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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Scarlet Tiger Moth Callimorpha dominula Larva

I found this caterpillar on a brick wall, to be precise, the wall of the porch of a brick-built terraced house. This particular house was in a street where front gardens are tiny and mostly devoid of plants. So I don’t know where it came from but suspected that it was on pre-hibernation ramblings. This is one of the species which overwinter as small larvae.

A quick look at the larva told me that it was an unfamiliar species with very distinctive markings. When I got it back to my home I took a close look with a hand lens. By consulting my reference book on caterpillars, I was able to be sure that it was the Scarlet Tiger moth. My previous encounter, in July, was with the adult moth, in my own back garden:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1373444/

I doubted that the larva would want to feed but put it on a leaf of one of its food plants, bramble, as a preferred background. It remained fairly static on that, until I started photographing it, when it mostly kept walking around, clearly wanting to get off the leaf. I took a series of shots with triple flash. I started with my Kiron 105mm, at maximum magnification, giving a field of view of 17.5mm, indicating the length of the caterpillar to be about 12mm. Some of those were shot as stereo pair and are presented as cross-eye stereograms.

Then I moved to higher magnification, FOV 6mm wide, with reversed Schneider HM 40 on a Kiron x1.5 TC. Tracking the head of the larva and capturing focused images was very difficult but I have a few to post here.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hoverflies Through Oly 50mm f2 With AF

These are from the same session as the bumble Bees, where I used AF and sunlight exposure rather than MF and flash.

All were at ISO 400, the first two at f11, the third (& crop) and last at f14, and 1/200, 1/160, 1/200 and 1/80 second.

The fourth is a crop of the third and the fifth a ca 70% crop.

The last two were lit from behind, f14 1/400 & f11 1/250. I toned the highlights down considerably but the second one is still harsh.

EM-1,(aperture priority, IS 5 way), MMF-2 adapter, Olympus Digital 50mm 1:2 Macro ED, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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You are firmly in my comfort zones now. Close up available light and autofocus. And nice pictures too.

I am sure you could dwell on the lack of control and other issues, but it does allow more time for other things. So for me perhaps more attention to subject and composition (where it is possible). How do you find it?

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You are firmly in my comfort zones now. Close up available light and autofocus. And nice pictures too.

I am sure you could dwell on the lack of control and other issues, but it does allow more time for other things. So for me perhaps more attention to subject and composition (where it is possible). How do you find it?

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I'm off on a mushroom foray this afternoon. I have sorted the DOF preview function for AF and Manual modes.

I have the 4/3 x1.4 TC with me but suspect that I won't use it.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Garden Spider Araneus diadematus Female

It is some time since I photographed a spider or posted an image. These Orb Weavers block every route close to vegetation in my garden at this time of the year.

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Harlequin & Autumn Colours

We were on a mushroom foray in the grounds of the local university. It was a sunny day and this shrub had its autumn colours well-developed. I had the ISO set for darker corners under trees but grabbed this shot. (There were other individuals around and quite a few pupae).

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Hi Harold,

Don't see many of those and the colour is lovely.

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Don't see many of those and the colour is lovely.

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Thanks, Peter.

It seemed to me that colours can look very good against a black background so black against coloured background should also work.

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Volucella Up Close

I found these two images in a folder of unprocessed shots from April. They are not quite as I would like them but I think they have some merit. I assume that I used the Kiron 105 at maximum magnification.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread


Late Red Admiral
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A last flutter for the year? Certainly with the low number of available nectar sources and the sharp frosts of the past week this was a nice surprise on this sunny morning. The white Buddleia is not usually popular but this late Red Admiral has been visiting it but not getting much satisfaction. I was out photographing grapes and also a muntjac deer when this caught my eye.
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Not what I expected to see

No technical merit or anything out of the ordinary, other than this was taken on November 13th. Not what I was looking for, or was set up for. Anybody else got late examples ? There was frost on some vegetation near to this location.

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Re: Not what I expected to see

[QUOTE=Ronel100;398370]No technical merit or anything out of the ordinary, other than this was taken on November 13th. Not what I was looking for, or was set up for. Anybody else got late examples ? There was frost on some vegetation near to this location.

The low sun at this time of the year gives longer shadows.

A male Common Darter, I believe.

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No technical merit or anything out of the ordinary, other than this was taken on November 13th. Not what I was looking for, or was set up for. Anybody else got late examples ? There was frost on some vegetation near to this location.

If you check with sitings on the BDS website ( http://www.british-dragonflies.org.u...test-sightings ) then you will see people are still reporting a few late darters and a few other species. It has been frosty here and I haven't been out for a week so I haven't seen anything in November. But I will have a look later in the week.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some shots from back in May that have been sat on my harddrive since

Bug on a leaf 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Bug on a leaf1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Bug on a stalk by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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Weevil in clover by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Nice shots. The bugs are proabably mirids. The spider is Tetragnatha extensa

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