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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Harold as promised here are a couple of Commas from my trip to White-Cross Green Woods in Oxfordshire. It was a lovely bright day and there were dozens about (plus 4 hares, a harvest mouse nest and three different deer species). I hope to go back there on wednesday.


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Harrold as promise here are a couple of Commas from my trip to White-Cross Green Woods in Oxfordshire. It was a lovely bright day and there were dozens about (plus 4 hares, a harvest mouse nest and three different deer species). I hope to go back there on wednesday.
The one viewpoint I didn't get.

Was there much in flower? (Probably Celandine and Dandelion).

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The one viewpoint I didn't get.

Was there much in flower? (Probably Celandine and Dandelion).

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Blackthorn, Celandine and very little else that springs to memory. I was looking for any early signs of Lady's Smock or Garlic Mustard as an indicator for Orange Tips, but I think that is 2/3 weeks away. Although a friend has seen his first ever March Orange Tip in Hants at the weekend.

I shot a Red Admiral sitting on some very nice Pussy Willow absolutely yellow with pollen...not a great butterfly shot as it was ten feet up.

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Nicely taken shot Mark.

I think that Leica lens works well for butterflies. I do like the 40-150 pro but it needs the tc and even then I'd prefer longer. I think you shot at 400mm. How close can you get at that setting? The 40-150 has a good close working distance so it is almost perfect .
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Blackthorn, Celandine and very little else that springs to memory. I was looking for any early signs of Lady's Smock or Garlic Mustard as an indicator for Orange Tips, but I think that is 2/3 weeks away. Although a friend has seen his first ever March Orange Tip in Hants at the weekend.

I shot a Red Admiral sitting on some very nice Pussy Willow absolutely yellow with pollen...not a great butterfly shot as it was ten feet up.

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Out Garlic Mustard is extending upwards but no flower buds are showing. I would say probably next week for flowering. Wild Arums are in full leaf but no flowers yet. Bluebells may be two weeks away. Hawthorn buds are starting to show.

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Out Garlic Mustard is extending upwards but no flower buds are showing. I would say probably next week for flowering. Wild Arums are in full leaf but no flowers yet. Bluebells may be two weeks away. Hawthorn buds are starting to show.

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Yes, I appear to be out of touch (moi??) someone has just posted their pictures of an Orange Tip at the weekend in Oxfordshire on UK Butterflies. He also shoots with an EM1 and 100-400 lens. Not sure if he is a member here too.

So I will be watching out for you to post an Orange Tip from your garden before I get one in the field. Your garden must be huge, Harold.
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Thanks for the reply Pete.

The Leica will focus down to about 4 foot or 1.2 metres I think. This shot was taken through undergrowth hence the blur on the LHS.

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Yes, I appear to be out of touch (moi??) someone has just posted their pictures of an Orange Tip at the weekend in Oxfordshire on UK Butterflies. He also shoots with an EM1 and 100-400 lens. Not sure if he is a member here too.

So I will be watching out for you to post an Orange Tip from your garden before I get one in the field. Your garden must be huge, Harold.
No OT yet but they never fail to turn up. They do a lot of flying up and down the garden before settling at all. The rear garden is 300 x 40 feet and backs onto farmland (which is in Oxfordshire) and the Thames flood plane.

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Thanks for the reply Pete.

The Leica will focus down to about 4 foot or 1.2 metres I think. This shot was taken through undergrowth hence the blur on the LHS.

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Interesting, I will try and find one to try out at some stage. The Canon 100-400 I use also does close work very nicely and I find one of the two pictures above was using that but we are a friendly bunch. I needed fast speed for hares. It is confusing running both at times.

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We back onto farmland and there the similarity falls down But apparently size isn't everything
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bee-fly on Damson Blossom

These, easily-recognisable, flies emerge at this season and can be seen over a short period. The long, rigid tongue and the hovering flight are a characteristic combination.

The easiest place to get a photo is when they settle on the ground but the backgound is generally of little interest. However, that it the only chance of finding their wings static.

The next best is when they fed at flowers, Honesty being the best. However, Honesty is a bienniel and this seems to be an off year. Not so easy, but they best way of getting blue sky as a background is when they feed on blossoms such as those of Damsons. The wings are a constant blur when they are feeding.

These are far from my best images of Bee-flies but they show the tongue in action.

EM-1, Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 at f11 (effective), ISO 400, daylight, hand-held.

[Edit] It has been suggested, elsewhere, that the shutter speed was too slow to freze the wing movement. While that is true, the very much shorter exposure of full flash (final image) does little better.[Edit ends]

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First time in the garden for bee flies. I have just replanted and dug in several tons of manure, worms so it is now a haven for worm parasites. But this one was very co-operative. i will need to work at technique before we try moving shots.

EM5mk2 + 60mm macro. Lit with a led video light and one off camera flash. Tried closing up aperture - even to maximum but these are not the extremes. Need to do some more work on settings and try to keep ISO down a bit.


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Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha Larva

Today my wife asked me to dig a hole at the edge of our lawn for a perennial plant. This grub, about 30mm long, was dug up in the process. It was slightly injured on its right side, with some blood oozing but shooting from the left avoided most of that. Being a soil-dwelling grub, its face was not very clean but that is the way things are.

The difference between Rose Chafers and Cockchafers as larvae is something which rarely seems to be stated. Both live in the soil of lawns and around other plants. The legs of the Rose Chafer are very much shorter those of the Cockchafer. The other difference is that the anus in the Rose Chafer has a longitudinal opening whereas that of the Cockchafer has a transverse one. A picture of the latter is provided for your enjoyment.

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