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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Mosquito Dahliana geniculata in Daytime

A couple of days ago my wife said that a mosquito had been flying around her. As it was the middle of the day, and on sunlight, I said that it was more likely to be a midge.

Yesterday, I saw a large individual (ca 7mm, from the image size) land on some sunlit foliage, where I have been finding various solitary bees and other insects. There followed an interaction where, alternating, it would hover facing me or it would land and I would try to photograph it. Although the initial landing was on the top of the leaf, the subsequent ones were on the undersides, offering problems with lighting. (Cropping was mostly to remove dark shadows).

I have identified the species based on it being common, its size and (mainly) the white "knees" which for which it is named.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A couple from Wicken Fen yesterday afternoon... Sun was out temperature was high so getting anywhere near the dragon flies was nigh on impossible.



This one was chasing away anything other than the female ones, that he would catch mid air for a quickie so she could lay her eggs in his bit of the stream.



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Birch Shieldbug with Parasite Eggs

I had just given up finding macro subjects, with light rain just starting, when I glanced down at a plant. I saw what looked like a rather small individual of the common Green Shield-bug. But it was very small (ca 10mm) and had reddish markings. It also had some white blobs on its thorax.

It was a Birch Shieldbug Elasmostethus interstinctus, carrying five eggs of a tachinid fly parasite. The parasite is likely to be a Phasia species.

Although I was aware that most insects have their parasites, I did not know of this relationship, or that the eggs would be placed so prominently, and I was slow to realise what the white objects were as I kept taking photographs.

It was fairly active, constantly walking around, often on the bottom of a leaf. Finally, it climbed up a very whippy grass stem, which moved around a great deal in the slight breeze, such that focusing was very tricky. Anyway, it gave me a nice ventral view.

The stereo is crosseye.

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/phasia-hemiptera

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Hi Harold could I think they could be larvae eggs as well would have been interesting as to which eggs
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Hello, Mike.

I'm not totally clear as to the point you are making.

Do you think you can see tiny legs? I think there are one or two adhension points and some coincidence with highlights on the dorsal sculpturing.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi HAROLD, yes I could have been a little clearer. Have you any thoughts as to the culprit that laid the eggs
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Tachinid flies

http://www.nadsdiptera.org/Tach/Abou...hOverview.html

in particular Phasia sp:

http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galer...inidae_05.html


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Males of Yellow-barred Longhorn Nemophora degeerella

I found five of these moths between a tree and a hedgerow in my garden. Three were on a Goldenrod and two on an adjacent Ragwort. Neither plant was flowering.

The moths were very widely-spaced on each plant and their tiny body size meant that getting two or three in focus didn't work quite well enough. Some of these images are crops from the group shots. Also, the direction of light on the moths greatly affects how the colours show, the last two images giving examples. Sometimes single flash gun was better than my usual two.

The antennae of males are extremely long, making framing quite an issue.

The family is very primitive, the only Lepidopteran one with chewing mouthparts:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micropterigidae

This assemblage dispersed as I photographed them and I have not seen them again.

Last year I saw huge numbers of the dark green Adela reaumurell on the leaves of friends' fruit trees.

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Two more of same individual in same position.



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I had three of these tiny blue butterflies feeding on my Weeping Cotoneaster tree this afternoon. I am not sure what 'make' it is – a Small Blue perhaps?

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Nice shot of both the butterfly and of the flower. I'm fairly sure it is a small blue.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Thanks Harold. I have had that tree for about 25 years and rather take it for granted. Out of interest the flowers are about 12mm in diameter (I have just been out to measure them with a ruler) so it gives a good idea of the size of the butterfly. There is a lovely honey scent from the blossom, too, which I hadn't noticed before.

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Thanks Harold. I have had that tree for about 25 years and rather take it for granted. Out of interest the flowers are about 12mm in diameter (I have just been out to measure them with a ruler) so it gives a good idea of the size of the butterfly. There is a lovely honey scent from the blossom, too, which I hadn't noticed before.

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That seems very large for the genus.

We are gradually accumulating scented perennials in or garden. We now have several such Clematis and tree lilies give a very powerful scent in the summer as do Honesty and Chinese Wisteria in the spring. I have just planted some seeds (form Bulgaria) of the Damask Rose, probably the ultimate scented rose. I also have seed germinating of scented Passion Flowers. The final touch will be Night Scented Stock.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi, OLYBIRDER the butterfly is a Holly Blue, (celastrina argiolus). Male. Was it you I met in Upton fen last week?
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Thanks Mike. I saw my first Holly Blue several weeks ago but, as there has been a sudden influx of blue butterflies in my garden in the past few days, I thought they might be something different.

I am afraid it wasn't me at Upton Fen. I haven't been out with my camera for a couple of weeks and, surprisingly, have never been to Upton Fen.

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I refer all such blues in our garden to Holly Blue but the spots and pattern on the hind wing better match Small Blue.

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