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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Thanks, Peter.

While butterflies and bumble bes (and some bee-flies) are around in numbers, there is a severe lack of pollinators for all the fruit tree blossom. The notable absences are the hoverflies and other large Diptera and solitary bees.

The lack of insects will hit the insectivorous birds. I am putting insect-rich suet and moistened (supplied dried) mealworms out in the morning.

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Now you mention it I haven't seen the diversity yet either. Over the last couple of days I have started to see more flies but I am not yet walking into swarms of hawthorn flies, maybe it is a bit early.

But the data from Europe has shown massive declines in insects (by weight/volume) generally so maybe some have reached critical (not sure if this will link http://www.sciencemag.org/sites/defa...?itok=mCoRqutS)

It is hard to see what you have stopped seeing. Let us hope it is a minor blip rather than a major one.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Thanks, Peter.

While butterflies and bumble bes (and some bee-flies) are around in numbers, there is a severe lack of pollinators for all the fruit tree blossom. The notable absences are the hoverflies and other large Diptera and solitary bees.

The lack of insects will hit the insectivorous birds. I am putting insect-rich suet and moistened (supplied dried) mealworms out in the morning.

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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.
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lovely shots Alf. Especially the wasp which is a very strong image design as well as the levels of detail, which are stunning
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Like the wasp Alf. Such pretty little fellows from the front....
Thanks Peter and Mark I presume you mean the Common wasp Vespula Vulgaris as the first 2 are also wasps.
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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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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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Well spotted Phil ! That IS a big moth

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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

Leafhopper by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A parasitic wasp

Parasitic wasp by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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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