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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Scarlet Tiger on Canna Leaf

At the end of June I had briefly seen what looked like an escaped tropical butterfly in my garden. I did not catch up with it but realised what it was. Three weeks ago I saw the same splash of colour on a leaf of a potted Canna in broken shade on a sunny day.

The position of the moth meant that I had to shoot between the foliage of crowded Canna plants and to wait for the breeze to move overshadowing leaves. Fortunately, the moth stayed still while I got my shots. The moment I tried to improve the situation by moving some plants, the moth flew away.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Around the garden


Here is a sawfly from the gooseberry bush


Sawfly by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A ladybirda larva on a laurel leaf


Time for a change by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Barkflies in the house wall


Barkflies at home by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A woodlouse on the house wall


Wood louse by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Out in the wilds


A ladybird larva


The aphid hunter by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A spider with her eggs


Spider with her eggs by Alf Branch, on Flickr


mating flies


Flies mating by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A click beetle


Click beetle by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

Ladybird larvae:

The purple on is the 7-spot.

The pale one is an excellent find, the Orange Ladybird Halyzia 16-guttata.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some of the last shots with my E-M5. I now have an E-M1 mk1 after selling the E-M5. I'm always a generation behind! I'll probably purchase a mk2 in 3-4 years

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Marmalade Fly
by chipbutty, on Flickr


Sarcophaga Carnaria
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Ants farming aphids
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Looking out
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Butterfly
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Is this a blunt tailed snake millipede from a couple of years ago

Millipede by Alf Branch, on Flickr

One from Saturday in the garden

Spotted snake millipede by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The composition of Looking out works really well for me.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Batchelor Hang-out

Yesterday I noticed that a comma butterfly kept flying up in the air and, a few seconds later, landing. It was based on the leaves of a native Hazel tree. I watched its flight upwards and saw that, each time, there was a aerial "dogfight " with a Red Admiral, about 20 feet above my head.

About halfway through this display, a dragonfly landed on the same Hazel tree, close to where the Comma mostly landed. It just sat there and I think it was till there when I moved away. [Edit] Most of the action was from a Hazel tree but this episode was on a spindly growth from a Pussy Willow stump between myself and the Hazel.[edit ends]

The dragonfly was clearly a mature male Darter and subsequent checking confirmed it to be the Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum. This is the same species as the females which emerged from our water tank and may have come from there some days previously.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

You nailed that snake millipede Alf, must be a very young one. Excellent work.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Looking some dead wood i found these

Millipede by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Spider by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Crab Spider Misumena vatia Feeding

I don't often find these spiders staying still for one shot, let alone a set , including a stereo (crosseye) pair.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I have never found one of those spiders yet Harold
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Alf,

That's exactly what another macro specialist said a couple of years ago. He is now, occasionally, finding them in his garden.

They tend to lurk around the back of flowers or between the petals, or go there when you approach. Large cultivated daisies are a good place to look and you may find one in a Hollyhock flower. I recently found a very young one on a Buddleia inflorescence.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hawthorn Shield-bug Nymph Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

As I looked across the breakfast table, I saw that my wife was wearing a brooch, small and green with red patterns. I approached and lifted it off on my finger tip. My wife's pre-breakfast walk in the garden must have involved a brush against some foliage.

I released the bug on some Dahlia leaves, not ideal, as getting unobstructed shots was difficult. In particular, pulling aside the foliage with my right hand, which also held the second flash led to some imbalance in the lighting.

I have seen the occasional adult before but don't recall seeing this late instar nymph.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Adult Female Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

The day following there being a male sitting around, apparently seeking a mate, a female turned up on some Goldenrod flowers..As it was motionless I took some shots. These were a diversion during a session dedicated to a Volucella inanis which was having a prolonged feeding session on the flowers. Rather than fiddle with the lens I used the f11 set also for the dragonfly. I was content to get not much more than the head sharp.

The stereo is crosseye. The images are uncropped.

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