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Beetles & Bugs
Break out the macro lens for these subjects. A little fill flash can be helpful, and I almost always use a tripod. Easy to find in the garden, forest or fields.
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My favorite insects, butterflies can be a challenge. Hitting the sweet spot of a fast shutter speed to stop motion and a small enough f stop can be difficult.
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Moths are a little tougher than butterflies to capture on camera. They are generally smaller, more secretive, and they prefer night over daytime.
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Fond the right host plant and you will probably find caterpillars on that plant. Look for foliage with obvious "bite"marks.
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These guys are aways a challenge. They are small and hard to see, they can fly fast, and it's always windy when I am trying to shoot them! Always found near water – even mud puddles.
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Spiders & Kin
I like to shoot spiders. For one thing they are usually still. Their webs can provide a geometric backdrop, and lastly they are just really cool creatures! There are plenty of them out there so finding a subject is not difficult. Careful, some are poisonous.
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Bees & Wasps
Find any nectar producing flower and you will find bees and some wasps. Water can attract paper wasps as they need it to make their nests. Watch breathing on bees or wasps - there is evidence that CO2 can trigger an attack.
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