Butterflies, Moths and Assorted Insects...

Maximilian

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One of my best friends right now:
A ladybug larva. Probably an Asian ladybug (harmonia axyridis), so an invasive species, human spread as "useful creature" (Not me!).
I would have preferred the native two-spot or seven-spot. But as they are eating up to 1.200 aphids until they pupate I take them gladly this year.

5D3+100L macro+36mm extention tube+macro ring light
1/60, f/16, ISO1600, handheld (!) 2 out of 30 pics
close to MFD, only slight cropping

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ladybug_larva2.JPG
 
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AlanF

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Beautiful shots as always, Alan! What focal length and f-stop did you use to get that perfect amount of depth-of-field?
Thanks. 3m distance, 500mm, f/5.6. I would stop down to f/11 if I needed more dof for these. I use the same lens for birds and beetles.
 
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AlanF

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Soem I could gest yesterday.
Top-down: female brimstone, marbled white, peacock.

Somehow I like the German names (here translated) more:
brimstone = lemon butterfly
marbled white = chessboard
The element Cobalt is derived from the German Kobold = evil spirit. Amusing?
 

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
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The element Cobalt is derived from the German Kobold = evil spirit. Amusing?
Interesting! I've learned that the name "Cobalt" was because it was worthless to the old miners, although it looked like silver, so a bad joke from a "Kobold".
 
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AlanF

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How would animal EyeAF cope with these butterflies that have large trompe l'oeil "eyes" on their wings!?