A photo from the other day:
The key to taking this sort of photo is to position the flash overhead and slightly behind the bee. A radio-remote or cord is needed to operate the flash independently from the camera.
One of my girls:
I took this photo by placing the worker on white mylar and lighting with a diffused overhead strobe.
Other details: the camera is a Canon EOS 50D, the lens a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro, and the settings ISO 100, f/18, 1/200 sec. I adjusted levels and removed dust specks in...