Macro photo of sawfly eating an insect

Macro photo of sawfly eating an insect
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on June 24th, 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is some kind of sawfly (Symphyta) feeding on a fly. Please let me know if anyone know the species.

I captured this the same day as I took the photos of two dance fly mating and eating. Check out that blog post here. Macro photographing is so entertaining because you get to see real drama in the world of insects.

Feel free to check out my other insect photos.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/13
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

19 thoughts on “Macro photo of sawfly eating an insect”

  1. I have a horrible fear of anything bug related.. your pictures give me a new perspective. πŸ™‚ I’m actually becoming a little more desensitized to the world of creepy crawlies. LOL All because of you. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  2. Fantastic Thomas, I just CAN NOT get the hang of this type of photography, my pictures just come out blurred! I am quite happy to leave it to the experts like yourself! Great stuff! If you fancy starting a Wednesday topic to photograph give me a shout!

  3. Denise: Thanks πŸ™‚
    What camera are you using? I have bought a lens that is designed for macro work. I can get very close to subjects and the lens is still able to focus spot on.

    What is this Wednesday thing? Would like to know more πŸ™‚

  4. Canon Powershot A85

    Just choose a title and we all go away and think about a photo to post on a Wednesday! I will mention it on my blog too, once we know what is the subject. We can also mention it on BC!

  5. Cool, Cool, Cool shot! I love your macro work. Every time I come here I lose track of time. Thanks for posting your art.

  6. Hey Thomas, I just read about those species and they are great for composting! You definitely want them around… however if you have worm compost, they might compete with the worms for the scraps.. they also poop out nutrients from your trash.. just found that out this weekend from my research on composting.. πŸ™‚ kind of serendipidous

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