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Old 13th April 2009
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I will call these Things

Though quite possibly they all have names known to the more astute members of the group.

Anyway - trying out the Sigma 150mm coupled with the ec1.4 on any little buzzy things that would remain still long enough.

Interestingly firmware 1.4 seems to have speeded up the accuracy of focus when using the 150 and the ec1.4 together.



The above may be a Dung Fly



And this little fellow blowing green bubbles could be a Green Bottle fly.



There were a lot of these about - apparently intent on dive bombing each other and knocking the opponent off the leaf.





I rather like the last two shots - sort of stalking a Dr Who prey through its native jungle.

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Re: I will call these Things

Not being an astute member I am afraid I cannot comment on their names. However I enjoyed looking at them, the Sigma and EC 1.4 are obviously a formidable combination. The sharpness, detail and vibrancy are impressive.
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Great series Nick.

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Re: I will call these Things

Thanks Barr1e/Shirley

It appears no-one wants to own up to a mis-spent youth pinning insects to sample boards. So I'm left floundering for identities.

It really is a different world living amongst the leaves, I'm pleased with the way the lens pulled this out. Now what I really need is some nice slow sleepy insects to play with.

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It appears no-one wants to own up to a mis-spent youth pinning insects to sample boards. So I'm left floundering for identities.

It really is a different world living amongst the leaves, I'm pleased with the way the lens pulled this out. Now what I really need is some nice slow sleepy insects to play with.

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I think the first one is a sort of fly, and so are all the others..

Hope this helps..

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I think the first one is a sort of fly, and so are all the others..

Hope this helps..

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Pete demonstrating the same precision as his obsolete glass completely clears up all areas of possible confusion

Mind you in that case Things is a far better term.

Though I was hoping for some discrimination between the Flyiness of the various Things, just because it I could positively identify a few, well, that would only leave a few hundred more to learn.

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Pete demonstrating the same precision as his obsolete glass completely clears up all areas of possible confusion

Mind you in that case Things is a far better term.

Though I was hoping for some discrimination between the Flyiness of the various Things, just because it I could positively identify a few, well, that would only leave a few hundred more to learn.

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A few thoughts and a story from my early career.

When I first left art college I freelanced as a wildlife artist/illustrator. One day I took a call from my agent. 'can you do flies', they said. I quickly produced this greenbottle, overnight. 'great they said', we have a job for Shell. I was made up. (The watercolour is only 2" square - apologies if you are just eating and it appears as a giant thing on a huge monitor )



So I go in to my agent and end up producing an advert for Shell in farmers weekly for a chemical they paint on cow's bums to stop a fly that bores into them to lay eggs and cause all sorts of problems. They wanted it painted dead, on it's back, with legs in the air!

Well the customer is always right so I began to look for reference. This meant gathering dead flies. I found shop windows and outhouses very good sources. I also had to study this one particular fly from all specialist picture resources. Eventually a week later I supplied the painting. My agent was delighted and it was submitted to Shell, who were also happy...but......

They said, 'could you make it look like it died happy'. Ah the world of advertising. They were worried that my contorted legs made it look less appealing.

But I didn't post that one as I am sure there would be complaints about posting dead flies!

So, back to your pictures. I agree with dung fly and greenbottle. Without extensive research I would suggest you look at hover flies for the rest

Try http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/ try the postcode tool. List of flies per postcode

But taxonomy apart a fine collection of insects, and further proof that the lens is working well.

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Thanks Peter

I think my Green Bottle is more handsome than yours, that lovely green and silver, not to mention the fact it is blowing bubbles!. Mind you yours is a fine Green Bottle.

Thanks for the site link - looks useful - at least to winnow down the possibilities.

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Good pictures Nick, it's a sharp lens.

I think you'll find that the third picture is a Leaf Cutter Bee
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Good pictures Nick, it's a sharp lens.

I think you'll find that the third picture is a Leaf Cutter Bee
Thanks Ellie - I think you are right. What I need is 'The boys big book of Buzzy things' with lots of large pictures.

What confuses me is that every time I get a possible identification I google and find lots of apparently contradictory images.

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Re: I will call these Things

Phew, that's good. I guessed from your description and then checked a few pictures

I've got the Collins "Insects of Britain and Northern Europe", which is very good but doesn't have drawing of everything and descriptions are a bit technical.

I've found the internet isn't always reliable because sometimes people upload pictures and label them wrongly, but sites like Wild About Britain have quite a very experts on board so are quite good. They'll identify from pictures. http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/

Another site for "bugs" is this one http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/ifile.htm He's an entomologist, so you'd expect him to be right.
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Thanks Ellie

I do use the Wild about Britain site though I'm a bit loathe to clutter that board with queries till I've learnt some more basics of identification.

The Kendall site looks interesting.

The book I use is Collins Complete British Insects, but I find the illustrations a touch ambiguous (and small), better to remind you when you've already met the beastie and been introduced. But I suspect it will get better as I get more practised with insects.

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Wonderful sharp images Nick.
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