I was out today trying to make use of the brief sunshine before the rains came down. Out in the field, the most common bug today seemed to be the soldier beetles. So I guess it was just a matter of time before I came across a mating pair.
I decided to play voyeur and document the act.
There really wasn’t much action happening. Just the male and female locked in position.
The male was mounted on the female, which in turn seemed to hold fast to the thistle flower.
Zooming in, to the extremes of my bellows setup, i got these images of their abdomens attached.
With the extremely narrow depth of field given by the bellows and with the two insects covering a fair bit of depth along one plane, I had to go for an aperture as low as F11 to get them both more or less in focus.
with the above images though I`ve tried to focus on both, but only succeeded half way. Its hard to see down the viewfinder of an SLR at F11. Having an extra flash helps to compensate for that.
With pretty much nothing happening and having got my images, I decided to leave the lovers alone and move on.