Taken with my Nikon D3000 by using a home-made reversing ring to flip my kit lens for a super macro effect. I then processed the image to correct for underexposure (blame the ghetto setup) and slight lack of contrast. Obtaining focus on the ladybug was quite irritating as the depth of field provided by such a setup is greatly reduced by using a wide open aperture.
Shutter Speed - 1/20th second
ISO - 400
Aperture - f/3.5
-Andre Mere

Camera: Old film Canon Rebel that cost me $60 from a friend who didn't use it in years.
Lens: Old Sigma macro lens.
Specs: 800 ISO film, that's all I remember.
I was waiting at the bus stop from school to downtown and I hear a girl say, "Careful where you sit" I look down at the bench and see an ant immobilized somehow (maybe from someone else sitting down earlier?). Anyway, I bust out my old camera and turn on the macro switch on the old lens. It took me a while to focus correctly but I think I did a pretty good job. Since it was a film camera, I didn't have immediate results, but well worth the wait when I developed the shot later in the day. Now, I have the picture on my iPhone 4 to show to the girl.
-Joant Ubeda

Was in my backyard, with some food sitting on the table, attracting bugs, so i could get in nice and close
photography is just a hobby, so i dont have a very nice camera, im using just a point and shoot Nikon, Coolpix p90

This little bastard snuck into my house and was relaxing in the kitchen. I can't tell you how much I hate these things, but for once I was actually excited. I grabbed my d700 and attached my Nikkor 105mm f2.8 VR Micro (Macro) lens and an sb900 on a sync cord, and stalked up on him. I was able to take a few shots before I spooked him and thereby him spooking me. I opened the door and he flew right out, it was like he just stopped by for a quick shoot. He still has not returned for proofs.
-Rich Phillips

Camera: Nikon E3700
Focal Length: 9 mm
F-Number: F/3.5
Exposure Time: 1/241 sec. (really?)
ISO Speed: ISO-50
Taken with a Nikon E3700 point and shoot. Was playing with camera on my balcony and this bug decided to stop by. Switched camera to macro mode and took a picture hoping for something good. Was very happy with the results. In camera processing only - no cropping/retouching/editing.
-Bryan Richard

Taken with a Canon G2 with a macro lens attatched. ISO 50 f/2.0 1/500" (RAW). I went out into my back yard to find some bugs, and I was amazed at the variety I found. These little guys were actually quite friendly with a few landing right on my camera.
-Willie Hosea

Canon PowerShot SD790IS (Point & Shoot)
ISO 80
1/160 F8.0
Digital Macro mode
I found this good sized caterpillar (~3-4") as I was working on Wednesday. I took the picture not even an hour before the challenge for this week was announced. Location is in Utah, just North of Salt Lake City.
-Craig Bjorklund

Camera: Canon Rebel XTI
Lens: 18-55mm
Auto Macro Setting
I was walking by a flowering cactus and heard a lot of really loud buzzing. When I looked inside of the flower, I saw this guy fumbling around in a drunken pollen stupor. What a hard life. :)
-Adina Anthony

I work in the security industry which affords me the opportunity to carry around a camera from time to time. The other day, I came out to my car and found a huge Grasshopper on the sunroof. I went and grabbed my camera, luckily it was still there when I got back...
Camera & Settings:
D80 with an 18-200mm Nikon lens. Zoomed to 200mm. Program Auto. Built in flash on. From OSX, I can see that it shot at f5.6 for 1/60th of a second.
-Andrew Sims

Taken with the Canon T2i with kit lens and a cheap macro lens. I was bored and there were a ton of dead ladybugs/japanese beetles lying around.
I believe it was F5 or so with Auto ISO, sunlight, bit of shading on the back with lightroom.
-Nick Upton

It's a bug, but not a bug that bugs us. This monarch butterfly landed on my back left tire as I loaded my camera bag into my car yesterday (Thursday, July 8). I was leaving to take photos at a hair salon, so I had my camera settings set for interiors (available light): wide angle lens (EF-S17-55mm), ISO 800, f/3.5, 1/125 sec.). No time to change to my telephoto or a lower ISO, mostly because I was running late, not because the butterfly was skittish—it kept opening and closing its wings and clung to the wheel for a few seconds as I backed out (I saw it fly away, honest).
-Joanne Bouknight

I took this while being bothered by flys at a local cafe over a peanut butter smoothie. 400 iso, f/5.6, 1/40 sec. on my brand new Canon Digital Rebel T2i.
-Miguel Estrada

Shot with a Nikon D80.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Shot using ISO-250, f/5, 1/200 sek and edited in Lightroom 3.
I saw this ladybug when i was out in the garden and decided to take a picture of it but it turned out to be a bit harder than expected because the plant it was sitting on was moving quite much in the wind. After many tries i succeeded and I am quite happy with the results.
- Filip Gustafsson

Panasonic Lumix GF1
14-45mm lens
Focal lenth 45mm
ISO 250
Exposure 1/60
Aperture f/5.6
Taken on 7/8/10
I took my 3y/o niece to the local zoo and while she was running around she stumbled upon these flowers. She yelled, "Uncle, uncle! Come look at these bugs, they have a fur on them." Sure enough, as I came up, there was this little furry insect doing his daily routine. I felt that this shot caught this little bee doing what it does best.
-Seng Yang

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: 5.6
Exposure Time: 1/60
ISO: 160
I was walking through the gardens of the West Baden Springs Resort in West Baden Springs, IN and I happened upon a bush teeming with butterflies. I took several photos of the butterflies, but this one stood out above the rest.
-Ryan Clark

DSLR: Pentax K-7
Lens: Voigtländer Macro Apo-Lanthar 125mm F2.5 @ F4
Shutter: 1/125s
ISO: 200
Burst shooting in "A"(perture Priority) Mode.
Went out specifically to find & shoot some bugs for the contest. Spent 30 minutes shooting mating damselflies. Got a couple nice ones. Packed up. Headed home. On the way back, found a huge Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and got this shot in the first 30 seconds :-D I did spend a few more minutes taking "textbook" butterfly shots, but none were as dynamic as this one.
-Rawhead Rex

Twilight Spider
Taken: 7/9/2010
Sony DSC-W230
Shot in Portrait Mode
ISO 125
While my DSLR has not arrived yet, I saw this beautiful yellow spider attached to my pergola. I grabbed my trusty Sony pocket cam and using Portrait mode I turned on macro and shut off the flash and snapped a few picks of our eight-legged friend against the waining light of a summer evening.
-James Madara

Equipment: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon 55-200 VR
Settings: Auto
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
ISO: 320
Story behind shot: It had just finished raining and I had just started working in my front yard. Suddenly I was the biggest butterfly ever hovering around the yellow flowers. I thought of your contest and ran inside to get my camera. By the time I put the telephoto lens and came out, she was long gone. I was standing in despair, not knowing what to do, when she came back again from the opposite side. The moment she sat on one the flowers again, I was ready with my camera. I got only one decent shot before she flew away.
-Saurabh Gupta

I was siting in my yard and this beautiful butterfly landed right beside. Thankfully i had my camera to snap the picture quickly. The only thing the i did to the picture was change the coloring to sepia and crop it.
Camera: KODAK EASYSHARE C182 Digital Camera
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/160 Second
Focal Length: 17mm
Location: Sumter,SC
-Dennis Davis

Shot with a Nikon D90 w/ kit lens @ 105mm, 1/500, f5.6, iso 200 around 7:00PM
Taken while fishing with my kids in Patuxent River, MD.
-Christopher Harrison

After running errands in town, I was walking past the front of our pickup truck, and noticed a grasshopper gracefully walking about the chrome bumper. I couldn't pass up this opportunity. The only camera we had was my old Olympus Camedia D-435 point and shoot digital camera. I flipped the lens open, put it in Macro mode and took a couple of shoots.
The rain spotted chrome provided a good reflective surface for my new friend. I think he was surprised at his own good looks judging by the actions made here. He has one 'hand' planted and appears to be waving with the other one at me. Either that or he was practicing 'wax on, wax off'
Olympus Camedia D-435
ISO 50
-Camillion McDonald

Shot with a simple Casio point-and-shoot in macro mode. I was enjoying the sun, just like these grasshoppers on the stems of some big flowers.
All the settings are automatic.
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z19
Focal Length: 19 mm
Exposure: 1/160 s
ISO: 64
Aperture: 4.756
No editing except for cropping.
-Marco Denis

I used a Point-and-shoot camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30. It was set to Aromatic mode and the Macro was on.
There wore no settings information in the file. I can only tell you that the ISO speed was 80.
The lens is Carl Zeiss 2,8-5,2/6,3-18,9. Used Photoshop for the cropping and some editing.
I was in the mountain on the way to Botev peak (Stara Planina, Bulgaria) and took my camera to shoot landscapes and stuff like that. Then I saw this bee and I remembered about your contest. At first a tried to shoot it in the air but I was unsuccessful. Then the bee came to me, it was like it wanted me to take the picture. So I did. Right after I took the picture it flew away. It was an interesting moment.
I really enjoy your site, visit it usually 2 or 3 times a day. Keep up the good work! :)
-Gabril Avramov

I used a Canon Rebel XT with a Canon 75-300 Lens at 280 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, and ISO 400. I sat on a walkway in Baltimore's Patterson Park while dragonflies buzzed around, landing on different things poking out of the pond.
-Joe Russo

I was just getting home from my last day of work before heading on a road trip when I noticed the little guy sitting on the doorknob, I took him inside for a few minutes to get some shots and let him back out unharmed. He seemed really attracted to the lens of the camera and would always go toward the camera The photo wasn't taken this week, but they were the last photos that I was able to capture before the zoom on my camera stopped working, the rest of the camera started acting up shortly after!
-Jackson Vaughn

I call this one "Shit Spider" since this spider was crawling on my toilet while I was making a #2. Well, that's a lie, he was actually crawling on my moist wipes box, and revealed himself when I attempted to grab my first one. By the time I got myself cleaned up and grabbed the camera, he was then on the toilet. I've never seen one of his kind before, and I thought it looked really cool up against the white background.
Camera - Pentax K-x
Lens - 18-55mm kit
Focal Length - 32.5mm
Shutter - 1/25s
Aperture - f/8
ISO - 400
Built-in Flash.
-Nick Giardina

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
ISO 80
Went walking in the woods Saturday morning and found this dainty fellow apparently draining his little buddy of his vital fluids. I am not really clear about how bugs eat, so maybe that's not what was really happening, but I am pretty sure the orange guy was on the losing end of this relationship.
-Christopher Frelin


Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G VR
Exposure: 1/250
ISO: 640
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 85mm
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Richard Morrison

This Dragonfly was following my wife and I around during our dog walk basically taunting me all the way as up until this shot, he would't stay in one spot long enough for me to snap a pic.
When he finally did it was so windy I still couldn't.
Just as I was about to give up, he moved to another piece of tall grass, out of the wind, and actually appeared to have a small smirk on his face.
-Richard Morrison

Taken with a Canon Rebel XS, 18-55mm Kit Lens Reversed on f/11 with a 1/100 shutter speed with flash. I set the aperture to f/11, and then, while holding the "DOF Preview" button, removed the lens to keep the aperture locked. I'm currently in Germany till August 5th and can't buy a Macro lens till I get back, so I've recently been experiencing with reverse lens marco and have gotten some great results. I went out looking for some bugs and found this little guy just as I was about to leave. I accidentally destroyed his web, and I caught this as he was attempting to hid from me.
-Brenton Cooper

Shot with a D3000, Macro setting. Taking random shots in my woods.
-Alex Levine

You lookin' at me? Found this dude in my front garden this morning. Some kind of moth. Shot with a Canon 7D, ISO 200, f5.6, 17-55mm 1/100. Fuzzy. (Him, not the shot)
-darren kramer

I was enjoying a trip to Chesterwood (the house and studio of the guy who sculpted the Lincoln's statue in the Lincoln Memorial in DC) in the Berkshires in good old western Mass recently when I happened across these flowers. Our camera (a Nikon D40 w/ starter kit lens) was running dangerously low on battery, so I snapped a few quick shots of some bees pollinating the flowers. I zoomed in and slowly inched towards the scene before snapping the shutter. On the next picture, the battery died. I, however, was satisfied. Not sure about the specs, though, as it is my father's camera. My apologies.
-Sam Butler

I shot this guy above Mango Bay in Koh Tao, Thailand. Used a Panasonic LX3 in Macro and Manual settings. ISO was at 80, F5.6 and 1/400 Shutter Speed. It was a bitch cuz that dude kept moving so quick and the wire was swaying in the wind, but after a few snaps, I got it.

50mm Macro Lens
ISO-200, f/4, 1/100 sec
Fat, ugly fly on the edge of handrail on my balcony turned out to be a truly beautiful creature from close-up
-Michael Baran

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy S using auto all the way.
Took some pictures of this Butterfly as this is the first blue one that I my wife or father in law (was in his garden) have ever seen. The butterfly happily sat there for about 5-10 minutes while I tried to take a good shot with the phone.
-Tim Jordan

This is a shot of a backswimmer, I have a few of these living in my pond and they are cool to watch as they snatch fallen bugs from the surface of the pond and eat them. The picture was taken using a Konica Minolta DiMage Z6 using the automatic settings and "super macro mode". Unfortunately I cant afford a fancy camera so needed to find something that would stay still and also I feel that under-water bugs are generally a neglected area.
-Chris Wilson


Camera info: Nikon D3000, ISO 100, 1/100, f/8.0, 55mm
I was BBQing some hot dogs for my wife and I when she pointed out our dog sniffing at something in the yard. I had no idea what kind of bug it was so I thought I would grab a picture. It was 2 or 3" long, with some cool patterns on it's back. We ate lunch and I was browsing my Google Reader and saw that this weeks challenge was bugs. Figured I had to submit it. I chose this out of the 4 or 5 shots I took because I like the detail on the bugs head and the movement of its legs.
-Dan Hathaway

I literally just got my sony nex-5 last night and remembered this morning about your contest. I have little to no photography experience and I really appreciate that this contest was available. It really was inspirational.
As stated, "I know nothing" (a.k.a. the Sgt Schultz for those +40). I just took the camera, set it on macro and tool a bunch of shots early this morning. It was pretty overcast but I kind of like it that way sometimes. Not everything has to POP with super vividtechnocolor IMO. I also liked how "crisp" the wing looks in relation to the softness of the rest of image. I wish I meant to do that!

Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm zoom
Focal Length: 300
F number: 10
Exposure time: 1/500
ISO: 250
My wife and I were taking pictures of dragonflies in the Loveland, CO Sculpture Park. As I was shooting my wife yelled "what the hell is that!" I turned and was able to capture some frisky dragonflies.
-Caleb Mayfield

T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 (shot at f/2.8), iso 100, 1/4000 sec
These little suckers would not sit for a second, but I was able to manage to snap a shot of one of them on their fly-by.
-Jody Abbott

Canon EOS 7D
Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Exposure time: 1/250 sec.
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: ISO-100
Exposure bias: 0 steps
Focal length: 100 mm
Mode: Aperture priority
Just went outside without even thinking about the photo challenge. It was one of those things where I just wanted to step outside with the camera. Saw a bee in one and managed to catch him dunking into the flower. Had to improve some of the contrast and saturation in Photoshop.
-Viet Nguyen (Jon)

Taken with a Canon 30D with a sigma 17-70@f/4.5 1/400 sec. iso 100
I saw these ants passing above my head and thought they'd look cool with the sun behind them. The focus is the best I managed with them running around so fast!
-George Tsogis

Taken with Nikon D40x
70 - 200mm zoom lens at about 120mm from approx 8 feet
No retouching, only resizing and reformating into jpg
About to head down to the lake with my camera when this dragonfly landed on our power line in front of me.
-Aaron Kennedy

This picture was taken with a
Canon EOS 7D with an EFS 18-135mm Lens in Automatic Mode at an approximate distance of 3 inches.
-Donna Chambers

This image was taken with a Sony - Cyber-Shot HX5V in Automatic Mode at a distance of about 5 inches from subject.
-Robbie Chambers

'two dead flies fucking doggy style'
It was shot with:
Nikon D300s
Nikon 105mm 2.8 D AF Micro Nikkor lens
2.5cm extension tube
Nikon SB-600 speedlight
Promaster 7500 DX flash
Taken in a home made cardboard whitebox, and the camera was on a tripod.
Tweaked in Aperture 3
-Dave Walker

I took this image from a ladder about 8 feet off the ground using the following;
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EOS Speedlite 580EX II Flash
Manual Focus
Distance from subject was approximately 5 feet.
Needless to say, I must do something about this nest.

Taken with a Panasonic DMC-FT1 Macro mode
This is some kind of big ass wasp drowning on the pool's surface. The shot was taken underwater facing upwards. The bug was not harmed, it was drowning before I went there, I took the shot and then removed it from the water let it dry on the sun, it then flew away happy!
-Ria Kontermiri

Camera: Fuji S1500
ISO: 100
Exposure 1.8
The 'Bug' was on a citrus tree in the garden. Not sure what it is, though I think it's some sort of a 'queen' white fly. Maybe someone in the comments knows better.
-Daniel Zammit

Camera: Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom
Lens: 27-110mm equivalent coverage
ISO: 400
I returned from northern California yesterday and enjoyed a 2-day hike through the Lost Coast region before leaving. The second day was extremely sunny and very warm in the absence of fog (rare for those parts, I hear). I was bounding up the trail trying to get to a stretch sheltered by trees and out of the heat. After about 10 minutes of up-hill galloping, I plopped down on the dirt, unable to continue. I stretched my back to the left, to the right, and, voila! A ladybug seeking refuge in a flower! I snapped some photos of my new friend; I thought the colors were beautiful.
-Ashley King

Canon 7D
Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Picture taken at: ISO 400, 135mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec
I noticed this dragon fly liked to hang out on a small garden fence near our pool. I situated myself as close as I could to his landing spot and waited for him to return. I kept at it for about an hour and towards the end he seemed to get used to me being there so I was finally able to snap a few shots with out him flying off at each sound of my shutter. The background was actually the water from my pool, which was a very light blue at the time because the sun was shinning right into it. I used photoshop to change it to black and white and then fiddled with the tone curve a bit until I was able to get the pool water to look like a flat gray background. I had a couple other photos to choose from but I liked this one the most because it kind of seems as if he is peaking out from behind the fence to look at me.
-Richard Lopez

Camera - Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens - Caonon 100mm F:2.8 L IS USM
ISO - 800
FStop - 7.1
Shutter - 1/250
There were about 10 bees flying around me and the flowers, and here I was trying to get up close and personal to get the picture. Lots of wind plus no tripod equals a lot of fuzzy pictures of bees. No stings to report :)
-Satnam Sidhu

An ant messing with something weirdly wrapped in webs in my front yard.
Shot with a Canon T2i, 18-55mm kit lens, F5.6, 1/500, handheld.
Some tweaking and cropping on Canon DPP.
-Rafael Novaes Lemke

This shot was taken at my beach house in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. It's a tropical bay with 365 islands covered by the incredible Atlantic Rainforest, one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world.
We have a white rough glass circular window that is illuminated from the back and attracts all different kinds of bugs at night. I have no idea what bug this is, but it looks like it's in the family of the Moths.
The wings have incredibly transparent "windows" that reveals a vivid red fur that surrounds the lower half of the creature's body. Blinded by the light, the bug stayed perfectly still while I set up my tripod
to shoot this photo. Equipment used: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon MR-14EX TTL Macro Ring Lite Flash w/ Macrolite Adapter, tripod.
Settings: F9, ISO 400, Shutter 1/80, AWB, Macro Ring Lite Flash E-TTL
-Bruno Boni de Oliveira

Taken with a Nikon D50 with macro lens- set on auto mode with manual focus. I was able to find lots of lazy bumble bees around the yard and not much else. They were easier to shoot because they don't seem to move very fast (at least in the morning)
-Julie Roden

Tiny grass hopper perched on a small yellow flower near the farm pond. He
is so tiny I think the hardest part was getting close enough without
spooking him! Photographed using a Sony A350 with a Minolta Beercan style
70~210mm and macro extension tube. ISO 100 and shutter speed on 1/100.
Shot was composed using a tripod and remote trigger to minimize movement.
The macro tube is a new adventure for me, so the timing of this shooting
challenge contest was perfect!
-Rowdy Gilpin

Canon 30D
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Kenko extension tubes
Sigma Macro ringflash
-Chris Andrews

This was shot using my iphone 3GS with the Hipstmatic app. Roboto Glitter lens and float film settings. I was finishing up golfing and saw this little guy sitting on the back of my cart.
-Matt Milstead

I hate bugs as much as anything, so I wanted to capture the death of a bug/s. My roommate just got several of those tennis-racket bug-zappers, so when he nabbed a fly, I remembered this challenge and ran for the camera. He held the button down, burning the fly more and more while I fired away on burst mode. I wanted a shot with a spark and smoke. This was the best one, and with an exploding wing to boot!
Nikon D3000
18-55mm (zoomed in)
shot in sunlight on Auto (I wanted to get the shot quickly)
-Grady Welch

I took this with my Canon 450D with the 50mm 1.8 Lens. I don't own a macro lens. I have about 4 or 5 at least Dragonflies that live in my backyard. I never submitted a photo challenge before. I just thought this one would be a good one to try at. I named this guy? Yoseph, I dunno why. He actually perches on my finger while I'm floating around the pool. Oh and for what it's worth this is in Las Vegas. I didn't even know we had Dragonflies here until I moved into this house. I cleaned up the pic a bit in Lightroom, brought out the color a little more and cropped it.
-Mario Sferrazza