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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Late Season Green Shield-bug

I took these with my Olympus 50mm macro, not knowing how long the bug would remain. It was on a very pale yellow Gladiolus flower. I subsequently realised that the bug was not inclined to move from the flower or its stems and took the Laowa shots I posted yesterday.

The first image has not been cropped, the others have and show a sequence when the bug opened its wings and folder them away again.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The remains of a parasitised aphid


Used aphid by Alf Branch, on Flickr


What I think was a soldier fly with a fungal infection



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The remains of a parasitised aphid
The parasite is Praon. The cocoon is unusually dark.

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The parasite is Praon. The cocoon is unusually dark.

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Thanks for the info Harold. I am not sure how long it had been empty but I have dark examples in some images.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Red-Legged or Forest Shield-bug Pentatoma rufipes

You need your imagination to see any red in the legs but that is its name. this was in our garden. I think it was on a plant close to a fence. Anyway, I couldn't get in position for a head-on shot. I was disappointed but have come to appreciate the image with the bug looking away.

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Each image has been cropped by ca 50%.

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Sun Fly
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Another Sun Fly, pretty little burgers.....
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bedroom interloper...

It wasn't very happy being trapped indoors so I snapped off a couple of quick shots then let it fly out of the window...

I think it's the same one Harold photographed a few days ago - it's done well to get this far!









It angled itself towards the window to get a bit of solar power to fly off with!



ps I know its a different sort of shield bug to the one Harold photographed!
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I think it's the same one Harold photographed a few days ago - it's done well to get this far!
It would have done very well, seeing as mine was dead!

Yes, it's the Pine Seed Feather-foot Leptoglossus occidentalis Western Conifer Seed Bug. Pick your preferred name.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Black Opilione Nemastoma bimaculatum

Over several summers, I have been trying to get good images of this Harvestman species. It lurks under lumps of rotten wood on the ground, where it is quite easy to find. Usually, as soon as it is exposed to daylight, it dives into the nearest dark crevice. This time, it moved around a bit but permitted some shots. I had to accept the strip of dead plant material in some shots but it does not obscure the most important details when the stereo is viewed.

The FOV is ca 7mm wide.

The insect is very black to the naked eye. I have tried to represent this without making the images too dark to show detail.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at x2.5 and f11*, triple* TTL flash hand-held.

* It is some time since I took these and cannot recall the aperture or whether I had to use only two guns.

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Dock Bug Nymph & Group of Adults

Dock bugs are usually to be found on most summer days on our rhubarb leaves. This year, they have been less abundant and not so easy to find so I was surprised to see this congregation. The nymphs always look very robustly armoured.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11, hand-held.

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