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    Insect about to turn left?

    A bit of a struggle to get a good exposure on this scene, but I liked the way that this hoverfly was holding out it's left wing. As though it was signaling it's intention to turn left.

    Insect about to turn left?

    In reality, I suspect that it had a balance problem and the outstretched wing was acting as a counter weight.

    The hoverfly is Portevenia maculata which is a species that specialises on Wild Garlic plants, as here.

    40D with Sigma 180 macro lens and speedlite flash; and obviously, a Manfrotto tripod.

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    Re: Insect about to turn left?

    How far away from subject are you with that lens?

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    Re: Insect about to turn left?

    Brilliant shot, love it.

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    Re: Insect about to turn left?

    Nice shot Geoff and I like the exposure you got. Hoverfly is well placed in the frame too.

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    Re: Insect about to turn left?

    Thanks for the comments.

    With that lens, James, I usually work around 12 to 18 inches from the target. Which I find to be a 'sensible' working distance balance between getting close and scaring the insects.

    But it is also cropped. That fly is about 10 mm long.

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