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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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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!
Well I've tried with books and on the ipad and on the desktop and apart from eyes watering and everything going out of focus I fail.

And now apparently I have the start of a cataract in one eye, which is a worry as I do notice a loss of balance between the eyes. So I don't think I'm a likely candidate for natural viewing...

But thanks for the suggestions. I will just enjoy the pictures I can see
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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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 ).

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I appreciate it isn't poop, but I believed frass was also used for the leftovers from wood-borers - which I guess is also not excreted. I simply extended that to apple boring. A step too far

But it is hard to describe the partially chewed pile of apple fruit fibrous mass in one word.

But I shall not be searching google as they already have a huge dossier on me.
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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
All this talk of hornet poop made me go and find my pictures from June, and just a couple which show the less gory latter stages (wings and legs and other unwanted bits chopped and dropped).

The Hornet flew into a bush and hung under a leaf to eat in what it assumed was privacy





I include the first as it was able to hang one legged for quite some time. The second there is more to see but it was at 5000 iso. So a bit of Lightroom lightening and noise removal, but I was pleased.

I wish I could catch the moment of impact as it goes for its prey. It is a very direct attack, but usually very fast (well for me and my lens)
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I do like hornets.They're one of my favourite insects.

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I do like hornets.They're one of my favourite insects.

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Just as well. I shot some more images of the same one today, this time from a better angle. Some should appear tomorrow.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Nice hornet shots Harold and Peter. I do not think I have ever seen a hornet we do not get them this far north.

I would be lucky to see a wasp at the moment with our weather.


Two years ago got these though


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I found this little critter crawling up the back of my neck earlier today.
Red Legged Shield Bug; Pentatoma rufipes

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hornet Feeding on Apple (Manual Focus)

As usual, with the previous post of this scenario, AF lost as many potential images as it gained me usable ones. This was partly due to the focus hunting, but probably also the noise of the motor and the confirmation "beep", startling the hornet.

So, yesterday I used prefocused manual focus, again with available light (mostly with cloud clover). Using gaps I had made by removing a few leaves, I got some better shooting angles. The improvements include showing the scrapings of apple flesh accumulating around the hornet's legs.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/30, 1/40 or 1/50 at f10 or f11, hand-held.

All images have been moderately cropped.

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All this talk of hornet poop made me go and find my pictures from June, and just a couple which show the less gory latter stages (wings and legs and other unwanted bits chopped and dropped).

The Hornet flew into a bush and hung under a leaf to eat in what it assumed was privacy

I include the first as it was able to hang one legged for quite some time. )
The one-legged hanging seems to be part of the repertoire. An image from 2016:



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Nice hornet shots Harold and Peter. I do not think I have ever seen a hornet we do not get them this far north.

I would be lucky to see a wasp at the moment with our weather.
Alf,

Nice interaction shots.

I have been aware of hornets around here for only about 3 years. Part of the general trend?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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As a long time Hornet fan these are all lovely. Not so keen on wasps but they have there moments. I see hornets have reached Yorkshire so the slow warming will eventually bring them to you.

I must look out the images of the Queen that was in our loft space. They are enormous and very beautiful. That was years ago, so no idea where it will be or what Olympus DSLR it was shot with...

Seeing them in the woods is the most interesting for me, unless you get near to the nest when they get a bit more mobile.

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Seeing them in the woods is the most interesting for me, unless you get near to the nest when they get a bit more mobile.

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Peter,

I have yet to see a nest in the UK but I spent some time photographing one in northern Greece. They were in a hollow tree next to some huge wheelie bins. They were not aggressive but eventually got a bit inquisitive about my presence. Stereo hornet wing beats close to my ears is not reassuring!

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Stereo hornet wing beats close to my ears is not reassuring!

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It is strange, we all have our fear/ughhh trigger points. I am fine with picking up spiders and many types of insects. However, with Grasshoppers, crickets and dragonflies I'm not so keen. And in France trying to rearrange a praying mantid for photos brought back all of the feelings I had as an under ten picking up and trying not to accidentally de-leg a stick insect. It is something about the way they grab you and cling on...

But the real killer is the sound of a mosquito buzz in your ear in the dark, in bed.

But Hornet stereos I agree....
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are some recent shots I have processed


A leafhopper nymph


Leaf hopper nymph by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A micro moth Sulphur tubic I think


Sulphur tubic by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A solitary bee male not sure on SP


Solitary bee by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A hover fly ovipositing not the best shot



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A spider on a blade of grass


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From a distance they look like a cross. Zoomed in there is a fair bit of detail/patterning. Not the best photo as its well cropped, as you can see..……...
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