The settings on the camera, for these shots, are typically set at Exposure 1/1000 or higher, Aperture F6 or wider, and ISO around 200. Many cameras have a Shutter Priority setting to allow you to accomplish a faster shutter speed (exposure). A 105mm lens was used (Nikon). Canon would be the 100mm lens. A ring flash is also a recommended piece of equipment for this type of photography. A tripod or monopod is also helpful but I do not bother with either as it’s cumbersome to move around with them.
I’ve never felt threatened by bees. I was told, at a young age, they won’t hurt you if you don’t disturb them. The Toronto Botanical Gardens has an abundance of flora to sustain various types of bees and butterflies.Allan Gardens is another place to do this but there are few insects there since it is indoors.
Macro Photography can be quite enjoyable and addicting. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!