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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I particularly like the last one, Harold.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I particularly like the last one, Harold.

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Thanks, Jim.

Surprisingly, it did not do what an SBC normally does, which is to disappear around the back of the leaf when I start pointing my camera their way.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

This was taken in the UK. It is the result of 9 fames manually stacked in photoshop. I usually find that with a coupling it is even harder to keep everything in the plane of focus on the 60mm macro. So this result was considerably better than the non-stacked versions.


Marbled Whites mating - Melanargia galathea
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hoverfly Emerging from Pupa

This is the second time this week that I was using this lens and didn’t know fully what I was capturing. (See “Wedding Feast” for the previous one).

I was finding subject to photograph at “2:1” (4:1 with crop factor). There was a gusting breeze and it was getting stronger. Then I saw a rather slender fly, probably a hoverfly, on a Blueberry leaf. It was perched on a vertical leaf, facing the inside of the bush. It was very fiddly trying to get light on it and I have to bend some of the adjacent twigs. I couldn’t understand why all this commotion has not caused the fly to leave in haste. Eventually, it started walking around but I still did not see the true situation.

On working through the images, I could see that the fly was halfway out of its pupal case. I had never observed this before so photographing it was very special. As a bonus, the pupal remains were a golden colour which shone at some angles of lighting.

All of the images have been cropped except the fourth one, which I have left to show the framing.

Olympus EM-1, Oshiro 60mm 2:1 macro at f16, twin TTL flash, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Wasp parasitoided aphid(s). (if you can say that!).

Wriggling.



Going.



Gone.


I haven't yet got Harold's stamina to wait out the full story.
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Fly fishing?

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Wasp parasitoided aphid(s). (if you can say that!).
You can say it in a Brooklyn accent!

Aphidius wasps.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

How to attract stag beetle and other insects.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12132360

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Vapourer Moth Caterpillar with Stereos

I just happened to be walking past a Lesser Burdock* plant in my garden, carrying a scaffolding plank, as you do! I happened to notice a tiny patch of bright colours on a leaf. I grabbed my camera, with main flash on the L-bracket and a second one to hold in my hand, as is my usual practice.

* Corrected, now that the plant has produced flower buds.

This was another chance to test the Oshiro 2:1 macro lens. Using up to “2:1” (4:1 with crop factor), I got quite a few shots and the larva even kept still for some stereos.

Towards the end of the session, I noticed a lack of illumination from the second unit flash. It seemed that the batteries were flat. Only when I came to change them did I find that there were no batteries loaded. On the previous day, I had put them to charge and reload afterwards. So, I did involuntary single-flash shooting. In spite of that, I am pleased with the images.

The fringes on the setae tend to make processing look excessive, so additional care is needed.

Olympus EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 60mm macro, at f16, TTL flash, hand-held.

The stereos are crosseye.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Mitey Big Meal

I found this Harlequin Ladybird on the black lid of a compost bin in sunlight. It didn't move in response to my presence. Some threads of possible fungus suggested that it was dead. The presence of a probably phoretic mite* was now of one seeking a meal. More likely the fungus than the beetle.

* Probably one of the Uropodina. The immature forms are phoretic.


Just to confuse me, there was an identical beetle moving around.

The crosseye stereo is not the best but is works.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Excellent couple of posts Harold, the Oshiro is just a dream of a lens thanks for putting me on to it.
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Thanks. I was put on to it by a very skilled macro shooter.

It doesn't just do macro. My niece plonked herself in my path as i was about to put the camera away. So this was just a snapshot.



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Another 4-Spot Ladybird Larva

I posted some images of such a larva a while ago. These are better, although this subject is lacking colour interest.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A Tachinid,Gymnosoma species Female

I thought this was a very small Norwickia ferox as I was photographing it. Yes, it was a tachinid but another genus. It was the same type of abdominal pattern as Gymnosoma rotundatum but the dark markings were larger and the species does not occur around here. The closest I could find in an image search was G. nudifrons[/] or [i[C. costatum.

This genus lacks the long, stout, erect abdominal hairs which are typical of tachinids. There is also yellowish colouring on the bases of their wings. Males have much smaller black patches on the abdomen.

It is said to be characteristic that they are very active. This one certainly was but only on one umbellifer (Wild Carrot) inflorescence, not much more than 2 inches/50mm across (individual flowers ca 2mm). It, to my enormous surprise, was there for about 20 minutes, constantly walking fast and turning frequently.

I had a problem with settings in Aperture Priority mode and shot the whole session in manual mode. There was occasional movement of the plant by a gentle breeze.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

At Last, a Meadow Brown

A few years ago, my recall of butterflies from my collection days in my teens let me down a couple of times. To me, a pair of brown butterflies in our garden were Meadow Browns. They were not and I had to edit the name of my posted images to Ringlet.

I got caught again, when I identified the Small Meadow Brown or Gatekeeper as a Meadow Brown.

So, the pair of brown butterflies which set up home in our garden each summer are Ringlets and the occasional visitor with the paler marking is a Gatekeeper. Sorted!

Or so I thought. This month we seemed to have two pairs of Ringlets in the garden for the first time. Only yesterday, when I could see two individuals feeding on this large daisies, did I see that they were Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina. The very broad pale band on the underside of the hide wing confirmed it.

I took some daylight shots but found that the IS and my hands could not get good portraits so I used twin TTL flash for them.

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