Catching flight

I’ve been captivated by insects all summer. The colours and textures of the tiniest creatures are just stunning close up, magnified by the macro lens in the spotlight of bright sunshine. In these shots the camera has caught insects flight, frozen the movement, made the whir of wings visible.

honey bee or hover fly in flight

Not sure if this is a honey bee or a hover fly just about to land on cow parsley flowers.

hoverfly about to land on cow parsley

Selecting the landing spot.

white-tailed bumble bee

You can see the blur of wings on this white-tailed bumble bee checking out a bramble flower.

white-tailed-bumblebee-about-to-land

Here, the wings are caught and frozen as this bumblebee is about to land.

(A couple of clicks opens the full-sized image.)

Taken at Culzean, 21 July 2013.