Tales From the Back Yard – Insect Macro Photography
Summer is here and the insect world is humming which means that your own backyard will provide almost limitless subjects for macro photography. At a minimum, you’ll need a camera, preferably as DSLR with a macro lens (e.g., Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens), and a bit of patience. If you have the opportunity to get out early in the morning, particularly if it was a cool evening, you may find that your targets are more tolerant of you approaching with your camera.
I’ve been shooting a few macro images around the backyard (when the mosquitos are on break). Here are few examples of what I’ve caught so far.
Harvestman (Leiobunum) scavenging on a cup plant.
Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) enjoying a snack.
Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Eastern Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura verticalis)
Plume moth (Pterophoridae)