Thanks guys, appreciate the comments.
Randy, I couldn't see any eyes on the beetle!!! And it flew off quickly too so I didn't get a lot of time. Shooting these bugs is definitely a learning curve, but I'm having a lot of fun, it's a blast discovering something I've never seen before, or never really LOOKED at before
One of the real benefits of having a builtin flash is you can use it for fill in a situation where your subject is backlighted. Welcome to macro, you find it can really be feast or famine, and a time very frusting.
I agree with the focus on the eyes. In the first 3 shots you could recover some of the dark areas with the Shadow/Highligt tool in PS. Shooting against the light is very difficult. I tried it with the first one and it's a real beautiful beetle. Also in the first one I would probably crop a little of the left area out.
You really found some interesting insects. Beautiful dragonflies and that last spider is really different from those I've seen.
I never even thought to use the flash, thank you for that suggestion!
Torben, I'd like to see what you did with the beetle if you could post it. I don't have PhotoShop but do have Paint Shop Pro and it has many of the same features. Thanks for the suggestions!