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  • #16
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    Really classy, John ... gotta hand it to you mate.
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    • #17
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      John

      Both I think are female Red-veined Darters [although there may be a very similar species in Egypt (not in my book)] - fairly scarce in UK. Very nice shots with spot-on focus on essential bits, it's almost impossible to get all of a Dragonfly in focus from the side or front.

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      • #18
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        AWESOME shots ! Thanks for sharing and providing so much inspiration

        Last summer I got into damsel and dragon flys ! I have a long way to go [to get near
        the high standards on here] BUT I am happy standing in a friends pond for hours and was
        rewarded with these few - I cant express how chuffed I was that I COULD ACTUALLY SEE
        the Dragonfly [albeit in a humungous CROP] but I had panned and tracked it GOT IT !



        and this one



        THIS sat down on the side of the old boat I was eating my lunch in



        This pair were about to ...



        and I love this, just because the two batches of pollen collected are so clear (little else )



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        • #19
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          Lots of lovely shots! Tracking, focussing and taking Dragonflies in flight is about the most exasperating type of wildlife photography you can do. A clear distant background is essential as is a lot of time and patience. The first I think is a migrant Hawker while the next two are Black-tailed Skimmers. I'll have to look up the bees, there are so many that it is very difficult to ID the less common ones. Soon I will be posting a few "unusual" bees in this thread - when I've had a shot at ID ing them.

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          • #20
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            David, I have just been sitting on the grass down the bottom of our garden (clipping the dogs) and all the "worm casts" are NOT ! bees are coming out of them and flying about "drunken" WE have never seen this before! You seem to have a lot of knowledge, is this common ? are they a special bee ?
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            • #21
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              Well actually I don't have a huge knowledge of these things in real terms but I do know that of the 250 kinds of bees in the UK only 30 are social bees, in other words they live in colonies. The rest are solitary bees which means that the female creates a burrow, either in soil, as in your case, or in soft mortar in stone or brick walls, stock it with nectar and pollen and then lay their eggs leaving the young to fend for themselves. There is another kind of solitary bee called "cleptoparasitic" which doesn't collect food for itself but steals food collected by other bees and lays it's eggs in their burrows. These, for obvious reasons, are sometimes called "cuckoo" bees and a lot of these are very wasp-like for defensive reasons. I don't know what yours are, there is probably more than one species, but there are a lot of different kinds and could be difficult to identify. If you can get a photo you can post it on the Natural History Museum's Bug Forum and some brave soul will attempt to ID.

              Hope this helps

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              • #22
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                They did look Waspy ! I shall pop down and see if another pops out ... Thanks for this David WE learn something every day !
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                • #23
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                  Well here are a few bees, the appearance of some will be quite a surprise to a few who think that all bees are soft and cuddly!

                  First another shot of the scarce melecta albifrons:



                  Next a halictid bee:




                  Now for the surprises, a nomada "cuckoo" bee species:



                  Another nomada:



                  And another:



                  And finally a fly that looks like a bee, the Bee Fly:



                  And a Bee Fly in hover mode (nearly as difficult as getting a Dragonfly in hover mode):



                  So the main message we should take from this is that most wasps are bees, so never kill a wasp, you may not always know if it is a bee!

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                  • #24
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                    David ours was none of the above! More waspy colours and size ! BUT its so interesting to see all of these Bees ! At Marwell Zoo in the car park are two trees of Mining Bees - they dont sting (um! if left alone!)
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                    • #25
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                      They are an interesting lot of bees etc. including the Bee Fly. I have some photos of (one of) our Australian Bee Fly taken with the 70-300 lens on an E520 hovering around & feeding on our Eriostemon flowers.





                      And closely cropped


                      And just to show we also have the standard European honey bee


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                      • #26
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                        These two were caught in the act in Darwin, Northern Territory last year.

                        Any help with identifying the species would be appreciated!



                        From Charles Darwin National Park, Darwin.


                        E3, 50-200mm

                        This one is from Alice Springs, yes, there's something there


                        These are from last year's holiday in Denmark






                        All either taken with the 50-200 or the 12-60mm and the E3.
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                        • #27
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                          Some more great shots Cathrine.

                          When I get time tonight, I'l try & find ID's to those butterflies.

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                          • #28
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                            A couple of my mini beasts


                            Damselfly by Tim J Preston, on Flickr


                            Dragonfly by Tim J Preston, on Flickr
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                            • #29
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                              Wow, Tim, you've done some fast focusing there!
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                              • #30
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                                Originally posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
                                Some more great shots Cathrine.

                                When I get time tonight, I'l try & find ID's to those butterflies.

                                Thanks, Ross! Appreciated! Can you manage this one as well? From the car park at Kata Tjuta

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