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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are a bunch of shots from Julay year that I have refcently processed


A leaf hopper


Leafhopper by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A female scorpion fly


Female scorpion fly with snack by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A ladybird


Ladybird by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A Bumblebee


Bumble bee on hogweed by Alf Branch, on Flickr


An aphid that has been parasitised


Aphid parasitised by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A bluebottle


Blue bottle by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some hoverflies


Hover fly 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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Hovering fly 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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Another leafhopper


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

really superb pictures of the little critters.

Speaks very well of your technique................
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

An excellent set.

The aphid parasite is Praon volucre.

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really superb pictures of the little critters.

Speaks very well of your technique................
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Alf,

An excellent set.

The aphid parasite is Praon volucre.

Harold
Thanks Harold especially for the info on the parasite

so something like this

Parasitic Wasp egg-laying-1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A Summer Bug Heterotoma planicornis

These were shot in July last year. They are not my best ever images of the bug but there is detail. The first is cropped by about a third, the second by two thirds.

EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 60mm macro, flash, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Solitary Wasp in August

A mainly black subject on a white background bring exposure/contrast issues but that is the nature of the subject. All images have been cropped by ca 50%.

EM-1, Olympus 4/3 x2TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 -1/500, f11 (effective) sunlight, hand-held

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Forest or Red-Legged Shield-bug Pentatoma rufipes

I have been working through the images from fungus forays, picking out opportunist shots of insects. This image is from mixed woodland in August 2015. I don't recall the exact circumstances of this image but the ones either side of it are from bog in one area of the wood.

It seems that only the one image is extant. This is a bit unfortunate as the angle of view, although quite pleasing, is wrong for viewing the very specific shape of the projections on the thorax. Anyway, the markings and the "red" legs, together with the dark antennae. are enough. I like to get both antennae sharp but got only one clear at all.

The lack of EXIF data for the lens suggests that it was my Kiron 105mm. Flash was used.

I checked the times of the frames in the series, and this was in them same habitat as the cricket (to be posted tomorrow). This means that, rather than being in the woodland, it was in a mossy bog surrounded by the woodland. That said, I did not venture more than a few paces inside the bog.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bog Bush-cricket Metrioptera brachyptera in a Bog

In August 2015 a group of us surveyed the fungi of a large, mixed wood. In one part of the wood the trees gave way to an extensive area of mossy bog with Vaccinium bushes.

I don't recall the exact circumstances of photographing these individuals but I used flash. The lack of lens data suggests that I used my Kiron 105mm macro. I do remember that macro in this bog meant kneeling on moss, my knees sinking into shallow but cold water beneath it.

This is the only time I found this species and I did not realise that I had images of it until a recent sort-out. As the name indicates, this species has short wings. A rare, long-winged, form occurs.

The first is a male and I think the others are females. I was fortunate to find the green form, a brown form being common. As can be seen from the framing, getting an unobscured shot was something I couldn't spend the time to wait for.

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Good looking fellow Harold...............

Nice set of them............
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Good looking fellow Harold...............

Nice set of them............
Thanks, Mark.

Annoyingly, I missed another opportunity, when I went back to the bog again in 2016. I hoped to photograph the Raft Spider, which I did not find. If I had rembered about this species I might have got some better shots, being by myself and not having to keep up with the group. Anyway, this August I will try again.

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Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)

My sort of caterpillar..............
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Harold,

I missed these before. Good work in finding it and ID etc. I especially like this shot ( eg for a field guide or similar), showing the habitat and insect very well. And the others are good too.

You do get to some interesting spots.

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I missed these before. Good work in finding it and ID etc. I especially like this shot ( eg for a field guide or similar), showing the habitat and insect very well. And the others are good too.

You do get to some interesting spots.
Thanks, Peter.

I would have to clone out that straw!

You could do worse than join your local fungus group. They will make a point of visiting a variety of habitats and may get access not available to the general public. Also, within reason, you could concentrate on photography without needing to find you way around. If you are interested in the fungi, names would be provided.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A couple of solitary bees from today
I do not know the species but they could be male and female the way they buzzing around.

This is possibly Andrena Clarkella

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