Back to the Sunflower patch, breeze was lighter today, than yesterday. I was looking at stinging insects, the blooms were visited by Honeybees, Paper Wasps, mud Daupers and Bumblebees. First is a very abstract image.

IMGP0026The flight of the Bumblebee, abstract.  Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0020Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens, flash fill.

I added my 2X teleconverter and was able to get more magnification on the busy little bee.

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Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

I also photographed 3 different species of wasps, first was the Black and yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron caementarium).

IMGP9991Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0057Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Next up is the European paper wasp (Polistes dominula), an introduced species.

IMGP0005Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0013Business end, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0003Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Now the native Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus), not very thin yellow bands and black antennae.

IMGP0039Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Went back today, and found these guys. One bee one fly. IMGP0072Bumblebee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0063Common greenbottle, (Lucilia sericata), July 24, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

 

I should look into replacing my well worn 50mm f:4 macro lens (1:2) with a 100mm f:2.8 version, as it will increase my working distance and will give me 1:1 or 2:1 with my 2X mounted.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa

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