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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

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I love the Meadow Brown backlit on the grass/wheat stem. Wonderful shot.

I have a Tamron 90mm macro which was my pride and joy on my OM2 when I was young, and we only knew how to manually focus. I am guessing that your OM 90mm F2 is even nicer. Do you get to use it much on insects and butterflies? You seem to do a great job.

You may have convinced me to get it out and try it. I will need focus peaking and magnification but if I do half as well, I'll be chuffed.

Plus...a cracking shot of summer in the common blue. I think all butterflies with 'common' in their name should be renamed. From this day forth let it be known as the dazzling blue.

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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Peter, I like your style

As to my "Sweet smelling garden" - here it is:

garden May 2012 - 3 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

garden june 2 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

As to the source of this solitary specimen, we have a drinking water treatment plant which extracts water from the nearby River Avon and treats it before pumping it into our water mains, so I guess that could be a source (I never knew that this little thing was a fly!)

By the way, its a very green and clean garden, hasn't been watered (except by nature) for the past 15 years and has no chemicals applied - highly recommended if one is a bugs, bees and butterflies fan
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As to my "Sweet smelling garden" - here it is:

garden May 2012 - 3 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

garden june 2 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

As to the source of this solitary specimen, we have a drinking water treatment plant which extracts water from the nearby River Avon and treats it before pumping it into our water mains, so I guess that could be a source (I never knew that this little thing was a fly!)

By the way, its a very green and clean garden, hasn't been watered (except by nature) for the past 15 years and has no chemicals applied - highly recommended if one is a bugs, bees and butterflies fan
Brian so nice we should see it TWICE.

My admiration for anyone that can make a garden look so good and stick to no chemicals is unbounded. Hope there is a patch of nettles too!

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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

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Hope there is a patch of nettles too!
A few sneak in now and then, along with the odd Bramble or two

(The "Green Shed" is Pam's china painting studio, forbidden territory for me, all I get is the small plastic shed hiding under the tree, where I get to keep my gardening tools!)
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A few sneak in now and then, along with the odd Bramble or two
As a gardener you'd appreciate the grow-your-own kit that is available





If you have space - caterpillars of peacock and possibly small tortoiseshell both of whom love stingers...

PS sorry MargaretM - not spiders but not quite butterflies
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I love the Meadow Brown backlit on the grass/wheat stem. Wonderful shot.

I have a Tamron 90mm macro which was my pride and joy on my OM2 when I was young, and we only knew how to manually focus. I am guessing that your OM 90mm F2 is even nicer. Do you get to use it much on insects and butterflies? You seem to do a great job.

You may have convinced me to get it out and try it. I will need focus peaking and magnification but if I do half as well, I'll be chuffed.

Plus...a cracking shot of summer in the common blue. I think all butterflies with 'common' in their name should be renamed. From this day forth let it be known as the dazzling blue.

Thank you for joining in. Please send some more!
Thanks Peter. Yes i use the OM Zuiko 90mm quite often. It's pretty much the same technique i use with the 60mm macro which is simply manual focusing and moving the camera back and forth to focus. I almost always use magnify but i'm yet to try focus peaking. I haven't had much luck with dragonflies and butterflies -- a bad year in my area this year. Bushcrickets are doing much better .

Here's a couple small skippers with the 'King Zuiko'

OM Zuiko 90mm f2 -- Skipper On Blade by Pete O'Sullivan, on Flickr

OM Zuiko 90mm f2 -- Skipper In The Grass by Pete O'Sullivan, on Flickr
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

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I have had a look at some of your bush crickets on Flickr (plus butterflies and dragons) and followed you myself (1000 followers! +1) and think anyone reading this thread would have lots to enjoy there.

But I am also happy to see bush crickets in this thread as well even if I can't adapt the title to include them. If you do I may dig in to find my praying mantids from France and a few bush crickets as well. But you will be the recognised expert!

But I think everyone would agree that those skippers show the beauty of the F2 macro Olympus lens. If anyone else has some butterflies and other insects shot on wonderful old lenses then please join the party.

Thanks again and keep them coming.
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Tent caterpillars on the outside of their tent.



Regarded by some as a pest species as they can defoliate the host tree. Taken in Ontario where the tents can be very plentiful some years.
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

I am now trying to get pictures from the past in a bit more order and keep coming across things I like.


Duke of Burgundy Fritillary
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr


Dingy Skipper
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Surely you have something to post as well? Please feel free.
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Regarded by some as a pest species as they can defoliate the host tree. Taken in Ontario where the tents can be very plentiful some years.
I hope your authorities don't have the same attitude to 'pests' as the Forestry Commission (FC) do/did in the UK. They would aerial spray the whole forest canopy, wiping out 'pests', ..plus any insect life for miles and the birds that depended on them.

See the Guardian (and many others)

My own local FC woodland is finally showing some wildlife, despite being 'tended' by the FC people. So things may be changing.

Previously they focussed on more essential environmental improvements - asphalt paths, car parks and install parking meters and signs to allow the runners, dog-walkers et al to use the facilities.
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I hope your authorities don't have the same attitude to 'pests' as the Forestry Commission (FC) do/did in the UK. They would aerial spray the whole forest canopy, wiping out 'pests', ..plus any insect life for miles and the birds that depended on them.

See the Guardian (and many others)

My own local FC woodland is finally showing some wildlife, despite being 'tended' by the FC people. So things may be changing.

Previously they focussed on more essential environmental improvements - asphalt paths, car parks and install parking meters and signs to allow the runners, dog-walkers et al to use the facilities.
Individual property owners can take care of the nests but the authorities ignore them.
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David, thank you for that reassurance. Hope we continue to stop mass insecticide spaying too.

I noticed in the gallery you say this was with the Tamron 135 from the 80s. Do you still use that lens? It certainly helps you to produce beautiful depth and separation in this picture. It is a beautiful shot.

I am aware from other posts that you do have some fine kit. Some of those lenses must create some really special insect shots. Do you have any more pictures to inspire others here to try out or post some shots with classic lenses?

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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

The photo was taken last summer with the Tamron on my E-3. I was actually out looking for a Black Bear.
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Hair clumps on a Ruby Tiger Moth caterpillar.



Taken in Cheshire in the 80's using the OM 38mm macro.
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

David

Thank you for your pictures here and in the bird thread. I find it fascinating to see the variety of approaches and images that are taken of both subjects. I hope other folks are similarly enjoying the images.

I wanted to see the result of the hunt for bears. But I should keep to Ron's rules!

I will sort a few more out to keep it moving, but, I really hope to see some more from you and other people. I have seen mine already!

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