This colorful moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea). These are becoming more and more common in Michigan, though from what I read they cannot survive our winters and so migrate north in the spring. I found this specimen on the wall of my garage a few days ago:
Sixty-six stacked images, made with a Pentax K-3 and reverse mounted DFA 50mm macro lens on about on extension tubes. Magnification is about 3.5x lifesized.
Lots of these flies were buzzing around my yard a few days ago, so I caught a couple an dfroze them for studio macro shots. There are two wings and a pair of halteres, which would seem to place this into the order diptera. While I have looked through seveal websites, I have not been able to form an opion beyond that - and I'd rather admit to not being able to identify a subject than to offer a mis-identification. So - it is just a fly. All I care about is the photography, anyhow...
Pentax K-3, reverse mounted F 28mm f2.8, extension tubes. Approximately 3.6x lifesized. Cropped.
Heres a view of the entire insects - any suggestions about ID would be appreciated:
This is a photo of a field of winter wheat at the edge of forest that was logged 15-20 years ago and which now has been overtaken by aspen trees.(Click on the image for a larger file.)
A little explanation... I routinely photograph in the Allegan State Game Area, a 50,000 acre (202 square kilometer) area of state land made up of forests, wetlands, pine barrens and oak savannas. The forest is actively logged and the land is used for various recreational purposes - hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, etc.
A few years ago the state plowed up some of the open fields and planted winter wheat - I really don't know why. Maybe it attracts game for the hunters. So - this is a photo of a field of winter wheat at the edge of forest that was logged 15-20 years ago and which now has been overtaken by aspen trees.
When I first started visiting the forest twelve years ago these trees were only about 8 feet tall and were home to many wonderful bird species. I saw more indigo buntings in those aspen in a few hours one afternoon than I have seen in all the other hours of my life combined.
The winter wheat is remarably green this time of year, and a few days of recent rain has made it more green.
And those aspen can be devilish if you wander into them without a compass or GPS - a disorienting maze and barrier of strong small trees.