Best time to shoot insects?

Started Jun 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Steve Balcombe Forum Pro • Posts: 13,090
Re: Best time to shoot insects?

On hot summer days, late afternoon can be a good time. As the air gets cooler the flying insects are still active so you can find them, but they settle more often and for longer. And crawling insects seek out sunny spots for warmth so they are out in the open.

Late afternoon sun is good for photography too. It's much less harsh than the middle of the day, but still bright enough for natural light macros.

Here's a good example of insects seeking out the sun. This was a sunny patch of a few square metres in a wooded area. The whole patch had this density of damselflies, which numbered thousands altogether.

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