Last night was “black lighting for moths” night at Gardner Canyon. I wanted to capture a variety of insects before sunset along the creek bed like I did last year. The monsoon rains haven’t kicked in; however, so the stream was dry and the bugs were sparse. I did find this little gem on a Desert Willow tree later in the evening. He is a Hyperaspis proba, in the lady beetle family.
I made this photo about 9:30 PM with a 60 mm macro lens on a hand-held Canon 50D camera. ISO was 3200, shutter speed 1/100th sec. and aperture f6.3. The headlamp of one of my friends held about eight inches above the beetle was the light source.
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