Anyone who enjoys flower photography will know the special joy of suddenly spotting a little bee or other bug in the flower you are about to photograph. Over the years I seem to have amassed quite a number of these ‘bonus bug’ shots.
Sometime I don’t even see the insect until after I’ve taken the photo, when I look at it for the first time on my computer. You’ll find a shot of a rose below where the presence of a ladybird came as a complete surprise to me!
At other times I have set out to deliberately capture an insect. These are the more frustrating shots, as insects haven’t really perfected the skill of posing for the camera! But each time I succeed in getting the photo I’m after, there’s a little buzz (pun intended!) of excitement, as there is with any wildlife photography.
For Terri’s Sunday Stills challenge ‘Summer Bugs’ I have a selection of my more successful deliberate shots and my favourite ‘happy accident’ ones. Some were taken close to home, others on my travels.
Let’s start with the bees, so essential to our well-being and indeed our very existence on earth!
Butterflies are probably the hardest ‘bugs’ to capture, which may explain why I have relatively few shots of them!
Dragonflies and damselflies
These can look very similar but there are some key differences. Damselflies rest with their wings closed, while dragonflies keep them spread out like a plane. And dragonflies have very large eyes that are close together, whereas damselflies have slightly smaller eyes with a gap in between.
Flies, beetles and more
Here to finish is a mixed bunch of other bugs I’ve spotted in different places.