This is my latest picture of a butterfly made with a 55mm macro lens and a flash with softbox.
The light of the flash is redirected directly on any object right in front of the lens and is softened through the paper.
Here you can see how very close the butterfly will be to the lens. Always be careful not to harm the little animals and the plants they're sitting on
A plant from the forest comes to life. I often use an aperture of f5.6 or f8 to get that soft background. The softbox lights up only the front part of this plant and the background gets completely dark. I often use an ISO setting between 100 and 250, a shutter speed of 1/200th sec. and a flash output of around 1/8th or 1/16th. Of course, every scene requires a different lighting so I change my settings accordingly.
Here are some prints from my pictures. The print on the right is around 30 by 45 cm (appr. 12 by 18 inch).