A beautiful journey to Liliput - I wonder how do you retain your subject in focus?!
Fantstic photos,love them all
Eye of a large robber fly. The picture has been made with magnification factor 8 and f/11, using a Canon 7D and the Canon macrolens MP-E 65mm/f2.8. The fly was alive and doing its business when the picture was made in our garden. It is a slingle picture made without using a tripod.
Insects in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly called robber flies. The family Asilidae contains about 7,100 described species worldwide.
All robber flies have stout, spiny legs, a dense moustache of bristles on the face (mystax), and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. The mystax helps protect the head and face when the fly encounters prey bent on defense. The antennae are short, 3-segmented, sometimes with a bristle-like structure called an arista.
The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Many species have long, tapering abdomens, sometimes with a sword-like ovipositor. Others are fat-bodied bumblebee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, ants, dragon and damselflies, Ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders (source: Wikipedia).
Portrait miner bee, made with magnification 8 and f/11 using a Canon 7D, a Canon MP-E 65mm/f2.8 and a 2x Canon Teleconverter. Andrena (Miner bee) is the largest genus in the family Andrenidae, and is nearly worldwide in distribution, with the notable exceptions of Oceania and South America. With over 1,300 species, it is one of the largest of all bee genera. Species are often brown to black with whitish abdominal hair bands, though other colors are possible, most commonly reddish, but also including metallic blue or green.
Body length commonly ranges between 8 - 17 mm with males smaller and more slender than females.
Detail head of male Brimstone butterfly, looking to the left side. It is a single picture made in our garden with magnification 6 and f/14, while the butterfly was alive and kicking.
It is commonly believed that the word “butterfly” is a derived from “butter-coloured fly” which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni), the female being a much paler whitish-green. The Brimstone has a most exquisite wing shape, perfectly matching a leaf when roosting overnight or hibernating within foliage. This is one of the few species that hibernates as an adult and, as such, spends the majority of its life as an adult butterfly. The distribution of this species closely follows that of the larval foodplant (source: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/)