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Old Sep 27, 2009, 10:48 PM   #1
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I was able to break away for a couple of hours this afternoon for an insect safari. In Florida most of the good flower blooming happens later summer and fall and I have been trying to get out as much as possible this past month. All these shots were taken with the K20d, AF160 ring flash, and Lester A Dine 105mm macro lens.

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Old Sep 27, 2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Old Sep 27, 2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Hi Tim,

Some very good work!!!! I don't know bugs, but my favorite is the shot in the second post, whatever it is. I will say that the #5 from the first post is the most intriguing. I'd call it a splay-legged, needle nosed fur bug, but that would probably be a dead giveaway that I have no idea what I'm talking about. . .

Looks like your putting that AF 160 to some good use!

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Old Sep 28, 2009, 12:24 AM   #4
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Wait a minute - you are having way too much fun with that ring flash. I'd like to get one of those, but but can't at the moment, so you are not helping my peace of mind by posting these shots.

I think I like the butterfly or moth best - as you can tell, I'm clueless when it comes to bugs.
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Wow, fantastic, amazing captures.

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Tim - simply amazing detail in these great photos! That spider sure has a mouthful!! My favorite is the "in-flight" skipper - is that a long-tailed skipper??
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Thanks guys,
My tentative IDs on the insects are:
#1 Green Lynx Spider with Scoliid Wasp.
#2 and #3 Megachilid Bee, possibly Anthidium perplexum
#4 is a long tailed skipper (good eye Mole)
#5 is a Bee Fly, and I can't tell you much about #6 beyond it being a Robber Fly.
Thanks for the kind words,
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#5 is a wonderful shot. Although I can just make out the wings, it really looks like he has jumped from somewhere and is hoping to land on the next flower....

All great though. Do you use the ringflash on equal power to both tubes?
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Terrific macros! Hard to pick a favorite as they are all great shots. The stop actions on the moth and bee are very impressive.

A ring flash is on my wish list but I have a long list.

Nice Work!
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The color contrast in all your close-up pictures (this thread and others recently posted) is terrific.. The in-flight shots are stoppers. Well done!

Edit: The robber fly looks like one of the genus Mallophorina, which prey on bees and wasps.
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