A hornet (vespa crabro) series doing a refuel of plant sap (their aviation fuel) at a white syringa.
Somehow I don't understand the fear people have from those as they are quite inoffensive to humans - esp. compared to wasps.
I can tell you as I have already been stung by a wasp this year. These were so relaxed that I could get almost as close as MFD of the 100L (30 cm).
Look at the shape of the compound eye, look at their barbed feet, look at their mandibles, and the neck is white - as it is with the bees.
It's really fascinating to me.
Edit: I also found that if I approached them too fast they were showing a defensive attitude by raising and spreading their fore legs.
I know this behaviour from mantises but never saw this from hornets or wasps before.
5D3, 100L, 1/80, f/16, macro ring light, fill flash, some cropping
My first ever BIF, Butterfly in Flight - they aren't easy. eyeAF wouldn't be helpful for this Small Heath Butterfly as it has the usual trick of large eyes on its wings to fool predators and mirrorless.
While digging out an image of a Turkey Buzzard for the BIF thread, I came across four Florida butterflies I took last year in the Everglades (I want to go back!). A Mangrove Skipper, Dusky Skipper, Julia and male Monarch (all with the 100-40mm II on the 5DSR - I need a lens that cope with shots insects 3m away to BIF when out hiking).
found all these neat bugs and turns out I basically witnessed almost all the stages in a ladybug's life cycle in an hour... weird, funny and educational. early larvae, later larvae, pupa and adult.. just missed eggs. Sadly the easiest one (ladybug adult) I didn't try so hard as I have many... was just testing a DIY macro flash diffuser I built.. .works well, all these were handheld..
EOS R with a Laowa 60mm Makro and a MT 24 with diffusors
1/250 Iso 3200 and f/8 (not shure maybe f/11; it is a all manual lens and i cannot remember exactly) only croped the top to get 16:9. I like the look of the 60mm focal length.