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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Excellent set of pictures and information. I am most impressed you have both in your garden. Perfect for testing your close focus work. Love head on shots.

Am still seeing a few darters as I wander about despite the cold. One landed on my head today.

Haven't taken any pictures of them as I am currently testing out a Canon camera and lens for my bird photos. I have got increasingly unsure of whether it is worth waiting for Olympus. This would be a similar price to the lens (estimated) for a camera and lens. Decisions....

Sticking with Olympus for butterflies and other wildlife whatever...
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I had a common darter land on my head last week, but other than - which doesn't even count as a sighting - I feel the year is drawing to a close. So I will resort to actually doing something with my pictures from earlier in the year. And try and get you to do the same.

So it seems logical to start with one of the first damsels of the year, for me, the Red Damselfly.

I just love the look on her face. I can just hear her saying 'here am I up to my.... in cold smelly water... whilst you get the easy job..."

I hope you like this one.


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Peter,

Nicely done.

That just the female's eye is brightly lit really works well.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A change of direction. I have been stuck at home suffering with sinusitis (plus the weather has been awful). So I have been looking for something to encourage you to trawl through your own files.

This is a swarm of Hawthorn flies (you can see a hawthorn in soft focus behind the swarm. I post this for those northern members who suffer with midges. I often see clouds of these flies down here in April, they emerge and swarm in huge numbers. But although you need your mouth closed when you go through the swarm - they don't bite. Fly fishermen will know them well as a good dry fly for trout.


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So how about sharing insects, swarms and other scary(ish) shots.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I have taken to carrying the em5 with 60 mmm macro and mark2 with the 40-150mm as both take excellent dragonfly and butterfly pictures and I often take a shot with both, and chose later. There are times that keep changing lenses is a pain. I do like the out of focus look with the 60mm macro. The 40-150 bokeh can be harsh to my eye. this was the 60mm


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

That's a lovely, sunny image Peter. It makes me yearn for spring and summer again. As you say, the bokeh from the 60mm is excellent in that shot.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Spotted on our recent trip abroad, a Monarch butterfly.







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Welcome back Dave,

I had hoped your holiday would yield up some treasures. I would love to see more pictures - your location looks rather warm and beautiful. Was there a lot of insect life?

I have only ever photographed Monarchs when they had seen a lot of action. That one is in beautiful condition. Thank you for sharing it.

like Ron I do yearn for some sunshine again. Welcome back to the UK damp.

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Welcome back Dave,

I had hoped your holiday would yield up some treasures. I would love to see more pictures - your location looks rather warm and beautiful. Was there a lot of insect life?

I have only ever photographed Monarchs when they had seen a lot of action. That one is in beautiful condition. Thank you for sharing it.

like Ron I do yearn for some sunshine again. Welcome back to the UK damp.

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Thanks Peter,

We were in the south of Tenerife, it was warm with temperatures of circa 29c for the first 12 days, it then dropped to circa 22c for the last couple of days.

We were away from the tourist areas and close to a cactus filled desert which is referred to as a nature reserve, I'm sure there was lots of life there however, we didn't spot too much of it.

We saw the Monarch butterflies occasionally for the first week or so, they then disappeared.

We also spotted the odd dragonfly, these included a Hawker, which looked like an Emperor, and a Red Veined Darter however, these tended to fly past when we didn't have our cameras and didn't hang around.

The south of the island is very arid, we didn't see as much wildlife or insect life as we had hoped for however, perhaps we visited at the wrong time of year.

I did manage to photograph this Darter in a rather urban setting, I'm unsure which Darter it is though.





It was a shock to the system when we returned to the UK weather however, we hope to be out and about this weekend with a trip to Minsmere planned and a run up to Norfolk to try to photograph seals, let's hope the weather is decent.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Your Darter may be a Skimmer. The dorsal colour and pattern match those of an immature male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens but the dark stripes on the sides of the thorax exclude this species.

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Hi Dave

I like the look of that dragon. Love the eyes.

I had a look on http://dragonfliesofcanaryislands.blogspot.co.uk They say there are 11 dragonflies native to Teneriffe. But I have no books which would verify that. But it is a start.

Of those I would suggest you have a look at TRITHEMIS ARTERIOSA (Red-veined Dropwing). The eyes look similar, and looking at pictures elsewhere it seems quite variable. I do prefer books as I am then reasonably sure I am not checking against other mistaken IDs.

I have never been to Teneriffe, so it all sounds very exotic. And clearly far nicer than the current UK weather.

I look forward to seeing the seals. I was out taking pictures of Siskins today. Unfortunately I can't post them as they are not taken on my Olympus.
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I like the look of that dragon. Love the eyes.

I had a look on http://dragonfliesofcanaryislands.blogspot.co.uk They say there are 11 dragonflies native to Teneriffe. But I have no books which would verify that. But it is a start.

Of those I would suggest you have a look at TRITHEMIS ARTERIOSA (Red-veined Dropwing). The eyes look similar, and looking at pictures elsewhere it seems quite variable. I do prefer books as I am then reasonably sure I am not checking against other mistaken IDs.

I have never been to Teneriffe, so it all sounds very exotic. And clearly far nicer than the current UK weather.

I look forward to seeing the seals. I was out taking pictures of Siskins today. Unfortunately I can't post them as they are not taken on my Olympus.
I agree: Trithemis arteriosa, an immature male, not illustrated in my book.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Large White Butterfly eggs



A film shot taken in Cheshire in the 80's using the OM 38mm macro.
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Thank you David.

This picture has the look and feel of an illustration for a book or academic review. Do you have any where the caterpillars are hatching?

Macro is wonderful for showing the incredible beauty of tiny structures and making us look. I was looking at some macros of dragonfly larvae this morning on a blog I visit. The larvae are absolutely fantastic sculptural things. Beautiful and yet ugly at the same time.

I must see if I can still scan my transparencies. I have a film scanner but it hasn't been used on any of my macs. I suspect drivers will be an issue.

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Thank you David.

This picture has the look and feel of an illustration for a book or academic review. Do you have any where the caterpillars are hatching?

Macro is wonderful for showing the incredible beauty of tiny structures and making us look. I was looking at some macros of dragonfly larvae this morning on a blog I visit. The larvae are absolutely fantastic sculptural things. Beautiful and yet ugly at the same time.

I must see if I can still scan my transparencies. I have a film scanner but it hasn't been used on any of my macs. I suspect drivers will be an issue.

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I have but I'll have to upload one when I get chance. The hatching caterpillars eat their egg shells before starting on leaves.
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