Reader “Gorebug” sent us a bunch of nice arthropod photos, including bees, dragonflies, and other cool stuff.
I purchased my macro lens with the justification that I’d use it for photographing coins, but had a pleasant bit of summer weather here in Calgary resulted in lots of insects around one evening so I dashed out to try my hand at some living subjects in the front yard.First the odonates: Posed on a Catmint (Nepeta) flowerhead is a Sympetrum internum (cherry-faced meadow hawk) and judging by the coloration, it would be a juvenile. This species turns a dark red as it matures.
While not as pleasing a picture, I was able to shoot this Sympetrum danae (Black Meadowhawk) munching on some dinner. After a couple more chews, the morsel was all gone.
These next two look most like Lestes disjunctus to my untrained eye. The second one seems to be carrying some sort of parasite on its underbelly.
Next up is Bombus (perplexus?) coming in for a landing after a rainy afternoon.
Bumblebees are much more difficult to shoot as don’t sit still nearly as well as the dragon- and damsel-flies.
Bombus huntii (?)
These next two were photographed while visiting my folks in Vernon, BC.
A honeybee (genus Apis).
And another Bombus:
Lastly, back home in Calgary, I found these fellow Hymenoptera milking some aphids.