Hoverfly at hand

People often ask how close can you get to insects to take photo's. I think this picture says it all. The problem I had here was how close my lens needed to be to keep it in focus. I was at full stretch (yes, that is my finger) and keeping a 100mm lens attached to a digital SLR in one hand steady with gravity pulling it downwards was quite a chore. This is a great way to show kids hoverflies are harmless but make sure you also show them the difference between a hoverfly and a wasp.

Canon 1000D with Canon 100mm macro lens.