Nature's Place

Sawfly …

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

A female I think. On a favourite eucalyptus tree, where other sawfly and larva have been found.

Don’t know about joyous, but there’s a certain pleasure in perception of the being of this creature.

She’s a beauty, isn’t she. Big blue eyes, short antennae and curved pointy mandibles. Sweet little thing …

A slight evolutionary refinement perhaps, on the one that has been before. Reproduction is not replication.

A successful sawfly is one that is, warts ‘n’ all. That’s life …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look




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  1. Stan Atkinson said, on 24/02/2018 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Mark
    Just got the Panasonic G80 with the 14-140 lens I also have the FZ300 which will be best for macro I have the rayon 250, also might I ask which tripod do you use or would you use a monopod.
    Like your work very much
    Thanks Stan

    • Mark said, on 25/02/2018 at 1:00 am

      Hi Stan.

      Have a look here – – and check out the links in some more recent comments.

      You might find the 250 a bit strong to start with. The 150 allows for more dof. And when you get used to things you can stack one on the other and get real close. But read that page and check the links.

      I don’t use a tripod or monopod, the way I do things. I find a simple stick far more useful. But use one if you see the need.

      It’s all in the link above.

      All the best. M

  2. leanneesilver said, on 02/02/2018 at 5:17 am

    What beautiful macro photography

  3. quietwordsite said, on 05/01/2018 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, she is very handsome, lovely colouring!

  4. thelocals2016 said, on 05/01/2018 at 10:25 am

    Hi, Great shots. How do you get that close without the fly fleeing?

    • Mark said, on 05/01/2018 at 1:01 pm

      Hi. Thanks.

      Flies flee all the time, except when their attention is focussed.

      When focussed they appear not to cognise anything else, as long as it’s (any intrusion into their sense …) not sharp. This tree it’s on is where they lay and the larva grow and mature so she is occupied – see in one or two her rear end is pressed to the leaf.

      I go into principles and practises here – Macro Illustrated – there’s also a few links to relevant stuff.

  5. David said, on 05/01/2018 at 5:25 am

    Yes she is a beauty and you did a good job of capturing that beauty.

    • Mark said, on 05/01/2018 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks David.

      Endeavouring to do my best is all.

  6. Kim Smith said, on 05/01/2018 at 5:23 am

    Hi Mark. She’s gorgeous! What a pleasure to come here and see insect photos with tags like “life,” “love,” “relaxation,” and “spirituality”! Whenever I share my insect photos on Facebook, I get comments from my family like “Yuck!” or “Disgusting!”. They just don’t know what they’re missing, do they? Thanks for your wonderful macro photos and for showing the world how awesome insects are. And Happy New Year to you. :)

    • Mark said, on 05/01/2018 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Kim.

      She is … People are too attached to the habit of naming, judgement, to slow down enough to appreciate the simple pleasure of the marvellous nature. I don’t see that changing.

      Happy? Then I’d have to have the unhappy, in a world of opposites. No thanks. Give me equilibrium any day. :-)

      Thanks Kim.

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