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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Tachinid Nowickia ferox

This species is supposed to inhabit woodlands and heathlands, not my conservatory. Anyway, it was on the brick wall. (So no low-angle shots). This is found mostly in southern England but not the southwest.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Mirid Bug Heterotoma planicornis.

This is another of the bugs which hide when they detect your presence. However, they quickly reappear or can be seen on the underside of a leaf. The images here show one on the upper side of a leaf and in it cave-like retreat between the upper surface of one leaf and the lower surface of one close above. I have also tried to show a representative selection of the semaphore-like positioning of its antennae.

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/hetero...anicornis.html

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Most of these have been significantly cropped.

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I would like to have had a better image of the next image but I never got that shot again.



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

The Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

There was very little insect life to be found in my garden after the overnight rain. As I walked past some potato plants, I noticed a smallish, pale bug partly hiding under the edge of an overlapping leaf.

I fetched my camera and started shooting with flash. To my surprise, the bug scarcely moved. My card was full so I took it to my PC and tranferred the images. After a brief look through them, I decided that some daylight shots might be useful to define the colour of the bug.

The bug then became a little more active. It seemed to want to be elsewhere than the leaf it was on but, after climbing around a bit, always returned there.

Getting the daylight shots was not so easy. It was bright overcast and I opened up the aperture from f16 to f11 for a faster shutter speed. I find the IS to be very inconsistent. In a series of attempts at a given shot, each with the camera held equally firmly, the images vary from sharp to so blurred as to be almost unrecognisable. I got enough daylight exposures to have two acceptable ones (uploaded in a “reply”).

Studying the images and those on a website, I identified the bug as the Parent Bug, so-called because it broods its eggs and then the newly-hatched nymphs. Neither were to be seen and I don’t even know which sex the bug was. This is another “first” for Shield-bugs in my garden.

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/hetero...ha_grisea.html

EM-1, Kiron 105, f16 or f11, twin TTL flash, camera in manual mode or in aperture priority mode for daylight, hand-held, with some support from a pole for the daylight ones.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Yellow Dung Fly Scathopaga stercoraria.

This is a common species but I only see it occasionally in our garden.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Yellow & Black Cranefly Nephrotoma brevipalpis.

I see the occasional individual of this genus in my garden. This is a different species from the one posted previously.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1376334/

The difference is the width of the dark stripe along the top of the abdomen. In the first species it is narrow, in this one extending to the sides. (I had mis-named the first one, now corrected).

There was very little insect life about, in spite of fine weather. I had almost given up when I saw this one on a leaf of a shrub. I was not optimistic of getting any images, as the one a saw a few days previously had flown off as I moved towards it. This time, I was luckier. There was a lot of gusty breeze, moving the foliage. Even when I tried, unsuccessfully to get a head-on view, moving the twig the cranefly was on, it remained still.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Nice stuff Harold especially the wood wasp and that parasitic wasp.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are some from me

A couple fo wasp shots as they fed on Hogweed shot with the E-M1 and sigma 105 and single nissin d1466 flash and homemade diffuser

wasp feeding on hogweed by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Wasp on hogweed by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Here is a mite eating a barkfly nymph. E-M5II with the 60mm f2.8 and an Fl-M3 flash and diffusion a very small set up while visiting Durham.

Mite eating a barkfly by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Nice stuff Harold especially the wood wasp and that parasitic wasp.
Thanks, Alf.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Deraeocoris ruber Adult.

I recently posted some images of the nymphs of this mirid bug. I see the adults in our garden every summer. This is the colour form I see but it comes in various colour forms, including black with red blotches, instead of the dull orange ones shown here. It is 6-8mm long and is around from July until September.

A mirid bug looking like this, but with banded patterns on the legs, will be D. flavilineata.

These adults are not quite as evasive of my lens as are their nymphs but they quite readily fly. This one was only visible by looking at it on leaves some way down amongst the foliage. The upper leaves seem to have blocked some of the flash illumination in one or more images.

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Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellarum

This is a non-resident species, migrating from the continent to UK anytime from April to December but mostly from August. It is more likely to fly in the early evenings, rather than after dark, than most other UK Hawk-moths.

I had seen one flying, very briefly, inside our conservatory before it flew out of the open doorway. The next day (6 July) I found this one resting inside, on the white netting we use to diffuse the sunlight in the conservatory. I took some shots, Then I took it outside, in the hope of photographing it on a better background. That never really happened, its landing places including the rear bumper of my car, but mostly on the pale pink paint of the rendered wall of our house. It settled in three different places on the wall, including two high up. With it in that high position, I had to lean back (not recommended) from the top of a ladder to frame it. The moth remained there into well into the next morning.

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Gasterupteron jaculator

This wasp is in the family Gasteruptiidae, next to Ichneumonidae. Their larvae feed on the stores provided in the nests of solitary bees, and are, thus, cleptoparasites (shoplifters!). This species is restricted to England in the UK.The smaller species G. assectator is found throughout the British Isles.

There was a lot of feeding activity at the beginning of August. I usually see these wasps on Goldenrod flowers but those are late this year, just opening now. These were on my favorite (for finding insects) white umbellifer, giving us the high contrast of a dark brown to black wasp on white flowers.

I though I had a surplus of shots of males but the best images are 50/50 male/female. They were all shot with the same lens but at various magnifications. None has been cropped to an unusual degree. I present the ladies first, followed by the males. This species holds it abdomen at various angles in relation to the thorax and head, presenting problems of the plane of focus. The extremely long ovipositor of the female makes this even more difficult.

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Stunning, I've only ever seen the male ones never the female...
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Maybe you are seeing females of the other species?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I'm back from France and need to catch up with everything that has been posted whilst I was away. I also have 2000 pictures of my own to post from - including many very unusual and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies.

But instead of starting with France, I went out today to photograph Chalk Hill Blues this morning. It is an exceptional year with hundreds at the site (which is at Ivinghoe). I have included a male and a female. The male was sitting on a Carline Thistle which made it more interesting. The flora at the site was wonderful and has been improved by sheep grazing - which has also benefitted the blues.


Chalk Hill Blue - Polyommatus coridon on Carline Thistle - Carlina vulgaris
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