Macro in April & May

As the title suggests this is a selection of macro shots taken at the end of April & through May of this year using a variety of lenses with my Olympus camera.

I have decided to put them in date order starting with a couple taken on the 22nd April at Blashford Lakes nature reserve using the Olympus 80mm F4 macro lens. They are colourful metallic beetle and a flavoguttata nomada solitary bee.

Metallic beetle
Metallic beetle
nomada flavoguttata
nomada flavoguttata

Now on to the ones in May, beginning on the 11th, using again the Olympus 80mm F4 macro lens and from Blashford Lakes nature reserve.

First off one of my favourite type of shots, a head shot of a damselfly.

Damsel head shot
Damsel head shot

There was a wide variety of insects about that day including a Acorn Weevil (Curculio glandium), a Rhabdomiris striatellus plant bug, what I believe to be a 1st instar shieldbug, and a Myopa pellucida thick-headed fly.

Weevil eyes
Weevil eyes
Rhabdomiris striatellus
Rhabdomiris striatellus
1st instar shieldbug
1st instar shieldbug
1st instar shieldbug II
1st instar shieldbug II
Myopa pellucida thick-headed fly
Myopa pellucida thick-headed fly

12th of May is next and just a single shot of a pair of Common Malachite soft-winged flower beetles (Malachius bipustulatus) appearing to wrestle each other. These were found on Sopley Common in Dorset and taken with my Olympus 60mm F2.8 lens.

Fight!
Fight!

Next set span the dates of 19th, 25th, 26th & 27th of May. All taken at Blashford Lakes nature reserve using the Venus LAOWA 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro Lens.

It’s quite a mixture comprising of a possible Red Pant bug, some more damselfly head shots, a Cantharis cryptica soldier beetle, a Jumping Spider (Heliophanus cupreus) having a snack, a couple of Honey bees (Apis mellifera), a Yellow Flat-footed fly (Agathomyia wankowiczii), and a Bramble Sawfly (Arge cyanocrocea).

Red Plant Bug?
Red Plant Bug?
Teeth
Teeth
Cantharis cryptica soldier beetle
Cantharis cryptica soldier beetle
The end
The end
Golden
Golden
Honey bee head shot
Honey bee head shot
Yellow Flat-footed fly
Yellow Flat-footed fly
Eek!
Eek!
I wonder
I wonder
Bramble Sawfly
Bramble Sawfly
Tasty
Tasty

Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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