photograph it.

    Here is a good example of what Pre-burst can do.

    It doesn't always come out well, sometimes the bird peels away from you or straight at you and the auto-focus can't always keep up. Or I've set the wrong auto-focus mode and it picks up the background as the bird moves off, so many ways to get it right and so many ways to get it wrong, must practice more.

    Trevor

  • lovely sequence Trevor, looks like the pre-burst mode works well

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"