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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Thank you Harold, If I set the EV to low, would that work? I guess I will have to try. We are at 6,000 feet and the light is bright. I will have to compensate.
It looks to me like you used centre-weighted metering The camera would have tried to compensate for the dark central area on the butterfly. It is more of a matter of awareness of where you are metering.

If you meter by holding the shutter release button half way down you could have metered of one of the green leaves, held the button down, reframed and pressed all the way.

I was meaning that you could adjust in Photoshop (etc.) . I have just done a version:



Your version:



Somewhere in between might show the hairs on the body better.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A good day, Orange Tips are starting to appear in numbers and with a bit of patience one or two eventually stop and nectar on the foodplant, in this case Cuckoo flower.



I was also able to get some nice sunny shots of Bee flys which also seemed to like the Cuckoo flower.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Beleonis creona African White with white veins. Taken today and reduced EV by 0.3 but it was not enough, so I had to reduce exposure in post edit, slightly cropped.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some recent shots

I am informed this is Figitidae < Eucoilinae but it is in a sorry state due to the strong wind of the day

Wasp by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A Campopleginae male I am told
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My first jumper opf the year a Salticus Scenicus on the fence not the house wall for a change

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A Common wasp Vespula Vulgaris shot on the laurel hedge in the garden I saw it visit one of the none flowering nectaries shortly after this rest

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Figitidae.

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I have now put it as stated Figitidae < Eucoilinae
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

lovely shots Alf. Especially the wasp which is a very strong image design as well as the levels of detail, which are stunning
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Like the wasp Alf. Such pretty little fellows from the front....
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Female Comma Butterfly on Yellow Flower

Clash of colours? This is natures way!

Commas are to be found in our garden on most warm days from spring through summer and are the dominant species. (They chase other away).

Olympus EM-1, Olympus 4/3 x2TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/400 at f11, sunlight.

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Beautiful, (...surely yellow and orange tone together well.. ) Lovely shots Harold

It is wonderful to be seeing so much life in just a few days of sunshine.

I'm seeing Holly Blues already and folks are posting Green Hairstreaks and early Skippers on UK Butterfly.

I was out on Friday watching smooth newts breeding and laying eggs. But there isn't a communal thread suitable...!
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Beautiful, (...surely yellow and orange tone together well.. ) Lovely shots Harold

It is wonderful to be seeing so much life in just a few days of sunshine.

I'm seeing Holly Blues already and folks are posting Green Hairstreaks and early Skippers on UK Butterfly.

I was out on Friday watching smooth newts breeding and laying eggs. But there isn't a communal thread suitable...!
Thanks, Peter.

While butterflies and bumble bes (and some bee-flies) are around in numbers, there is a severe lack of pollinators for all the fruit tree blossom. The notable absences are the hoverflies and other large Diptera and solitary bees.

The lack of insects will hit the insectivorous birds. I am putting insect-rich suet and moistened (supplied dried) mealworms out in the morning.

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Thanks, Peter.

While butterflies and bumble bes (and some bee-flies) are around in numbers, there is a severe lack of pollinators for all the fruit tree blossom. The notable absences are the hoverflies and other large Diptera and solitary bees.

The lack of insects will hit the insectivorous birds. I am putting insect-rich suet and moistened (supplied dried) mealworms out in the morning.

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Now you mention it I haven't seen the diversity yet either. Over the last couple of days I have started to see more flies but I am not yet walking into swarms of hawthorn flies, maybe it is a bit early.

But the data from Europe has shown massive declines in insects (by weight/volume) generally so maybe some have reached critical (not sure if this will link http://www.sciencemag.org/sites/defa...?itok=mCoRqutS)

It is hard to see what you have stopped seeing. Let us hope it is a minor blip rather than a major one.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Indian Common Clubtail - Ictinogomphus rapax



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While butterflies and bumble bes (and some bee-flies) are around in numbers, there is a severe lack of pollinators for all the fruit tree blossom. The notable absences are the hoverflies and other large Diptera and solitary bees.

The lack of insects will hit the insectivorous birds. I am putting insect-rich suet and moistened (supplied dried) mealworms out in the morning.

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I would like to say a few words of thanks Harold for your advice about metering in the use of the shutter button to half way. I will look out for it next time. Thank you very much, appreciated.
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Like the wasp Alf. Such pretty little fellows from the front....
Thanks Peter and Mark I presume you mean the Common wasp Vespula Vulgaris as the first 2 are also wasps.
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