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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Spider Trap..............
A crab spider. I'm fairly sure it's a Xysticus sp.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Loving the crab spider Mark
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Just hope he got his lunch, before someone had him for lunch...........
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Just hope he got his lunch, before someone had him for lunch...........
They cope well enough
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are some spider shots from yesterday.

A wolf spider with a meal it caught inside the skull of a sheep I turned over.

Wolf spider feeding by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Here is an orb waever that has been parasitised by a wasp. This larva will control the spider and feed off it until it kills it for a final meal.

Under the spell- by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A baclit orb waever

Sitting in wait- by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A long jaw orb waever with its latest catch.

Long jaw orb waever feeding- by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Green-veined White at Rest

Some macro shooters seem to find quite a few winged insects at rest in the early morning. I have only occasionally done so. This was rather different anyway, in that the butterfly was immobile in short grass at 10am (9am GMT). It may have been due to cool weather returning after some very warm days.

The butterfly made no movement, that I perceived, during the session but I removed only one blade of grass that was blocking the view. Any more might have disturbed it.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

My first Wood Whites of the year at Bucknell Wood, about half an hour away from me. They are a scarce butterfly and heavily protected. Bucknell wood is one of a number of sites specially managed to increase numbers.

Alongside other whites (small, green-veined) was a star Large White who was clearly seeking an equity card. Lovely poser, very approachable.









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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis

This predatory species was sitting on a Goldenrod leaf, sunning itself, as the species often does.

The crosseye stereo pairs use the uncropped images, wheres the single frames have been cropped.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Insect alert:

Cinnabar Moths are now loitering near to Ragwort.

Rosemary Beetles are now congregating on Rosemary plants (tending to favour one plant and ignore others) and may also be found on Lavender.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The missing leg....

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Signature Spider - Argiope anasuja - Female



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Well two wonderful shots of quite unpleasant looking things. Not sure what it is or where beatletorque found his flying insect (dragonfly?) but it looks prehistoric...and rattly.

And I'm pretty good with spiders but always avoid those with yellow markings. And having paused to look her up I find that is wise. The zig zag web lines are great. Super shot.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Turnip Sawfly : with Gender Issues

This wasp is quite common on foliage in my garden but only mostly as single individual. They are fairly approachable with a camera but tend to walk around quite a lot. So finding this one on the edge of a leaf for long enough to shoot a stereo pair was a rare treat.

Its life can be complicated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnip_sawfly

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Tadpoles - Lily Pond @ Ascott House

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hairy-footed Bee in Flight

As I mentioned in an earlier topic, these bees move around very rapidly. On this occasion, they were feeding on nectar in these deep flowers. Several times, I pressed the shutter release the moment one had backed out and was clearly visible. Every time, the image showed the bee feeding on the next flower. This one must have paused slightly on its approach.

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Note the extended tongue.

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