Macro Photo Gallery

My oh my, is macro fun.  Until July 2015, 98% of the photos I've taken have been of birds, with a few other wildlife or landscape shots thrown in. That all changed once I bought a truly incredible macro lens, the Canon 100mm 2.8L IS.  Shooting macro, particularly insects, opens up a whole new world.  When I started taking photos of birds, I knew very little about bird species, and each new "discovery" was a true delight.  I'm having the same wonderful experience now with macro photography.

Click on the thumbnail or name for a higher-resolution view.  There's no detail on each regarding location, date, etc.  The vast, vast majority of these were taken within 10 miles of our house in Brandon, South Dakota.  Also note that why I'm really putting an effort into getting the correct ID, some are only identified to genus or other level besides actual species.  I also make NO attempt here to put things in any kind of taxonomic order!!  Finally, all photos are copyrighted; contact me if you'd like to use them for any purpose.  

Bees
Leafcutter Bee - Megachile Mining Bee - Andrena Long-horned Bee -Melissodes Long-horned Bee - Melissodes
Leafcutter Bee (Megachile) Mining Bee (Andrena) Long-horned Bee (Melissodes) Long-horned Bee (Melissodes)
Long-horned Bee - Melissodes Honeybee - Apis genus Sweat Bee - Halictus ligatus Sweat Bee -  Lasioglossum (Dialictus)
Long-horned Bee (Melissodes) Honeybee (Apis)  Sweat Bee - Halictus ligatus Sweat Bee -  Lasioglossum (Dialictus)
White-winged Perdita - Perdita albipennis      
White-winged Perdita - Perdita albipennis      
 
Wasps
Cerceris fumipennis - Wasp Thread-waisted Wasp - Sphecidae Grass-carrying Wasp - Isodontia Ichneumon Wasp - Netelia genus
Cerceris fumipennis Thread-waisted Wasp - Sphecidae Grass-carrying Wasp - Isodontia Ichneumon Wasp - Netelia genus
Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus      
Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus      
 
Moths (and their caterpillars)
Bird Dropping Moth - Ponometia Green Cloverworm Moth - Hypena scabra Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia - Pseudeustrotia carneola Spurge Hawkmoth - Hyles euphorbiae
Bug Dropping Moth - Ponometia Green Cloverworm Moth - Hypena scabra Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia - Pseudeustrotia carneola Spurge Hawkmoth - Hyles euphorbiae
Common Gray Moth - Anavitrinella pampinaria Lynx Flower Moth - Schinia lynx    
Common Gray Moth - Anavitrinella pampinaria Lynx Flower Moth - Schinia lynx    
 
Butterflies (and their caterpillars)
Clouded Sulphur - Colias philodice Delaware Skipper - Anatrytone logan Monarch Caterpillar - Danaus plexippus Monarch Caterpiillar - Danaus plexippus
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) Monarch Caterpillar Monarch Caterpillar
 
Dragonflies/Damselflies/Darters
Eastern Forktail - Ischunra verticalis Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis Damselfly - Coenagrionidae
Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis Damselfly - Coenagrionidae
Damselfly - Coenagrionidae Meadowhawk Dragonfly - Sympetrum Meadowhawk Dragonfly - Sympetrum  
Damselfly - Coenagrionidae Meadowhawk - Sympetrum Meadowhawk - Sympetrum  
 
Flies
Blowfly species - Calliphoridae Blowfly species - Calliphoridae Blowfly species - Calliphoridae Root Maggot Fly - Anthomyiidae
Blowfly (Calliphoridae) Blowfly (Calliphoridae) Blowfly (Calliphoridae) Root Maggot Fly - Anthomyiidae
Tachinid Fly - Archytas species Hoverfly - Syrphidae family Hoverfly - Syrphidae family Hoverfly - Syrphidae family
Tachinid Fly (Archytas) Hoverfly (Syrphidae) Hoverfly (Syrphidae) Hoverfly (Syrphidae)
Tiger Crane Fly - Nephrotoma Stilt-legged Fly - Rainiera antennaepes Mayfly - Isonychia bicolor Midge - Axarus genus - Festivus species group
Tiger Crane Fly (Nephrotoma) Stilt-legged Fly - Rainiera antennaepes Mayfly - Isonychia bicolor Midge - Axarus - Festivus species
 
Beetles
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle - Harmonia axyridis Goldenrod Soldier Beetle - Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus Goldenrod Soldier Beetle - Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus Blister Beetle - Epicauta
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) Goldenrod Soldier Beetle - Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus Goldenrod Soldier Beetle - Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus Blister Beetle - Epicauta
Blister Beetle - Epicauta Leaf Beetle - Paria Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica undecimpunctata Northern Corn Rootworm - Diabrotica barberi
Blister Beetle - Epicauta Leaf Beetle - Paria Spotted Cucumber Beetle -Diabrotica undecimpunctata Northern Corn Rootworm - Diabrotica barberi
Weevil - Anthonomus      
Weevil - Anthonomus      
 
True Bugs
Clouded Plant Bug - Neurocolpus Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus  Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus Jagged Ambush Bug - Phymata
Clouded Plant Bug - Neurocolpus Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus Jagged Ambush Bug - Phymata
Ambush Bug - Phymatinae      
Ambush Bug - Phymatinae      
 
Grasshoppers / Crickets / Katydids
Common Tree Cricket - Oecanthus Spur-throated Grasshopper - Melanoplus Short-horned Grasshopper - Melanoplus Lesser Meadow Katydid - Conocephalus
Common Tree Cricket - Oecanthus Spur-throated Grasshopper - Melanoplus Spur-throated Grasshopper - Melanoplus Lesser Meadow Katydid - Conocephalus
 
Spiders / Arachnids
Mesh-web Spider - Dictynidae Yellow Garden Spider - Argiope aurantia Harvestman -  Leiobunum vittatum Grass Spider - Agelenopsis
Mesh-web Spider - Dictynidae Yellow Garden Spider - Argiope aurantia Harvestman - Leiobunum vittatum Grass Spider - Agelenopsis
       
Flowers 
Thistle Bud Thistle Bud - Macro  Sunflower head - Macro  Horsetail - Equisetum 
Thistle Bud  Thistle Bud  Sunflower head  Horsetail - Equisetum 
       
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