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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Yes, a wasp, usually around in August.................

Not genned up on their life cycle............
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I would like to say a few words of thanks Harold for your advice about metering in the use of the shutter button to half way. I will look out for it next time. Thank you very much, appreciated.
You are very welcome. If you take a lot of shots under similar conditions (lighting, approximate magnification), you can lock the setting of the initial reading. (Consult camera manual). This is a bit like using incident light settings. In other words, the subject does not influence the subsequent exposures while it is locked.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Today I only saw one butterfly as it was sunny (at times) ....but too cold. So I spent time playing around blossom looking at solitary bees and an Alder Fly. Happy to be corrected on any ID.

They are all taken with the 40-150 with 1.4 tc and are varying amounts of manually organised stacks. The Alder Fly and Lichen is about 7 shots. I can see a few issues but do like the feeling of depth.

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Alderfly. They are usually Sialis lutaria.

Based on its foraging on fruit blossom and its abdomen, I think the bee is Andrena caratonica the Communal mining bee.

The yellow lichen is Xanthoria parietina.

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Alderfly. They are usually Sialis lutaria.

Based on its foraging on fruit blossom and its abdomen, I think the bee is Andrena caratonica the Communal mining bee.

The yellow lichen is Xanthoria parietina.

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Thank you Harold. As usual, very comprehensive IDs. I will never get the hang of bees, so I will stick to butterflies.

There were very few flies, a few Hawthorn flies and a couple of drones but as you said previously it looks very thin.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Honesty Pays Orange Tip Male

It pays off as a rich nectar supply.

We have white and purple Honesty but I wanted to show the orange with the purple.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Lovely colours Harold. I have never seen the purple variety. I will see about putting some in. Do you have garlic mustard or cuckoo flower in the wilder bits of the estate? I know they will use honesty but other food-plants are preferred.
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Lovely colours Harold. I have never seen the purple variety. I will see about putting some in. Do you have garlic mustard or cuckoo flower in the wilder bits of the estate? I know they will use honesty but other food-plants are preferred.
Thanks, Peter.

I assume you mean the plant!

That's the common variety. There are variegated versions of purple and of white flower versions. Remember that they are bienniels. Sow this year for flowers next year.

We have lots of the arum but it is a favourite of the deer. This year we have perhaps two square metres of Garlic Mustard, no in flower in the front garden, with scattered individuals in the back garden.

No female seen yet.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Owl Moth Seen in the meadow yesterday and reported to have a wingspan of 10cm. I was out looking for birds and had the 75-300mm lens on. I only have 2 lenses. The other is the 14-150mm. I am getting there.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some recent shots

A drone fly

Drone fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A leafhopper very common in the garden but not easy to shoot

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A parasitic wasp

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This is I now know a stonefly I am thinking it might be an Early needle fly leuctra hippopus

Stonefly by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hidden in plain sight

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf, some lovely creatures there. I shall need to do some research to see where to look for some. I must say alder flies, caddis flies and now your stone fly look so very similar to the generalist but the first shot of it shows it off so well.

If I didn't dislike ichneumons and parasitic wasps out of principle then that one is almost classy.
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Alf, some lovely creatures there. I shall need to do some research to see where to look for some. I must say alder flies, caddis flies and now your stone fly look so very similar to the generalist but the first shot of it shows it off so well.

If I didn't dislike ichneumons and parasitic wasps out of principle then that one is almost classy.
Thanks Peter. I am not out looking for anything particular usually and shoot what I find.
I do like shooting wasps and bees and however gruesome parasitic wasps are, they are fascinating.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Anthophora plumipes Hairy-footed Flower Bee Females

There is a disagreement between the English name “Hairy-footed” and the Latin name, which means “Feather feet”.

The females of this species have long orange or yellow hairs on their hind legs, where pollen would be carries by Bumble Bees. This species is an important pollinator in early spring. The males are hairier and have brown hairs on the legs. At first I though these were females but they are probably males, which emerge weeks before the females.

This bee is particularly difficult to photograph and I had to abandon my usual technique to obtain images.

In general, I find that AF loses me more images than it gains. However, because this bee typically spends about one second sucking nectar from each flower, I had no time to consider each shot or to focus manually. So I would frame, approximate to focus by moving to or from the subject and, more or less simultaneously, operate the AF.

The bees fly away if they detect my significant movement so I needed to mostly anticipate which group of flowers and move to individual flower at the last moment.

I used sunlight rather than mount a large flash unit.

Overall, this was the best set still, last year having been fairly successful. Hover l;ast years I will try again after the coming cold weather.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

Very nice images of an interesting selection.

Although I don't know them, I think you are right about the Leuchtra.

Your spider is probably one of the "Linyphya group".

By yesterday, we were starting to see more variety of insects. Today started rainy and is likely to remain so, as well as being cold.

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