Photo: A strange insect

We met friends at the Millstone Farmstall in Oude Molen Eco-Village last week, and this odd-looking, colourful insect landed on our table. You can click on the thumbnail to see the picture in actual size.

It looks like a kind of moth or butterfly, but I have no idea what it actually is.

If you know, please tell me?

A strange colourful insect

A strange colourful insect

18 thoughts on “Photo: A strange insect

    • Hi Justin – no, I am still no closer to solving the mystery. How intriguing to hear, though, that you took some photos of the same kind of insect as far away as Port Shepstone. Mine was taken in Cape Town. Mysterious… If you do find out, please let me know?

  1. Jeez, just found your posting, i think that it is some kind of wasp moth. Perhaps you could locate some identification list and then let us know…good luck…

  2. Ok, I will look it up when I get back home (am on vacation for another 2 weeks). I am pretty convinced that it is a WASP MOTH though, just not sure which kind of wasp!!! ;^))

  3. Thank you, Justin!

    I’m not quite convinced mine is the same as the wasp moth from Senegal though – the wings on that one have different colour spots, though the abdomen is similiar. The spots on mine look more like this one – – and like your wasp – but the colour of the abdomen is different. Puzzling!

    Your photos, though, are extraordinary! You must have used a proper macro lens to get such sharp close-ups, right? I only used my 18-55 mm kit lens. Well done!

    • Hi Reggie Thank you very much! I also used my 18-55mm kit lens but with 1x 2x and 3x Macro/Close-up filters, the weekend I received them actually. I was very happy with the quality they produce for what they cost. (Kenko 58mm Close-Up Filter Set) which only cost R530. They do produce a very shallow depth of field, there is also a very definitive diagonal “gutter” of focus, which is corrected by using a higher aperture, so I would say that the filters work in good light only.

      I will be saving for a “Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens” (But hopefully go for the PRIME) at the end of the year as nothing will come close to a Macro Lens.

      • That is so interesting, I had heard of screw-on close-up filters, but hadn’t explored that option further. I’ll need to investigate!

        I was wondering about macro lenses actually – I don’t quite understand how a prime lens can also be a macro lens (I’m so used to using zoom lenses – I have the 18-55 mm and the 55-250 mm kit lenses with my Canon EOS 550D). Isn’t that very limiting? Does a macro lens not need to be ‘zoomable’? And would it be better to have a 100mm than a 60mm macro lens? Would that not mean you can’t get very close to the object?

        I don’t yet have a prime lens, though I’m thinking about either a 50mm (the ‘plastic fantastic’) or a 35mm lens. Still have to get my head around how they work! 🙂

  4. I recieved my first last weekend, a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. Havent had a chance to explore it yet.

    You see, the way I put it is that you have a right tool for a job. Although the zoom lenses (which are my personal favourite as they are versatile) have a macro functionality, you wont get that “true macro” quality. The 100mm and the 60mm both have their advantages. The 100mm only has a minimum focus distance of 11cm more than the 60mm (100mm = 31cm, 60mm = 20cm), but then youre getting that 100mm as opposed to 60mm, so you getting a superb close up with the 100mm.

    A huge advantage with a macro lens is that, because the focal length is fixed, you get the continuous f2.8 aperture AND it forces you to get close to your subject, they are really amazing when it comes to portraits… Macro lenses are actually versatile themselves. You have to explore.

    The difference with the L series/Prime lenses VS the standard EF/EF-S lenses are the build and glass quality. Its a difference you can see and feel. The auto focus is usually a lot faster as well. Take your camera down to a camera store and ask them if you can try out an L series lens, you will fall in love. I was unphased by them until I tried out the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens about a month ago. I also have a Canon 550D – Gripped. Another advantage is that they will fit on other models if you ever upgrade.

    That said, the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 (1-5x) Macro Lens (which looks awesome) costs around the same as the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens – but thats a battle between functionality and quality. It all comes down to preference and purpose.

  5. By “50mm (the ‘plastic fantastic’)” are you refering to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens? I got that lens as part of my bundle. It is a good lens (in the right situation), but I tried to use it at a low lit venue where I did I shoot with a guitarist while he performed (I ended up switching to the 18-55mm, and increased the ISO – which was a shame – but still got good pics). The auto focus is really bad, thats the only real issue I have, in low light with that f1.8 aperture, it was really annoying trying to get decent shots. Rather save a bit more and get a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens. If Canon can improve the auto focus in the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens and keep it at that low price, it would be a real winner.

    • I am so glad I mentioned it to you – thank you for that info. You’re very clued up!

      Yes, I had indeed been thinking of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, but didn’t realise the auto focus is not good. Orms sells this lens for R1095.00, whereas the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM sells for R3395.00, which is quite a lot more.

      Do you know anything about the Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 Lens (Orms sells it at R2795.00)? As I have a 1.6 crop factor DSLR, I was wondering whether it would make more sense for me to get a 35mm rather than a 50mm prime lens?

  6. Hey Reggie

    I am quite new to the world of wordpress & blogs, so I am trying to set it up. I will send you a link when I have it up and running.

    I also get my stuff through Orms, Even though they are based in Cape Town & I’m in Durban, their service has been worth the delivery wait every time.

    I enjoy researching all the equipment on offer, and of course comparing. If you think about everything that goes into a lens, it becomes something really amazing, like our own eyes.

    The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is like 3 times the price, but you are getting a superb lens.

    The Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 doesnt look too bad, but then youre not getting that really wide aperture.

    I’m not sure about the crop factor, the best thing to do would be to go to a store and try out the lenses for yourself, that way you can feel whats best for you and what suites you more.

    • Thank you, that is wise advice indeed. I shall investigate further.

      And I look forward to receiving the link to your blog when it’s up and running; I’m sure you’ll have some magnificent photos to show us.

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