I must be very slow. I have been taking macro for years and using the MP-E 65mm lens for half that time and only this morning thought to increase the ISO so as to get a background to show. I have used an extra flash unit to achieve the same effect but it makes the whole caboodle too cumbersome.
I got far too many pictures this morning but though I’m pleased with them I missed the two snaps I really wanted. The first was a Longhorned Beetle on Hogweed it fell into the undergrowth never to be seen again and the second was a Lacewing on Hawthorn which flew away. I’ll be keeping my eye out for them.
I mislaid the second one and was just about to use some special words when I looked at the hand supporting the camera and there it was.
Ringlet Butterfly, Amphautopus hyperautus.
The next little beast is the micro moth Orange Spot Piercer Pammene aurana. I took a snap yesterday but managed some better ones today, they don’t always have orange spots as I suspect the spots fade to white as they get older.
This is one of the appeals of macro photography; it doesn’t seem to matter how much better the shots get there is always so much room for improvement.
The next few flies are ones I can’t identify I think they are all the same species. The first I found sheltering for the night under a Hogweed umbrel. It does look very strange.
It looks like an ex-fly but it flew so was still lively enough. I think it landed next door on Sticky Willow or Goosegrass.
Since getting back to the van I’m not at all sure this is the same fly. They are so small that it’s impossible to be positive.
That’s all for today. I have some bigger, more colourful flies to post but they can wait a day.