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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Does eye contact matter?

These three pictures have some degree of eye contact. Does it help or hinder?



red eyed damselfly - not looking amused



Large chequered skipper - about to fly



One of the Grayling family, possibly Tree Grayling or Great Banded. In a fruit tree enjoying the sap.
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

some very old images, from my canon days:





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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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I never.even saw a bear.I think I'm the only person in the neighborhood who hasn't seen one this year. SWMBO has had multiple sightings this year and there was a mother and cub causing trouble in the area a month ago.
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I never.even saw a bear.I think I'm the only person in the neighborhood who hasn't seen one this year. SWMBO has had multiple sightings this year and there was a mother and cub causing trouble in the area a month ago.
Well personally speaking, I would be pleased to avoid bears, but as a photographer it is a bit like snakes, you want to see them and not at the same time.

So just a chance to post more moths, instead.
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I never knew you were ordained. I will be more cautious about what I say! Are you now a Bishop?

But seriously, stopping a dragonfly in flight is probably one use for DSLR type of camera. I used to be able to do it with the E3 and 135-400 sigma.

I haven't tried recently. But I am sure you have. So I guess the EMs cannot do this?
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

I've done it with the EM's in the past, I'll see if I can find some for you somewhere. (I may be some time, 300k + files to look through! )

I just spotted these shots pop up on my ephotozine gallery so thought to share them
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Well personally speaking, I would be pleased to avoid bears, but as a photographer it is a bit like snakes, you want to see them and not at the same time.

So just a chance to post more moths, instead.
The only time I'd be concerned with Black Bears would be getting between a mother and her cub(s).

Snakes don't bother me either, the Mississauga Rattlesnakes we get are so inoffensive I don't worry about them and I've picked nonvenomous species up to move them when people have freaked out about 'a snake!'
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I never knew you were ordained. I will be more cautious about what I say! Are you now a Bishop?

But seriously, stopping a dragonfly in flight is probably one use for DSLR type of camera. I used to be able to do it with the E3 and 135-400 sigma.

I haven't tried recently. But I am sure you have. So I guess the EMs cannot do this?
In fact, having tracked down the original crops I find that these three were in fact shots using the EM-5 with Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 (my first file had clearly been mislabelled ) as you can see from the EXIF info on the attached taken from my flikr account.

Sorry to have misinformed you, I will now have to "De-canonize" myself

Hawker flight 35-100 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

Hawker flight 35-100 face on by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

the green background was algae on top of an ornamental lake over which this was patrolling

there are some more somewhere shot using the 75-300, (I've kept too many shots!)
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Inspired by this thread I went to butterfly world in St Albans last Fri, here are some shots hope you enjoy


Feeling a bit peckish. by cliff scrivens, on Flickr,

Tropical Butterfly house by cliff scrivens, on Flickr,

TBA2 by cliff scrivens, on Flickr,

Owl? by cliff scrivens, on Flickr,

@ Butterfly world, St Albans by cliff scrivens, on Flickr,

More on flickr, Butterfly world is open until Nov, and reopens in March
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Hi Cliff

I have visited a couple of times as it was going to be as big as the eden project when conceived. Unfortunately the dome was put on hold and that rather sad looking greenhouse (from the outside - nice inside) is the main event.

I named the butterflies on Flickr, not realising you had put them here as well

so, Idea leuconae (Great Tree Nymph)

Second shows the underside of Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho). Upper side is a wonderful blue.

But, you have included a bonus of a Papilio dardanus (African Swallowtail) at the end.

And now I checked Flickr and more have arrived! So I will look later as I have to go out and shoot fungi. But thank you for keeping the thread going!

Post more here too, please.
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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. .


With European bushcrickets (known as katydids elsewhere) there is a normal and alternate form. Usually the normal is longer winged and the alternate has shorter wings. With the Long-Winged Conehead it is the alternate form that is macropterous (long winged). The numbers of these macropterous form increases with population density and at northern latitudes enabling more effective spreading of the species as the long winged form can hold a sustained flight 3 times further than the normal form.

A macropterous adult female Long-Winged Conehead

Long-Winged Conehead by Pete O'Sullivan, on Flickr

A macropterous adult male Long-Winged Conehead

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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

And a dragon. Ruddy Darter

Clean Wings Darter by Pete O'Sullivan, on Flickr
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Bredman, thank you for posting all of these. I only see ruddy darters on rare occasions so thank you for sharing that one. The 'waisted' abdomen is so elegant. It is clearly a very recent arrival with a shiny set of new wings.

But the bush crickets are lovely. I have taken photographs myself, but have very little knowledge of their behaviours and it is really good to have a starting point. But I'm sure you have more.

You have done well for getting them in good focus. They are a challenge to me - especially the antennae.
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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

I was looking through some folders in Lightroom today, deleting all the rubbish, when I came across these two shots of butterflies which I had forgotten about. This Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown were nectaring on the same patch of thistles on Carlton Marshes back in July.







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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

Thank you Ron. A glimpse of summer. And everything looking colourful and happy in the sun.

I had a good walk yesterday photographing fungi. But I did also watch some speckled wood butterflies enjoying the sunshine - so all was not lost

I will put a bird up on your thread shortly.

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