Yucca Weevil Insect Macro Photo

By September 6, 2016All, Bugs & Insects, Featured

yucca weevil Scyphophorus yuccae

Weevils are to me the most bizarre looking of the Coleopterans, but in a way that makes me chuckle. It’s kind of like having a cartoon character living in my backyard. This one was extremely fidgety and difficult to focus stack. In particular, his antennae kept rotating around. He was still for a brief moment, which is when I was able to shoot this focus stack of 57 images. My intent was to then photograph his entire body, but he wouldn’t stand still again. This photo is 3:1 magnification FF equivalent, which was produced by adding the Raynox 250 macro filter to my Olympus 60mm macro lens. Yucca Weevil larvae feed on, if you haven’t figured it out, Yucca plants, which grow abundantly behind my house.

Equipment used:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Camera
Olympus 60mm Macro Lens
Raynox 250 Macro Converter Lens
46-43mm Step Down Ring


Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro
Filter: Raynox 250
Configuration: normal
Extension Tubes: no
Image Stack: 57 images
Stackware: Zerene
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/25th sec
ISO: 200
Light Source: Ambient cloudy
Stabilization: bean bag
Subject Size: 1 cm
Species: Yucca Weevil (Scyphophorus yuccae)
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado