Featured Macro - Discussion & Photos

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  1. Ash

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    If only they all were lollies! The kids would make them extinct.
     
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    I'm guessing by the brilliant green of the grub that your spinach is/was in good health. He's got a bit of translucence about him too. Very cool shot @stevo
     
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    It was great weather for garden photos on the weekend. The Native Bees were out....

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    Brilliant shots as usual Stevo!

    I love that mantis looking straight at the camera - that's a photo comp winner right there imo.
     
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    Yes great shots Stevo. I actually like the bee in mid flight. Simply awesome.
    Yeah ok, the mantis is pretty good too....
     
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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member

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    umm.. I may have squeezed too hard...

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    Guys these pics are awesome...inspired me to get a macro lens.
     
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    I've been looking to buy one for ages. With shots like that above it certainly is inspiring to get into macro photography!
     
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    Blue Banded Bee roosting on a thin twig. I found about 10 last night, finally!

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    Oh wow :shock: That's very special... well done mate what a rippa shot! :cheers:

    So did you go out hunting for roosting bees? That's very committed. How did you light this up?
     
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    I was closing the gate on the chicken coop and noticed the bees hovering around and knew they were looking for a place to roost so I sat and watched them for 5 minutes to see which twig they were going to roost on, then grabbed the camera.

    I sat a torch near them lighting them up faintly so I could get focus on the camera. I just used the pop-up flash on the camera and a white paper plate as a reflector held in my left hand to spread the light a bit more. You can see the eye has a bit of a exposure blow out. My separate flash and triggers have flat batteries at the moment so I couldn't use them, but hopefully I can have another go at getting better lighting soon. The bees return to the same spot each night.
     
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    Pro... :)

    Oh do they... cool
     
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    This is a Mimic-Wasp Fly (Ceriana Ornate). I'm not sure what they do exactly but I think they can lay eggs in a Native Bee hive and destroy the hive, so if you see one you should get rid of it. You may find them hanging around the hive.

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    That's an awesome shot Stevo. Very interesting seeing them up close like that.
     
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    Yes apparently so and a good reason to ensure there's no gaps in the hive box where the wasp/fly can lay her eggs for the larva to get in (I'm no expert, that's just what I heard from my bee keeping uncle).
     
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    I love the photos Stevo, insects are so fascinating although can’t say I feel that way about the mozzie.:eek:
     
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    yeah Mudmaker, it's amazing to see what things you have in the garden, I've started to realize that a lot of the weird bugs and insects I have are actually bees and not just flies!

    Here's a Leafcutter Bee, it cuts a leaf section out in around 4 seconds and flies away with it to make a nest with...

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    They like Rose leaves, so if you see this pattern in your leaves then that's ok, it's just a bee...

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    I can't remember if I posted this anywhere, so i'll add it here., it was only recent... Male Blue Banded Bees roosting at night...

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    Is it normal for them to roost together like that or is this a really rare image?
     
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    Wow, that's an amazing pic, and the most amazing phenomenon. Is that the norm for them or something weird you just happened to capture?
    I have one blue-banded that spends hours in the Thai Basil. I'm assuming it's the same little guy each day because they seem to be so habitual. (I'm basing that on a few comments you've made...I know nothing about bees)
    So if they're social rather then solitary, I should have other blue banded bees around yeah? Is there anything in particular that seems to attract them?
     
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