Furthest from the truth: what's the longest single insect photo observation you've ever made?

I was doing a little bird scoping in my backyard with my superzoom Nikon last month and I thought I saw what might have been hummingbirds buzzing about on top of some trees in one corner, about 100 feet away. So I zoomed and clicked.

It was tough to make out much until I got back to the desk but once on screen I realized what I had seen. I had used zooms to capture butterflies and other insects before but I think this might have been as far as I’ve ever reached.

What about you?

What’s the furthest distance that you’ve successfully photographed an identifiable insect?

And just to keep it simple, let’s not include galls, nests and mounds, and such, and just stick to the actual visual insect body.


Every year our skies are crowded for a few weeks with enormous butterflies. Two species look nearly identical, Yellow Angled-Sulphurs (Anteos maerula) and White Angled-Sulphurs (Anteos clorinde). Typically you might need to see the wings from above to be sure, especially since A. maerula females are paler than males. Both are about the same size and shape (but only stop moving to feed extremely quickly).

However the sun shining through to show the outlines of A. clorinde’s little upper wing splootches made this fluttery little friend, flying between 6 and 7 meters up and a few meters away from me, instantly identifiable even captured in in terrible cell phone photo.


Maybe 10’. I know that doesn’t sound that distant, but the subject (yellowjacket) kept leaving if I got closer.
Ended up with over 40 images, only 2 were good enogh to ID the subject.

Probably this one… had a close-up of it as well, but it would have been possible to ID those from the picture shown I think


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too bad. i was gonna go for emerald ash borer killed trees or something :D

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I was wondering… are termite mound colonies visible from space?

Oooh, I’ve got something I can post here. I think. This Marl Pennant! I was on the boardwalk to the left.

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7-plus meters, low light in a creek in a gully. Not even sure what the blobs are, let alone what the organisms are.


with a good enough zoom lens i imagine so

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