I have noticed that whilst there have been far fewer bees around this time of year, last year and this, this year at least their place has increasingly been replaced by other nectar loving creatures.

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

I counted 6 Hoverflies around my Agapanthus and Purple Loose-strife the other day, and just 1 bee.

I took a number of pictures, which you have to do working in macro mode with fast moving creatures, but as with a number of activities, practice makes perfect, and I gradually approached my goal.

Hoverfly 2

Not easy to follow these, handholding a 50-200mm lens (need to work on those arms !),  so several rests in between shots, which allows for review, and change of position.

The Zuiko 50-200mm at full bore is eqv. to 400mm, and I used a Canon close-up lens (500D) on the front for the closer shots.

A couple of learning points for next time – slightly deeper depth of field, and possibly trying to attach a ringflash for less severe glare. I used the pop-up flash for fill-in, but I expect the lens blocked off a fair bit of that. Possibly a tripod as well, as even with in-body stabilisation there could easily be movement blur entering the equation.

But with some perseverence , I got the shot I was after. the insect in parallel with the lens and just enough depth of field to show the creature at it’s best.

From a bit of research I believe this is the Marmalade hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus, unless anyone can advise other wise.

Hoverfly 3

The next goal will be to capture some of these in flight, actually hovering, but that’s for another day.


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