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It's a Bug's World!

I thought I'd start a thread for bug lovers. I have noticed that quite a few members of the forum have some interesting bug photos and as it is a subject I've only recently become interested in I felt an idea for a thread coming on. The bug season is "creeping" up on us in the UK and is probably waning elsewhere, but there seems to be a huge stock of fascinating micro creatures out there and it would be nice to see a few ordinary bugs' intimate details plus a few exotics from far flung places.

Well here goes, I'll start with a few from last year:

Migrant Hawker (huge crop)



pyrausta aurata on mint flower. This moth is only about 8-9mm long



Brimstone



Hornet, starting a nest in a bird hide on Rutland Water (taken from a safe distance with the 70-300mm)



And finally one from this week, melecta albifrons, a "cuckoo" bee and only the fifth one recorded in Lincolnshire ever!



Well that's the lot for now, although I've plenty more and hopefully will be adding a lot this year. So dig out your bugs, don't be shy it won't hurt!

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

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And finally one from this week, melecta albifrons, a "cuckoo" bee and only the fifth one recorded in Lincolnshire ever!
Woohoo! Congratulations!

Lovely set of pictures, here's hoping the thread ends up with loads more lovely insects.
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Re: It's a Bug's World!

I like that last one David, nice light and colour. Was that with the 70-300 as well?

Good to know of someone who can identify the little critters, might be after some identification help at some point.
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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Nice set David, but finding such a rarity as the Cuckoo Bee is rather special, I bet that has caused a lot of excitement amongst local naturalists!
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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Really enjoyed this set - thanks David.

As and when finanaces allow this is the sort of direction I want to go. I think I'll start with an EX25, on the grounds it doesn't cost too much, with my kit lenses in the hope that's a reasonable starting point.

Excellent idea to get the bug thing going.

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Great set David and congrats on the rare find.

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As and when finanaces allow this is the sort of direction I want to go. I think I'll start with an EX25, on the grounds it doesn't cost too much, with my kit lenses in the hope that's a reasonable starting point.

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Hec there are cheaper ways, this common blue was taken with the kit 40-150mm and a 12 close up filter and was still not at full magnifaction has I had zoomed back to get the grass head in.

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Yes, the cuckoo bee was posted on the insect section of the local birb club album and minutes later I received a couple of PMs telling me how important a record it was, I had no idea!

Apart from the Hornets most were taken with E30 and Leica 14-150mm, number 2 with EX25. Number one was taken with 300mm f2.8 handheld, not an easy task trying to follow a dragonfly inflight and focus - I was amazed I got anything.

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Paul - I had thought about that option but to be honest I was not sure about the quality issue. Looking at your example however I can see it's not too bad at all. Whilst clearly not a match for extenders and specialist lenses it's certainly better than no option. I think I'm going to look a ebay to see what's on offer.

If I can run to it the extender looks good as I can use with the kit lenses and even try with my Sigma 150 - 400. Not sure how that would work but it's worth a try.

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I So dig out your bugs, don't be shy it won't hurt!
I can never be accused of being shy David.

Not as rare as yours though David

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Here's a few from "far flung" Australia.

A Daddy Long Legs spider


Just a fly on the Kangaroo Paw strap leaf


One of our larger black cicadas


A Pied Lacewing


A juvenile Clown Bug


Not much time to get a lot more at the moment & not so many bugs as we are now in Autumn, but I'll keep looking.
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Re: It's a Bug's World!

I just knew the Antipodes would turn up some spectacular delights, let's see if we can match these from Blighty folks. Thanks for posting Ross.

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Well, as Ross has shown we have more bugs Downunder than we know what to do with,
including the notoriously deadly Red Back Spider that I have yet to capture.




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Re: It's a Bug's World!

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I can never be accused of being shy David.

Not as rare as yours though David

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Hi Paul what combo was used on these as they look far better quality...

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Hi Paul what combo was used on these as they look far better quality...

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Re: It's a Bug's World!

Here's a few of mine... with the Oly 35mm Macro. I have no idea what these things actually are. Both taken in Sharm el Sheikh during my holiday there in 2010.



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