More Insect Life

The clear focus this week is on our tiny friends. They're everywhere… especially the grasshoppers. Out in the fields they were leaping out of my path, a constant stream of the little leapers. I eventually found a spot to take some photographs. First, a grasshopper posing :whistle:

And now from the side…

At the edge of a building site they were congregating for their nuptials :right:

Meanwhile there were more ants. This time they were red ants, and they weren't flying, they were farming.

I saw a burnet moth (I'm not sure whether it's a six-spotted, or another variant).

And on every other flower head, the red soldier beetles were busy making lots more red soldier beetles.

I'll close with a peacock butterfly, one of many varieties currently on the wing (though strangely there have been precious few painted ladies this year).

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 40D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. I_ArtMan July 21, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    jimminy cricket… i love insects… except flies.

  2. gdare July 21, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Grasshoppers and butterfly :yes:

  3. derspecht July 21, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Great shots! So sharp, you see the ants hair! :eyes: Did you use a tripod?

  4. Vulpes vulpes July 22, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Super shots! I can see that the news lens is being put through its paces! 😀

  5. SittingFox July 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Great photos! 🙂

  6. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Scott, thanks! I've rarely seenm so many together. The conditions were perfect.

  7. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Vulpes, thanks. The lens has more or less been been glued to the camera 😉

  8. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Darko cheers :cheers:

  9. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Erwin thanks!

  10. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Swen, thanks! No tripod. These are hand held. The new L lens has excellent image stabilization designed for macro work.

  11. Words July 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Adele, thanks!

  12. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Beautiful Pict