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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

An Emperor Swallowtail amongst the Plumbago at House Gate Keeper earlier on today.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Geranium Bronze - Cacyreus marshalli



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Bees are out and about in the sunshine, and bringing back loads of pollen...



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Generally these shots would be consigned to the bin but as a sequence they show something.



Some shots from a recent macro safari.
Some of these are not very good but they show a sequence of events I shot without really seeing what was happening. This is on the surface of some water in a hanging basket in my garden {no soil) on a windwy day so getting a shot at all was not easy as these lot would move a couple of cm in a gust.

But what is happening?


No water drop


Sprintail sequence 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Now a water drop



Sprintail sequence 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


With water drop in background


Sprintail sequence 3 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Getting closer



Sprintail sequence 4 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Very close but three is a crowd



Sprintail sequence 5 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Now only two



Sprintail sequence 6 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


and now what



Sprintail sequence 7 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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[IMG]Hover fly brandon 20/6/18 by Walter Warburton, on Flickr[/IMG]mk2 60mm oly lens. bees backside
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Hovering Bee
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Who says tracking does not work......
That's a hover fly IMO a drone fly


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That is a bee for sure look at the antenna


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Hovering something
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Not acrap photo and it is a bee mimic



Looks a bit like this


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Damaid Mite Through Photar 25mm at f16

This is the last of the series from a session looking at arthropods on the underside of pieces of decaying wood on soil or wood chips in March.

These mites are, by far, the largest I have come across, and I have seen dozens of species. They are of about the same size and, to the naked eye, appearance as the smaller liniphiid spiders. They lumber around at a very slow pace, making them easy to frame, but their legs extend a long way sideways and forwards, making fitting them into the DOF almost impossible.

These mites are always dirty and scruffy looking, the border between mite and crud tending to be unclear. I have never seen immature individuals.

The family is Damaeidae and I think this is Metabelba. I have seen them described as moss eaters. I can confirm that this species, in my garden has no moss where it is found. Today I found a research paper confirming them to be fungus eaters,

The FOV in these (uncropped) images is ca 3.7mm. In the second one the brown object is another mite of another family. Both species are in the Oribatida.

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Interesting stuff Harold, and well captured. What goes on below our feet it a hole (Sic) new world....
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Today in the forest, a Papilio butterfly

Papilio in shade and sunlight by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
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