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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I struggle with identifying SBs but so many features are different that I am fairly sure that they are different species. Some are territorial about flowers or flower beds.

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I struggle with identifying SBs but so many features are different that I am fairly sure that they are different species. Some are territorial about flowers or flower beds.

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I am not great with ID but not many SBs are around at the moment.
Have a look here

http://www.edphillipswildlife.com/an...lla-one-of-our

http://www.bwars.com/bee/andrenidae/andrena-clarkella

There were no flowers around even the usual Sallix just a tree for them to sun themselves.
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I am not great with ID but not many SBs are around at the moment.
Have a look here

http://www.edphillipswildlife.com/an...lla-one-of-our

http://www.bwars.com/bee/andrenidae/andrena-clarkella

There were no flowers around even the usual Sallix just a tree for them to sun themselves.
Thanks for those, Alf.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bumble Bee by Natural Light

It was the first sunny day for quite some time. The Aubretia were in full flower but there were not many insects flying. I was intending to get some shots of Bee-flies but they were a bit too quick for me.

The light was harsh but I thought I needed some shutter priority practice. There was one bumble bee spending a lot of time on the flowers.

This bee did a lot of moving around below the flowers. I found that I had to use a combination of AF and moving the camera to focus.

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Not sure what ID is, a pretty common little bug/fly....
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Comma Butterfly @f9................

With the Safari lens...............

Early one, photo'd today.............
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Not sure what ID is, a pretty common little bug/fly....
A cranefly, probably Tipula confusa. Did you find in in the autumn?

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A cranefly, probably Tipula confusa. Did you find in in the autumn?

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No it was photo'd today at WWT. Seen them in the garden as well recently...
It seems even the dipterists have difficulty:

http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t3...g-season..html (Page slow to load).

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Thanks Harold, that's the one, and early crane fly...............
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

In Memorium: A Doomed Bumble Bee

It is not unusual to find bumble bees resting, motionless, sometime on plants, sometimes elsewhere. Yesterday I prodded one which was resting on the threshold of our garage door. It flew off, clearly not pleased to be disturbed.

The day before, I found this one resting among Aubretia flowers, a good source of nectar.

The previous day, I had taken some daylight shots of a similar, but very active, bee. With stereo pairs in mind, I though flash was essential, not least for adequate DOF.

Unfortunately, yesterday I found the bee dead where I had photographed it.

The stereo is crosseye.

Ideally, the lighting should be from the same position for each frame of a stereo pair, to avoid conflicting reflections, but this was not practical.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Yellow Pansy I took this one a few days ago as it was flitting around the garden in Nairobi. Suggestions welcomed

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Yellow Pansy I took this one a few days ago as it was flitting around the garden in Nairobi. Suggestions welcomed
Phil, love to see some more of your butterflies . Depends what sort of suggestions you would like. If you are having trouble with them because of the heat then the best suggestions will be to look early and later in the day. They may well be roosting on grasses or stems or under leaves, then they will bask in the early sun to get up to temperature. After that they might get very flighty.....During the heat of the day, on jungle tracks, look for mud puddles as they will come down to take on liquid and chemicals from soil to enable them to mate and reproduce. Some puddles will be very much more popular than others. Look for a lot of activity and stay a while...

I am not at all jealous that you have over 500 species of butterfly in kenya good luck to you. And there is a butterfly centre in Nairobi (or was) which will give you some easy practice.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Just one of our UK butterflies. I'm just excited that the sun has found its hat and is threatening to wear it today.... So hoping for Orange Tips and Speckled Woods on top of the over wintering tough guys.

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