I took my camera to the Grapevine Botanical gardens. I usually take some photographs of the flowers and sometime insects I find around the gardens. On this trip I was taking photographs of red tulips. I found this Crane fly on one of the red tulips. I quickly switched to my macro lens and got a few shots. Cranefly are quite common in Texas. Crane flies are often called mosquito hawks or mosquito eaters but they do not feed on mosquitos.
These photographs were captured using a Sigma 180mm macro lens on a Canon 5D Mark II camera body. This is my favorite lens for doing macro work. The working distance for this lens is about 12 inches which is far enough away from most insect to not disturb them. Plus the lens can be used for macro photography or as a standard 180mm lens.