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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Volucella bombylans var. bombylans the Bumble Bee Mimic

Yesterday my wife drew my attention to a very shiny, mostly black "bumble bee" on a flower. It had reddish hairs on its rear end but a close look found the antennae to be short and fine.

This was clearly a hoverfly of the genus Volucella, with the typical face and the comb-like antennae. As it was spending a long time on one or two flowers, and tolerated my close approach, I was able to frame it for several shots but the gusting wind, moving the flowers on their slender stems, limited the usable images. It moved to a more sheltered leaf where I got more shots but not at the angles I would have preferred. Some of these images needed a bit more processing than normal.

I thought the fly had returned to the original flower but it was the bumble bee look-alike (a male Bombus lapidarius). It moved onto bramble flowers, where it seemed to like facing away from me but I got one reasonable shot (last image). The orange fur on the front of the thorax makes it a male.

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“The female lays its eggs in the nests of bumblebees and wasps where the larvae feed on debris and occasionally the bee larvae”.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I thought it was new to me.

On checking, I find that I have images of the other form var. plumata. I saw it two years ago, almost to the day

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Shucks, I thought I had it nailed...………...Never mind the buzz...…..
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Solitary Bee

It seemed that the blustery wind was enough to keep this individual on a leaf for at least several minutes. I took lots of shots but, due to frequent subject movement, only this image is reasonably good. This was on 11 May.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The moment of injection, didn't quite nail the focus though. Next time!

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Baby Bush Cricket Meets Baby Conehead

I had been trying to catch up with an elusive wasp when I saw a tiny brown Bush Cricket nymph (about the size of my smallest fingernail). I found this to be elusive to but it finally reached a place where it tolerated my presence. It was on the leaf of some coarse, self-sown wild grass. There were many tiers of overlapping, almost horizontal, tips of leaves, which tended to block my line of sight. However, these provided me with a rare image opportunity.

When I had taken a few shots, the nymph moved slowly on, along a leaf. When it stopped I started framing it and noticed what I thought was a tiny bug (Hemiptera) with exceptionally long antennae. I took some shots of the “bug” and some with it in the frame with the hopper. I have seen parasitic wasps hunting their host insects on foliage and the movement here looked like that. I took pictures with the suspected wasp in them only to take a look later to identify it.

Only when I took close-ups of the “bug” did I see its orthopteran morphology.

The characteristic shape and two-tone colouring led me to the Conehead pages of my insect guide book. I had seen adults of the Short-winged Conehead for the first time, about 100 feet away from where I found the nymph, in August last year. It is good to know that they are breeding and becoming established.

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1557705/0

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/to...0200/#14582511

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The stereos are crosseye.

The first image is a bit soft but the stereo is OK.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Damselflies Mating

We always get Damselflies in our garden during the warmer months. A decade ago it would be up to many hundreds on many days. In recent years it has been just a few. These were in the wilder part of our garden.

The stereo (perhaps an easier one to make work than most) is crosseye.

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Male Large Skipper Head-On

Each summer we get one of these males sitting on foliage on several days. We never see a female or even a second male.

The stereos are crosseye.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The First of Many: Cinnabar

The moths have been around for weeks. They wait until the flower buds are fully formed, but not open, then they lay their eggs (at the bases of?) on the flowers. I have never found the eggs.

We have watched as the tiny, black (to the naked eye) first instar larvae appear on one plant after another (4 so far). on consecutive days. As the larvae develop we have to shepherd them, moving them from plants stripped of their leaves to fresh ones.

This was a second instar larva, the first instar in which the distinctive colour pattern is clearly visible. Finding it alone, away from the flower buds was a gift for composition.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 at f9, hand-held.

The TC was not necessary but I was diverted form other subjects where it was,

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

been seeing a good number of cinnabar moths this year, will need to visit my own hotspot for the cats.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I also saw my first 2 Painted Ladies of 2019 yesterday. The one in pristine condition flew off and the tatty one stayed behind.


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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The moths have been around for weeks. They wait until the flower buds are fully formed, but not open, then they lay their eggs (at the bases of?) on the flowers. I have never found the eggs.

We have watched as the tiny, black (to the naked eye) first instar larvae appear on one plant after another (4 so far). on consecutive days. As the larvae develop we have to shepherd them, moving them from plants stripped of their leaves to fresh ones.

This was a second instar larva, the first instar in which the distinctive colour pattern is clearly visible. Finding it alone, away from the flower buds was a gift for composition.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 at f9, hand-held.

The TC was not necessary but I was diverted form other subjects where it was,

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What is the plant they like?

I have a "wild flower" area so could introduce/encourages some...
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