Aphids like hibiscus bushes – ladybugs like aphids – and ants like to explore everything in LA – even the walls inside ur home.
In this photo, an ant on top of the leaf, an aphid directly under the ant, and a ladybug underneath share the tip of a hibiscus leaf.
I’m pretty sure that all of these photographs are of Black Phoebes as they hunt insects.
The two photos above were taken at the LaBrea Tar Pits, Pit #1 – visible from Wilshire Blvd.
I have a Sony a6500 Mirrorless camera, an 85 mm Marco lens and a 24-240mm Zoom lens. I’m not a “gear-head”, that’s all of the photography equipment I own.
I chose that camera for three reasons;
- 1) it is small and light, I can easily carry it all day…
- 2) It has an APC size sensor, which is pretty close to full-size…
- 3) It’s a Sony – I’ve never been disappointed in any Sony product I’ve ever bought, yes, it’s expensive – but, as dad would say, “you get what u pay for”
I chose the Sony 90mm Macro lens for photographing insects. When used with the APC sensor, it’s equivalent to a 105mm lens on a full-size sensor – that’s plenty of strength to pull insects as small as an ant.
The Sony 24-240mm Zoom was the only purchase I regret. I should have bought the 100-400 Sony Zoom lens. the one I bought is just not powerful enough to capture what I see. It’s useful, and I’m happy that I have it – it works great, it is a Sony – but, it’s just not strong enough to capture what I see – chest la vie.