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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Scarlet Tiger Larva Under Plank in Mid March

I had spotted a slime mould under this rotting plank on the soil. Returning a couple of days later, the SM was gone but this larva had moved in. We get the adult moths in our garden in summer.

The FOV was 35mm wide, cropped in the second image.

The white material is fungus, typical of such habitats. By the following day the caterpillar had gone.

The stereo is crosseye,

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/125 at f8, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Harold,

Good to see the increasing insect activity. And Scarlet Tigers are lovely moths.

Is it a focus stack? I say that because of the patches of sharp and unsharp on the bark areas. My in camera focus stacking does that and I haven't found a way around it other than with a lot of manual tweaking.

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Harold,

Good to see the increasing insect activity. And Scarlet Tigers are lovely moths.

Is it a focus stack? I say that because of the patches of sharp and unsharp on the bark areas. My in camera focus stacking does that and I haven't found a way around it other than with a lot of manual tweaking.

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Thanks, Peter.

Yes, the moths tend to sit around on the lawn grass.

Those are single frames.

As for insect activity, apart from a bumble bee or two, there is a dearth of pollinators, with the plums and gages about to blossom.

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Neanura muscorum & Friends

The grey/bluish individual is Neanura. The other two are Monobella grassei. Both are in the family Neanuridae, together with other genera, all of which have piercing and sucking mouthparts. Other Collembola, in other families have biting and chewing mouthparts.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Leitz Wetzlar Photar 25mm f2.5 macro at f16,single TTL flash, hand-held with support.

The stereo is crosseye and is slightly exaggerated.

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African Migrant Butterfly seen on the Poinsettia in the garden. The male is green and the female is yellow.

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Lovely butterfly Phillip. My first thought was how similar to our Clouded Yellow it is. They are both in the Pieridae family (mainly whites and yellows). Other pictures show more of the wing details and it is very beautiful with the female being deeper in colour. So I look forward to seeing more shots of this one. Did the dung heap bring it round?
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Lovely butterfly Phillip. My first thought was how similar to our Clouded Yellow it is. They are both in the Pieridae family (mainly whites and yellows). Other pictures show more of the wing details and it is very beautiful with the female being deeper in colour. So I look forward to seeing more shots of this one. Did the dung heap bring it round?
Thank you Peter. In the sunlight and to the naked eye, part of the wings looked a tad golden brown. In post edit, I could have brushed this in, but concluded it would have looked made up, so I left it. The male in green is also around, but as you know these butterflies are fast movers. The cow man delivered 2 barrow loads of dung yesterday and the dung was not far away from the Pointsettia. I threw a bucket of water over the dung to make it more appealing We just had a mini earthquake tremor, 4.8 and 9.5 km deep, which lasted for about 30 seconds. No significant damage.
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Thank you Peter. In the sunlight and to the naked eye, part of the wings looked a tad golden brown. In post edit, I could have brushed this in, but concluded it would have looked made up, so I left it. The male in green is also around, but as you know these butterflies are fast movers. The cow man delivered 2 barrow loads of dung yesterday and the dung was not far away from the Pointsettia. I threw a bucket of water over the dung to make it more appealing We just had a mini earthquake tremor, 4.8 and 9.5 km deep, which lasted for about 30 seconds. No significant damage.
From what I read (as I don't know the butterfly) the female is the deeper colour and tan is how I'd describe the pictures I have found. Apparently colours are browner in the dry season. But once you've sorted out stalking we'll be able to see that. As long as the earthquakes allow....
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From what I read (as I don't know the butterfly) the female is the deeper colour and tan is how I'd describe the pictures I have found. Apparently colours are browner in the dry season. But once you've sorted out stalking we'll be able to see that. As long as the earthquakes allow....
Thank you Peter. Here is a book I have on Kindle. Dino Martins, one of the authors is well known to the insect world in Kenya. His book is fascinating reading.
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Underwater Doo doos


Bit like wood lice, but underwater ones...……….

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That’s something Mark, one does not see every day, thank you for sharing
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Peter, I am out of action. Admitted into hospital last night with Sinusitis and shingles around the eye. Had a CT scan. The docs say I have markers for a clot on the brain. Having MRI shortly with contrast, hopefully to exclude this. Photography is having to take a back seat.
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Phil, that sounds awful. Each bad on their own, can't imagine how you feel with all of them at once. So best wishes for a speedy return to wellness and home. Peter
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