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Common enough but nice to see.

There were two Swallowtails flitting about the garden all afternoon.
One was complete, one missing one side of the tail.
This one is complete.
Swallow tail 18 August 2018 by Ken Croft, on Flickr
This one has a damaged tail.
Swallow tail 18 August 2018_2 by Ken Croft, on Flickr
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Larva of White Ermine Moth Spilosoma lubricipeda

I found this in chalk grassland. I have brightened up the images a bit to show details of this dark caterpillar. Thwe orange mid-dorsal line is characteristic for this species, although it can vary from pale yellow to red.

I think the grass is Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus, a common and widespread species.

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

The last image is just after I twisted the stem and part of the seed head split away.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Harold, I am sending off for a modern stereo pair viewer. I have always wanted to see your stereos properly. The grasshoppers made my mind up. I hope to report back a success and then I can go back over your back-catalogue. This viewer will enable me to view from prints or the ipad. We will await delivery!

I have never been able to see them with natural methods so I hope this will work.
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Harold, I am sending off for a modern stereo pair viewer. I have always wanted to see your stereos properly. The grasshoppers made my mind up. I hope to report back a success and then I can go back over your back-catalogue. This viewer will enable me to view from prints or the ipad. We will await delivery!

I have never been able to see them with natural methods so I hope this will work.
Which type is it? Most will just do conventional stereos, not crosseye.

In any case, if you download a free copy of Stereo Photomaker you can open up my images and swap left and right.

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Which type is it? Most will just do conventional stereos, not crosseye.

In any case, if you download a free copy of Stereo Photomaker you can open up my images and swap left and right.

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It will just be normal it is this one...http://shop.londonstereo.com/OWL-B-ENV.html . I haven't submitted the order in case there is a better suggestion.

I watched lots of videos on how to make them and thought it worth doing if I can see yours with the glasses. So swapping them is not a problem but you probably make them your way for a reason...
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you probably make them your way for a reason...
It's the accepted method for viewing digital ones, in particular on the internet. The reason for that is it is much more difficult to see conventional ones. Anyone who regularly views crosseye ones will see conventional ones inverted.

I can't make any recommendations from personal experience as I don't have the need.

Somewhere on here there is a post about some cross-eye viewing binoculars but I can't find it anywhere. I think it was last year.

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Green Female Meadow Grasshopper

I found this female in chalk grassland. I rather like its taste in colour backgrounds.

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The stereo is crosseye.

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The "Small Heath" looks like a Gatekeeper and the unidentified looks like a very worn Brown Argus.
Today I went to where I saw some Small Heaths on Saturday and got some shots which I will post here sometime soon. They are not much larger that Blues.

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Hornet Apple Muncher

This hornet seems to have excavated all of this (average size) apple by several daily visits over a number of days. It was not until I processed the images that I saw the pile of chippings on the leaf.

This apple was in amongst the branches, severely limiting my angle of view. The pale green blur is a leaf which I could not totally avoid. Some of the images have been cropped.

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The last image was an attempt (partly successful) to show the mouthparts.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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A wonderful opportunity, well taken. Especially like number two. Love the pile of frass.

I always stop for hornets and try to catch them in flight as they attack other insects. I spent a happy half an hour recently with one under a leaf eating the insect it had just caught. that may not be a shot for everyone

BTW I cancelled my order for the stereo viewer as it wouldn't work with cross-eyed on the ipad and editing them all seemed a step too far.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Harold, I am sending off for a modern stereo pair viewer. I have always wanted to see your stereos properly. The grasshoppers made my mind up. I hope to report back a success and then I can go back over your back-catalogue. This viewer will enable me to view from prints or the ipad. We will await delivery!

I have never been able to see them with natural methods so I hope this will work.
It took me a while to get the cross eye technique... it does seem to be very sensitive to changes in the viewing distance for me... I usually use my laptop and have the screen nearly arms length away, this seems to work without any effort or eye strain, closer gives me a headache!

When explaining the technique to my wife I told her to cross her eyes until she saw a third image between the two originals then concentrate on that image - seemed to work for her!

Good luck!

Having said that my daughter simply can't get them at all!
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Harold

A wonderful opportunity, well taken. Especially like number two. Love the pile of frass.

I always stop for hornets and try to catch them in flight as they attack other insects. I spent a happy half an hour recently with one under a leaf eating the insect it had just caught. that may not be a shot for everyone

BTW I cancelled my order for the stereo viewer as it wouldn't work with cross-eyed on the ipad and editing them all seemed a step too far.
Thanks, Peter,

That's apple peel chips, not frass, analogous to wood shavings. (Hymenoptera produce liquid faeces, so far as I have observed, so don't need fibre ).

The hornet was there again this morning and I have removed a few leaves (not my normal practice) to give a couple more angles. I have just come in for coffee as the hornet is elsewhere, probably catching insects.

I sometimes do anaglyphs, which work with a pair of red/cyan specs but that system trashes the reds pretty badly.

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It took me a while to get the cross eye technique... it does seem to be very sensitive to changes in the viewing distance for me... I usually use my laptop and have the screen nearly arms length away, this seems to work without any effort or eye strain, closer gives me a headache!

When explaining the technique to my wife I told her to cross her eyes until she saw a third image between the two originals then concentrate on that image - seemed to work for her!

Good luck!

Having said that my daughter simply can't get them at all!
My screen is about arm's length from where I am sitting now. Some pairs require me too lean backwards a bit for best effect. The viewing distance would be constant if I always got the same angle between the two shooting positions but I do it by judgement.

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