08.03.2020 Monday Macro- A couple of bug buds on a pod

A pair of mating Milkweed Bugs-Lygaeus kalmii in an unusual position on a milkweed pod. Usually they mate rear to rear.

The one on the left does seem rather fond of its partner. Evidence of the twin flash can be seen in the eyes.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 08.03.2020 Monday Macro- A couple of bug buds on a pod

  1. You’re making good use of your latest apparatus. I often see evidence of my ring flash when I photograph frostweed ice.

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  2. I really like these bright coloured bugs. Nice photo! I find with flash you can get some really nice stand-out details in there, especially these little critters. In some cases it would be nigh impossible to get the detail without the added light.

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    • Thanks, Pete. Yes, I am seeing features in detail that I could not before. I know that there is a way to polarize the flash but have yet to follow through. Not a problem on this shot but on hard exoskeletons there are too many highlights.

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      • That is the only problem with flash. I came across an all black adult sawfly yesterday whilst watering the garden. It was evening so the light was not good, so had to use the flash. I got it triple diffused, as I find even if trying to reduce the power of the flash via the unit does not really work for me. The results weren’t too bad in the end, considering.

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  3. You might’ve just convinced me of the necessity of flash. Usually I hate it. But this looks fantastic.

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    • Thanks!
      I prefer ambient light but it is coming in handy for insect chasing. Some are stationary enough so you can shoot them with a tripod mounted kit but often they have to be chased for the moment of stillness and I cannot capture a sharp shot handheld at the speed required. I have much to learn still about using flash but am enjoying it.

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    • I’ve generally avoided the glare of flash, too, but several times lately I’ve rediscovered its usefulness in letting me stop down to a small aperture and get more in focus than I’d otherwise have been able to. Steve’s picture here is a good example of that.

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      • I’ve been getting carried away here in the yard with the flash. But like with most new toys it’ll start gathering dust a bit, especially once bug season is over. Been fun.


  4. Maria says:

    I see that you get a more pronounced catchlight in the bug’s eyes. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. Nice Steve! They are interesting to photograph!

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Maybe the one on the left didn’t get enough satisfactory kicks on Rt. 66.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Maybe you caught them while they were getting adjusted to each other. 😉 I love these guys boldly-patterned bugs – I used to see them all the time.

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    • The milkweed this year in our yard has attracted all the usual suspects but a bunch of others as well. Most were just using it as a stopover. I think the one on the left was reassuring the other that what they were doing was perfectly natural so probably male. 🙂

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  8. shoreacres says:

    The flash does bring out more details. I could have used some flash on my walk to the big tree. I tried the in-camera flash, but even reduced as much as I could, it was a little harsh. This pair’s cute — I do get a kick out of all the insects that take advantage of the monarch’s color on their own behalf.

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    • Probably the best known Monarch mimic is the Viceroy. I’ve yet to have an opportunity with one. This year I have been surprised to find several other insects on our milkweed without the colors that would deter a predator. Not sure what that indicates but it has been nice seeing more than the usual suspects.
      Being new to the flash, it is taking me a little time to respond to light and whatever else is in the frame so as to not have it set too high and blow out highlights. But I am happy with both the detail and subtle colors being revealed.


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