mammal is different compare to insect and fishes. we have more movement when doing that business. but i am just wondering if you have seen butterflies mate. they will keep their movement as low as possible, male might have their organs ripped off if the movement is too dramatic. fishes on the other hand simply fertile the eggs by spreading semens over it.
try shooting a hunting or feeding insect. it will be more difficult, but a dog feeding shot is easier.
Yeah, u've got to get closer, what lens were you using?
I think for insects macro photography, you should use 100mm lens or longer, at least.
Take care where shadow is cast in pic #4, if it doesn't help in the composition, better recompose and leave it out. But I think above all else, you should get the subject sharp first. If you think a tripod is too much trouble, can consider a monopod.
maybe try going closer and a side shot? 4 me i would have gone in real close and focus on the ends of the red stalks(or wateva they were). it will add more impact to yr pic. BUt still it is a gd shot. Nice macro shooting :thumbsup: