David Leach shares a selection of his delicate macro shots of butterflies and honeybees on bright, vibrant flowers
We give our thoughts on David Leach’s magnificent macro world of bees and butterflies visiting flowers
Bees and butterflies by themselves are not very interesting, in my opinion, except maybe to an entomologist. So instead, I thought to use flowers as a colourful showcase for the insects and also to show them feeding to add an element of activity. I would say that the butterflies are really the most difficult subjects to photograph as they gently flit from flower to flower. They are surprisingly brisk movers and they don’t linger on a flower for long at all, but I discovered that they move up the stems as they feed on lavender, so I focused about an inch or so higher and then fired off a burst of shots as the butterfly came into the frame. However, I think I might have cropped the butterfly too severely  and perhaps should have shown more of the butterfly and less flower in this composition.
A bit of judicious cropping – and maybe some luck – produced my shot of a honeybee on the echinacea . On reflection, I think I should have moved position