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A cool if greusome thing to see Harold were the shots good?
I thought so at the time,

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread



Southern Migrant Hawker




Common Blue Damsel Fly




Blue tailed Damsel Fly


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ID's are not certain. Maybe Harold will confirm or otherwise (TIA)
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Hi Mark

I am 99% that you have a Hairy Dragonfly as number one. It is first to emerge, so if it is May/June then you have a high chance of seeing that. Plus the Southern Migrant Hawker is a very rare migrant. Only in the last couple of years with higher temperatures has it been getting over the handful of sightings (in July).

I am happy with the blue damselfly but have some doubts about the blue-tailed, which I have looked up in my books for you with not much greater clarity from that . Immature female damsels all look very similar to me so I'll wait on Harold
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Peter, Do you think this is the Hairy DF? The sighting was in late August

The British Dragonfly images are too small and are obscured by large font names.

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/to...7838/#13699465

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/to...awker#13702768

[Edit] the dorsal spots on the rear segments are joined, which should make it the Blue/Southern. Anyway, we get it every year, a visit or two.[Edit ends]

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Blue Featherleg Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes



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Peter, Do you think this is the Hairy DF? The sighting was in late August

The British Dragonfly images are too small and are obscured by large font names.

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/to...7838/#13699465

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/to...awker#13702768

[Edit] the dorsal spots on the rear segments are joined, which should make it the Blue/Southern. Anyway, we get it every year, a visit or two.[Edit ends]

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No that is definitely a Southern Hawker. You were right on Fredmiranda. I have a number of guides which i use rather than relying on the BDS site (which I find a disaster).

For continental dragons I tend to use this site which is very comprehensive - and it shows this for Blue/Southern http://www.dragonflypix.com/speciesp...cyanea_en.html

But paper field guides are best
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No that is definitely a Southern Hawker. You were right on Fredmiranda. I have a number of guides which i use rather than relying on the BDS site (which I find a disaster).

For continental dragons I tend to use this site which is very comprehensive - and it shows this for Blue/Southern http://www.dragonflypix.com/speciesp...cyanea_en.html

But paper field guides are best
Thanks, Peter, It was originally identified from my book but you had me wondering. (There is a lot of coarse hair ventrally on the thorax).

I also told a fellow macro shooter that his from Worthing were the same.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Rhingia campestris, a Hoverfly with a Snout

For several years, I have been disappointed at not finding this species. Today I found it at last, on the flowers of Jack by the Hedge aka Garlic Mustard, a typical crucifer. (The elongated seed pods often blocked the view).

It was a difficult session, with a light breeze moving the leaves and the sky darkening from thickening clouds. I used a smaller aperture than is my preference and had to raise the ISO to 1600.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 sec then 1/100 sec at f10 ISO 800, (first two) then 1/100 sec at f9 ISO 1600, hand-held.

These are not as sharp as I would like but show the fly’s characteristics. All are of females.

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On my rose bush about 5mm in size.



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[IMG]mayfly harleyford thames 19/5/19 by Walter Warburton, on Flickr[/IMG]mk2 p/l 100/400lens, tried to get them flying but no success, only had big lens with me.
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On my rose bush about 5mm in size.



I looked at various scale bugs, which was my instant thought and suggest you start with Parthenolecanium corni - which is also called European Fruit Lecanium

There are dozens of sources which look similar or nearly including this one
https://www.biolib.cz/en/image/id317084/

Or this
https://www.fugleognatur.dk/gallery....arge&ID=575776

Now you may be wondering how to deal with it as a pest so
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=455

Personally, I don't believe in nuking insects but some, including lily beetles and slugs do make me think hard!
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Sawfly Arge cyanocrocea

I get these sawflies in my garden every year. There is usually just a lone wasp to be found at any one time. It is usually resting on a leaf and I fail to get a worthwhile image before it flies away.

This time, a very tolerant individual had a long feeding session and seemed not bothered by my presence. I believe this species feeds on bramble.

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I looked at various scale bugs, which was my instant thought and suggest you start with Parthenolecanium corni - which is also called European Fruit Lecanium

There are dozens of sources which look similar or nearly including this one
https://www.biolib.cz/en/image/id317084/

Or this
https://www.fugleognatur.dk/gallery....arge&ID=575776

Now you may be wondering how to deal with it as a pest so
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=455

Personally, I don't believe in nuking insects but some, including lily beetles and slugs do make me think hard!
Thanks Peter, appreciate your knowledge and your time taken to share it.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Dolycoris baccarum Hairy Shieldbug

I found this on blackcurrant leaves on two consecutive days. It tended to fly readily but only to another leaf on the bush.

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The stereos are crosseye. The framing for the first is not ideal.

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Mint moth (Pyrausta aurata).



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