Best time to shoot insects?

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Re: Best time to shoot insects?
In reply to bgD300, Jun 22, 2013

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Wow, only 5 days to get a reply editor to come up.

Here are the original full frame shots from the images above resized for compactness,=.

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I am impressed at the detail you are capturing. The cropped images are great.  I just started trying insect macro photography. I was out for the first time other day and every time I got low to photograph something, the insect(s) would fly off.  Are there colors that insects don't like? Because they all seemed to see me coming.

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In reply to Gpruitt54, Jun 22, 2013

but I suspect that would be species specific and I don't know them that well.  I do know that some deer and rabbits use a waving flash of their white tails as an alarm.

Eyesight also varies by species. For example, I am usually able to get very close to orbweaver spiders but the hunters like the lynx are a lot harder.

A lot of insects and other creatures are very attuned to our motion and the vibrations we send through the ground. The other day, I was quietly leaning over a boardwalk railing to wait out some of the mangrove and fiddler crabs that were in the muck beneath me. As long as I didn't move my feet they were quite happy to live out their lives below. Here is a shot from that.

But, quiet only lasts so long on a boardwalk that leads to a public fishing pier. A couple of folks came walking down the path and when they were still 10 to 15 feet away and out of sight from the crabs, they all disappeared into their holes.

Insects are similar. If you make sudden moves they move away. Obviously, aphids aren't going to move too fast but others will simply ignore you if you are still and a part of the scene when they arrive.

In general, calm, slow and smooth is good. If you are excited, it puts out scary vibes (pardon that one) and alters your movements.

And, a final note on bugs. On a photo club outing to a local park, a lady wanted to watch me shoot bugs so that she could try it. I was agreeable. As we all met in the parking lot of the park, she went to her car and offered insect repellent to anyone who wanted it. I laughed and told her she should probably stick to the birds and flowers if she had already applied it.

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Re: Best time to shoot insects?
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These are my first attempts at insect macro photography.  I shot these late in the afternoon just outside of Chicago.  The time was after 6:00pm.

During the time I was shooting, these were the only insects I found.  I hoped to photograph Dragonflies, but these would have to do.  What are these buy the way?

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Those are hoverflies
In reply to Gpruitt54, Jun 24, 2013

They actually do stop and start in flight.  They generally make a pretty good target when they land.

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They actually do stop and start in flight. They generally make a pretty good target when they land.

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What kind of insect is it?

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Hoverfly.

That's the name of that type of bee-like fly.  There are a lot of different ones.  For a specific identification, I use bugguide.net.  You need to register but they will generally get you an ID pretty quickly.

If you know the general type like wasp or bee or hoverfly, it will return a lot of pictures that you can try to match to.  If you can't find it you can upload your image for ID.

http://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=hoverfly&search=Search has a lot of pictures.

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