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Re: October Red Amiral

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Please help us survive the winter by posting some more summer butterflies
Hopefully, these will help Peter.

Peacock:



Silver-studded Blue:



Thanks for looking.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Those are nice. Blues especially say summer. So, adding to Dave's are a number of Adonis Blues. The second picture shows them enjoying some poo (not sure what kind..) I think the Common Blue talked them into it


Adonis Blue - male
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Adonis Blues and a Common Blue dung puddling
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Finally, a Map Butterfly which I associate with sunshine...


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

It has all gone a bit quiet...thanks for looking


Broad-bodied Chaser
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Club-tailed dragonfly
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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here

I believe it is also found in the UK.
Hi Peter, it's native to the Channel Islands but not the mainland afaik.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Club-tailed dragonfly
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All three are very good images Peter but this one stands our for me as I've never seen one.

Where did you find this species?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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All three are very good images Peter but this one stands our for me as I've never seen one.

Where did you find this species?

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Dave

You can see them in the UK, but all three of these pictures were taken here.

I have visited three or four times and on the last occasion stayed on a goat farm which was owned by a very good farmer who ran his farm on principles of environmental protection and had amazing orchid and butterfly species. It would be a very valuable SSSi here but is a working farm there.

I will be seeking out some new sites in the UK for next year, but will fit in some travel to France too!

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Not sure what we are but I suspect there will be a few more soon...


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Peter,

Your pair of beetles are flat-faced longhorns of the genus Saperda. They are similar to S.populnea but lack the six large, yellow spots on the elytra.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Your pair of beetles are flat-faced longhorns of the genus Saperda. They are similar to S.populnea but lack the six large, yellow spots on the elytra.

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Harold,

Many thanks. I have no beetle books at the moment, so thank you for your help.

There is another possible contender in Agapanthia villosoviridescens. Not sure if that is in the Northants area. This was by a river bank, in light scrub. Clearly enjoying the plant sap. What do you think?

This wiki pic looks similar. But I know there are many hundreds. The antennae and colour seem good.

I will read up about your suggestion now. Thanks for your help. It is much appreciated. As are your pictures. Please keep posting them.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

We went to Minsmere yesterday and in the morning sunshine there were one or two Migrant Hawkers and several orange coloured Darters, which spent much of their time sunning themselves on the wooden railings surrounding the pond. According to the 'What's About' sheet there are Common and Ruddy Darters on the wing at the moment so I am not sure which species this is. I am sure someone here will be able to tell. By the way, I didn't see any of the Migrant Hawkers settle, so I haven't got any shots of them.

Edit. After a quick bit of research it seems that Ruddy Darters have all black legs, whereas Common Darters have a yellow stripe running down them, so perhaps this one is a Common Darter?

Taken with the E-M1, 50-200 SWD and EC14.




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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi Ron

I agree with your ID. It is a very nice shot of a lovely colourful dragonfly. The 50-200 worked very nicely for you. They seem to like to sit on fences, paths and anything warm. Usually they move away quite quickly so you do need the long lens.

In my experience look for Migrant hawkers hanging in bushes and trees. And when you see them patrolling ...unless they get something to eat they keep patrolling. So look for a warm spot in the vegetation, they are sometimes quite well hidden!

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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This wiki pic looks similar. But I know there are many hundreds. The antennae and colour seem good.

I will read up about your suggestion now. Thanks for your help. It is much appreciated. As are your pictures. Please keep posting them.
I think you're right Peter. Harold's suggestion is Saperda Carcharias, i think it's known as the 'large poplar borer' and is never far from poplars. Two similar species.

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Edit. After a quick bit of research it seems that Ruddy Darters have all black legs, whereas Common Darters have a yellow stripe running down them, so perhaps this one is a Common Darter?


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Yep a common darter. The Ruddy Darter lacks the yellow side panels on the thorax and is slightly shorter and more redder. Another diagnostic is that the Ruddy has a black 'T' on top of the thorax whereas the common doesn't.

Note the black 'T' on this (not yet fully coloured) Ruddy.


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Thanks for the ID. Two more taken at Strumpshaw Fen, which I found on my hard drive. I am pretty sure the first is a Four-spotted Chaser but I am not sure what the hawker is, although I think it might be a Common Hawker. It was taken at the beginning of June this year if that helps.

I do own a good Dragonfly and Damselfly book but you guys are so much better than I am at IDs.

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Well I think you are correct on both, but Pete or Dave will be definitive...

All I will say is all are very nice pictures - please keep looking for more. It makes me more happy each time somebody posts..I really do like feeling part of a group of people who take pictures of the same sorts of things.

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