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Old 28th June 2016
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescens

I was in my garden, among our fruit bushes when I saw a very striking-looking insect on a currant leaf. My view of it was from its rear and and at some distance. My impression was of a huge, predatory bug. On getting closer, I saw that it was a longhorn beetle. It looked sort of familiar but it might well be a new one to me.

Anyway, I got some shots. It was very three-dimensional, requiring all the DOF I could muster. In due course, most of them required a little more processing than usual.

I tried detaching the leaf so that I could manipulate it to get a head-on shot but misjudged the COG and it toppled before I could get a good one.

On checking, I found that it was the same species as I found in 2012, on a thistle (larval food) in a riverside meadow. An image of that one is posted last. It was shot on EP-2 and probably the Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit 60mm macro.

EM-1, Kiron 105, f16, twin TTL flash, hand-held.


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