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Macro photography – Red-and-black Froghopper

Macro photography - Red-and-black Froghopper 1

As I was out on my now customary weekend ‘walk with my camera’ I spotted this very bright Orange and Black beetle nestling under a leaf in the undergrowth. I took several pictures, but this is the best as the insect’s face is in focus. I’m beginning to wonder if my Tamron 90mm F/2.8 has a small amount of back-focus as the majority of the other shots were focused slightly behind the head. If this is the case I can correct it as the Pentax K-5 has the ability to store focus correction for up to 20 individual lenses. I originally thought this was a Sexton Beetle but a flickr contact pointed out it’s a Red-and-black Froghopper

  • Tamron 90mm F/2.8
  • Pentax K-5
  • f/7.1
  • 1/400th Sec
  • ISO 640


I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.

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