I think its time i went on a Bug Hunt, been far too long , Bodnant gardens near Conwy in North Wales seems a good idea , usually a good chance of Miner bees and one of the few places i know that can see Beeflys which are on the wing now , its early spring and quite warm with a sunny day forecast :)
I have arrived and entered the Gardens , the spring flower borders are looking superb.
Superb view over the Snowdonia mountains
The terrace and the rose gardens are usually a good starting point , a large Saraccoca i think its called, has small white flowers that Beeflys love to feed on is near the steps on the edge of the garden in below photo. i am heading there first.
Walking down onto the lower terrace i have spotted a Miner bee in the shade on a wall, they need warmth to fly so this one should be easy to photograph with the Mpe-65 macro lens.
Its being a good model :)
coming to where the Saracoca Was! as its been dug out :( no Beefly feeding shots today it would seem!
Now i head down a steep path lined with Camelias which goes down to the lower stream in the valley , good waterside planting will attract the bugs hopefully. i have just shot this tiny moth fly on a Camelia petal :) they are about 3-4 mm wingspan .
at last a Beefly , they are very skittish today and cant get close enough to shoot properly.
I have spotted my first large red damselfly of the year, a couple weeks earlier than last year ,this is a two frame focus stack with mpe-65
After an hour shooting, or trying lol i am going to have a quick walk around the gardens before going home. a lovely hoverfly in a Rhododenron flower:)
the end of a great day in wales