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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

This is an immature male. There are many dragons with this colouration but I think the broad black shapes on the abdomen identify this one. The abdomen looks broader than it really is due to the foreshortening of the long lens.

As is often the case with Skimmers, this flew ahead of me, down the winding path between waist-high heather , etc.,, landing on the stony ground every so often, too far ahead of me to get it filling the fame to my satisfaction. The image is cropped by ca 70% but the left wing tips were never in the frame.

The crosseye stereo doesn't do much to help but it lifts it slightly above the substrate.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Damsels In My Garden

This is where I do most of my insect macros.

In the first four images I have framed the insects so that they are easy to see.

The last pair are as I see them when searching. How many are there?

The background is the cut ends of large logs

The stereos are crosseye.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Anyone like to venture an ID for this one?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Anyone like to venture an ID for this one?
Definitely a Darter Sympetrum species. Probably an immature male of the Common Darter S. striolatum.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are some form me

Emperor ovipositing by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Common darter by Alf Branch, on Flickr

skipper by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Small copper by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Emerald damselfly by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Four-spotted Chaser Libelulla quadrimaculata Males

When mature, the females are rather similar to the males. The perching behaviour and the divergent genital appendices make these males. The amber basal veins of the wings are specific.

The species is easily recognisable by its four “spots”, two on each forewing. One is the normal pterostigma near the tip of the wing and the other is a similar mark at the “node”, on the front edge of the wing

These were at the stream on Decoy Heath Nature Reserve on 25 July.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

And a small few from me, all taken whilst wandering round Potteric Carr nature reserve near Doncaster.

Immature Common Darter ♂
Common Darter Immature Male B8090017_DxO-1 by bill williams, on Flickr

Mature Common Darter ♂ Playing with in camera stacking
Common Darter Stacked 2 P8090154 by bill williams, on Flickr

Another Mature Common Darter ♂ without stacking; should have tried stacking.
Common Darter Male A8090016_DxO-1 by bill williams, on Flickr

And finally a Ruddy Darter ♂ where I just missed the focus
Ruddy Darter Male P8090009_DxO-1 by bill williams, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Pentatoma rufipes Mating

I was with a group of enthusiasts, surveying the fungus flora of Newtown Common on Sunday when someone brought my attention to these. They have two commonly-used names: Red-legged Shield-bug and Forest Shield-bug.

Overhanging leaves meant that I couldn't get all of the tips of appendages in the frame.

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Elasmostethus interstinctus Birch Shield-bug

There are a number of shield-bugs with a similar type of pattern on their thorax and winds. This one is rather subdued. It was found, and shown to me, on Newtown Common on 4 August. It was on a dead, partly curled-up leaf.

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Harvestman Leiobunum rotundum Male

Harvestmen tend to run and hide at the least movement close to them. This one had that ugly, drled-up dead leaf bewteen its legs (first image). I wanted to remove the leaf but got some shots first. Then much to my surprise, I managed to pull it away, using fine, entomological forceps. I tried to also remove the long, pale grass seeds, but to little effect.

I then took shots at my choice of angles and departed, the male still motionless.

The stereos are crosseye.

I had to turn down the highlights considerably because the flower was pure white.

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I previously posted images of the female, which has dark dorsal markings, absent in the male.

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1571499/

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Common Purple & Gold Pyrastra purpuralis

I mistook this for a Mint Moth, which I see frequently in our garden. However, it is a species which I have not noticed before. It has been recorded where I found it, at Decoy Heath. I don’t know details of previous finds but this was near Pond 3 on 11 July. The most recent record had been in 2017.

The moth is about thumbnail size. It was feeding on heather flowers. The larvae feed on thymes and related plants.

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Black Arches Lymantria monacha Male at Rest

A relative of the Gypsy Moth, this is a woodland species in southern Britain, flying in July and August. It is nocturnal.

I saw this male yesterday. It was on the trunk of a mature Oak tree. I could see it from several paces away, such that any attempt for it to blend in was a failure.

This was a male, the feathered antennae folded down beside the thorax. The males vary in the amount of black markings and can be entirely black.

It was a dull day and the moth was in the shade of the tree.

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Getting Their Heads Together

I found these images in a file of unsorted ones from about this time four years ago

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