...surprised me today with a great new macro lens for my Nikon SLR! I immediately ran outside with it and took about 500 photos. I suppose I should read the manual sometime...
Honeybee on echinops (Globe thistle.) I love this pic because you can see the hairs on her eyeball, and the pollen packed into the "basket" on her hind leg. I also love it because I love my honeybees. :)
Painted Lady butterfly on yellow coneflower.
Bumble with her head stuck in a basil flower.
Bumble bee on a sunflower that self-seeded under my birdfeeder!
Two Goldenrod Soldier beetles looking for a little privacy while they get it on under the watchful lens of the local paparazzi. Jennifer Schlick has a great blog post on these interesting bugs. Read it here!
Now I think this...
...is an Alfalfa Leafcutter bee, like the ones nesting in my Mason bee boxes. If anyone can confirm that I.D., I'd appreciate it.
Same bee, different flower. What impressive mandibles!
I this is some sort of bumblebee with a lot of orange on its body. I really need to learn my bumblebees!
...is one of my favourites, the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, aka hemaris thysbe. They are one of my favourite things in the garden. I still remember the first time i saw one. I thought it was the world's smallest hummingbird. They are amazing creatures that fly just like... a hummingbird.
And here's another Painted Lady...
We've had an explosion of butterflies this spring and summer. Yesterday there were hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies all around this area. My friend Ronna saw many being killed by cars yesterday, because they were so numerous on and around the roads!! They really are gorgeous.
Mr. Goldenrod Soldier beetle, post-tryst.
My perennial favourites again...
Gorgeous, gorgeous honeybees. For those who fear them, let me point out that they are generally very gentle, especially when out foraging. My macro lens almost touched some of these honeybees and they didn't care one bit.
Now I need to go read that manual, but I'm having a blast with this lens!!
Thank you for my wonderful surprise gift, Gordon! xoxoxo