this is South stack lighthouse which i visited in a previous blog Here
Walking down the path towards the cliff edge , i almost immediately spotted a Rose Chafer beetle feeding on what appeared to be angelica florets. i shot this with natural light.
they really are a stunning colour, shooting anything on a pale or white flower is extremely difficult to get a good exposure , using flash makes it even harder which i found out later in the afternoon.
walking along the main path along the cliff top a huge beetle flew past me, very close! the sound they make is quite loud and i managed to follow it until it landed, it was a Cockchafer about 1.1/4 inch in length , which are often called May bugs :) late this year with it being such a cold summer presumably. it landed on a rock that was covered in pale lichen which made it easy to shoot as it was about 2 ft above the path. these are the images i shot at different magnifications.
it soon flew off into heather but i managed one more head on shot .
along the cliff top there is virtually nothing to be seen , very unusual but a few of these tiny green flower beetles, approx 5 mm in length.
and a Digger wasp that didn't want its face photographed lol
On way back to the car park i found another Rose Chafer , so tried shooting with mpe-65 and flash! found it very difficult to get good exposure on both beetle and flower. in fact this is the only half decent image i got, you can see the difference in colour to a natural light shot of the beetle
mpe-65 full flash
natural light 100mm macro , much more natural
Then just below the car park i heard a loud buzzing , after a few minutes looking i spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth egg laying , i watched in amazement for ages trying to shoot a very fast moving moth lol here is the best image
i found an egg she had layed and took it home, here is the Caterpillar that hatched and is now in a pupae almost ready to emerge into a beautiful moth.
That was the end of a long day , not the best for photography but enjoyable all the same :)
tomorrow i will be in the lake district butterfly hunting :)