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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A few from the great weather we had recently. Still loving the 60mm macro. I use it a lot. Not just macro.

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I'm forever blowing bubbles
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

+1 for the 60mm macro.
Just got one and it is superb.
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Playing with the new 60mm


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Wow the first one is superb.
How close were you and how did you get it to stay still.


I am really impressed with the 60mm.
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Wow the first one is superb.
How close were you and how did you get it to stay still.


I am really impressed with the 60mm.

Thanks Dave, its a great little lens, i just know i was pretty close for that one, it was on a bush i had to reach forward with the camera and use the rear LCD at arms length, not easy without my reading glasses.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Just grabbed these from the greenhouse window!

Ladybird having just "hatched"
















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Just grabbed these from the greenhouse window!

Ladybird having just "hatched"
A Harlequin. The spots take a while to colour up.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A Smaller But Cleaner Mullein Moth Larva

The huge one I photographed recently had a dirty face and was no longer interested in feeding. I suspected that I had found it when it was walking away from a Buddleia plant and now have supporting evidence. My wife found this on a small Buddleia bush, and thinking the dozens of leaves might be insufficient for it, moved it to a large one.

So I was left trying to photographic among the stems, with a strong breeze moving them, also with sun and shade alternating at random. So, I had to use my left hand to twist and bend the stem to control the angle and lighting, leaving my right hand to hold, aim and control the camera. (There was no room for flash guns).

The final image here is a crosseye stereo pair.

Olympus EM-1(aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f9 of f11, daylight, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are my macro safari shots for June so far (more to process though)


A Scorpion fly male Panorpa communis


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A very small bee in a dog rose flower


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A crab spider on a stone wall


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An egg laden hover fly on hogweed it is easy to the eggs where her abdomen has expanded


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A myrmica SP ant heeding on hogweed


Myrmica SP. 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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A red spider mite on a wall


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A green spider probably Araniella cucurbitina eating a green weevil probably a nettle weevil


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Having just returned from a butterfly trip to Croatia I feel you need a deluge of butterflies.

All taken with the 40-150 pro lens and the teleconverter. Which was a constant on the camera. I think I managed one 60mm macro shot before breakfast, otherwise it was all close up via the tele lens at 210mm.

I'll start with day one and may do the whole trip in daily instalments. (would this be better elsewhere?)



On route between Zagreb and the first hotel. We stopped at a lay-by with some light scrub and a small stream. Some nice first sightings. This butterfly was initially thought to be a Brown Argus but eventually was agreed as a Chapman's Blue.



At our second brief stop at a Service area we explored the nearby rough ground. Which produced a number of butterflies including this pair of mating Short-tailed Blues



…and my first ever time with an Amanda's Blue. We saw many during the trip. We quickly discovered we were a focus for them, with our hot and sweaty bodies. They loved to sit on us, which made less attractive pictures.



I found this Purple-shot Copper at our first hotel. Villa Plitvicka Sedra in Irinovac. In the extensive grounds at the rear of the hotel.



…together with this lovely dark False Heath fritillary. So closing my first day in Croatia
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Cinnabar Moth at Burry Port today...………….
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

As there has been no protest a few more butterflies.

Day 2 (June 5th) at Villa Plitvicka Sedra in Irinovac before breakfast. I woke up early, I always do on these trips and had a walk to find roosting butterflies as the sun started to touch the tips of the plants and grasses. A few day-flying moths were about and a few red-backed shrike, reducing the amount of moths. Then I caught sight of this Clouded Yellow. Of the thirty or so pictures I took this was the nicest close-up and my only real use of the 60mm macro. And it was still there as I left. Beautiful.



Elsewhere in the gardens, this Pearly Heath was taking the first rays of sun. Once again close but this heath was a bit more wary.



After a hearty breakfast we went to Plitvicka Jezera National Park. Which was a wonderful tourist trip, but the butterflies were less impressed by the ornamental surroundings. However, one of my favourite butterflies was there. A Chequered Blue; which is such a dainty butterfly.



On leaving the park we took lunch in a wooded area. My first shots were of a Heath Fritillary on a wild rose.



We were able to see many passing Clouded Apollo’s dancing in the sunlight. But it took a while of tracking and muttering before one settled long enough to catch a picture.



In the same wooded area were several Woodland Ringlets. There were two challenges - getting a settled butterfly, and finding one in fair condition. I think they had been playing with the wild roses.



Moving to a new, meadow site we began to see some new species. I had seen Nickerl’s Fritillary in Hungary, and having photographed the underside I’m fairly confident



Happily we were amongst dozens of Black-veined Whites. They lift my heart and take my memory back to France and my first time amongst a cloud of them fluttering and dancing in the sunshine. I believe that that sight and experience is exactly how Heaven will be. Beautiful and magical.



I ended the day on a real high and a new sight for me. This is the dark mountain form of a Glanville Fritillary. Having taken many pictures low down amongst the grass, this gentle butterfly sat on my finger and hopped onto this cerise flower to enable we to take shots to fill the frame without bending the knees and back. What a star.



Two days, and so far pictures are all of butterflies that don't breed in the UK naturally. The Clouded Yellow is becoming a regular migrant and on some years short-tailed blues may arrive, but the range of butterflies is virtually double ours and the numbers are very much greater.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Peter,

A very nice set.

"Clouded Yellow"? There are many Colias spp on Continental Europe, all looking rather similar.

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A very nice set.

"Clouded Yellow"? There are many Colias spp on Continental Europe, all looking rather similar.

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Well if it were one of those I'd have said so . It is Colias croceus. The common Clouded yellow and a male. Having said that in a lot of places Berger's Clouded yellow is the most commonly seen, and we hoped to see Balkan Clouded yellow. But all pictures are of the common species and it is the one that tends not to be argued about as it is easy to spot. I'll post one with male and female together. The female on her own is less easy as she is paler and more confusable.

If you want confusion then put several blues together.
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