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Asilid - Laphria sadales - male

Asilid - Laphria sadales - Male
Nine Mile Recreation Area, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA
July 3, 2015
Found on forest understory vegetation in mixed forest. Eventually landed on a tree limb on the ground.

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Asilid - Laphria sadales - male Asilid - Laphria sadales - male

This is
a very fine photo of this species. Nice work.

Great photos!
I find these to be pretty wary and difficult to photograph.


I got lucky this first day I saw it. I went back the next day with visions of getting some shots with the MP-E 65mm. Don't know if it was the warmer temps, but I couldn't even get close. This area was a great asilid spot.

What camera?
If you don't mind, what photography equipment are you using for these macros? They're excellent, and in many cases, can be identified to species from the photos.

I got a Canon 70D over the winter, my first DSLR.

Most of my recent asilid pics are with the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. The Laphria undescribed species near franciscana was incredibly lucky in that it let me get close enough to get shots with the MP-E 65mm.

I got the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and use the diffuser blogged about here. I need to experiment with some other additional diffusion techniques to further diffuse the light. This summer is more for learning the ins and outs of the setup though. New diffuser will probably be worked on this winter.

Also went to BugShot in CA this May to learn from John Abbott, Thomas Shahan, and Alex Wild. That definitely helped.

Thanks for the detailed info!

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