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.
One of the many Bumblebee types
Aptly named Wasp Beetle
Green Shield Bug with Aphid and tiny spider.
Thick Legged Flower Beetles
Common Red Soldier Beetle
Orange Tip Butterflies
Labyrinth Spider with lunch.
Hopefully I won't have quite so much time stuck in the garden this Spring and Summer.
Lot to learn
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
In reply to Nigel O:
In reply to TJS:
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.
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