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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A tough subject and a heavy crop

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Yes. They are ally difficult. I don't see them very often but they fly or around a lot. I have had several attempts, over a number of summers, and have yet to get one framed and focused.

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Yes. They are ally difficult. I don't see them very often but they fly or around a lot. I have had several attempts, over a number of summers, and have yet to get one framed and focused.

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I saw one ( possibly same) last year in another location and got nowhere near getting a shot.
I will try the location again soon as another wasp/bee was active too so I want to get a shot of that too.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Rhogogaster viridis a Green and Black Sawfly.

I was doing some weeding in our garden when I noticed a brightly-coloured and patterned wasp on the lemon balm plant. My thoughts were of Tenthredo sawflies.

It took me a couple of minutes to return to the house and grab my camera. I doubted very much that the wasp would still be there when I returned. To my surprise, it was and it took a leisurely stroll around the foliage, giving me numerous opportunities for images, some of them rather good.

The overall colour was green, with some yellow, marked with deep black. One of the specific characters is a long, evenly green (or yellow) pterostigma on the front wing.

This species is in the same family as Tenthredo, the Tenthredinidae. It feeds on a variety of plants and is supposed to be common, although this was my first encounter. It is certainly one of the most handsome sawflies I have photographed.

EM-1 (manual mode), Kiron 105mm at almost maximum magnification of 2:1 (with crop factor), f16, twin RC TTL off-camera flash, hand-held (kneeling on ground).

The stereo is cross-eye.

The sixth & seventh images show some of the bits of debris which make images rather untidy, even after cloning out a major twig from the seventh.

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I saw one ( possibly same) last year in another location and got nowhere near getting a shot.
I will try the location again soon as another wasp/bee was active too so I want to get a shot of that too.
They sometimes run around on sunny walls, etc.

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Great set of Sawfly shots Harold

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They sometimes run around on sunny walls, etc.

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Yeah both times I have seen them it was on a sunny wall
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Great set of Sawfly shots Harold
Thanks, Alf.

The Tenthredids are excellent subjects.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here is the ruby tailed wasp again investigating possible nest sites I did not see a host wasp though


Chrysis Ignita looking out by Alf Branch, on Flickr


AQ very small wasp about 3mm long I took a few shots of this and it was in a cold place so I got it onto my finger and carried it outinto the sunlight where it flew off after a short while


Very small wasp by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A downlooker snipe fly posing for me


Downlooker snipe fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr




A dolly fly


Dolly fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr


An Empis Stercorea


Empis Stercorea by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Here is a buff tip moth


Buff tip moth by Alf Branch, on Flickr


All taken on a half hour walk on a very warm day in the North
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Baby Speckled Bush Crickets at x6

These are the same ones which featured in recent posts, using the Kiron 105mm, at 1:1 to 2:1.This time I have gone in really close with my reversed Schneider HM40 at f16 on a x1.5 TC.

The FOV is 6mm wide and the images are uncropped. As you might expect, with the unavoidably hand-held, there have been few keepers.

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All taken on a half hour walk on a very warm day in the North
Here, it has been cold, even for a winter day. Even so, I got some new subjects.

Great job on the wasps and flies.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I will add the photographs below, taken with my E5 and 50 ~ 200 zoom.
These were taken at Wallington in Northumberland.

I have yet to take similar photographs with my OM-D E-M5 as these creatures are too fast moving for the EVF!

However, I think this proves that you don't necessarily need the latest camera to get good photographs.

I used the 50 ~ 200 mm zoom at the 'long' end for these shots, which were cropped quite a bit. In retrospect it might have been better/easier to use the 50 mm f 2.0 Macro lens, going in a bit closer.











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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hawthorne Shield-Bug on Grass.

This is probably the same individual seen on the overhanging Hawthorn tree the previous day, images posted here recently.

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The stereo is cross-eye.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Erythromma najas Large Red-Eye Damselfly Male (Part 1).

It was a chilly morning, and the grass was wet, when I noticed a damselfly among the stubs of grass stems cut a few days ago. Some macro photographers like to find dew-covered insects on cold mornings because they are immobile and easy to photograph. My personal taste is that I donít want the insects in my images to be covered with droplets of water. This scenario had a chilled, immobile insect but without a drop of dew on it.

A close look showed it to have a combination of characters I had not seen before. The blue markings near the tip of the tail suggested it was a Bluetail but the lack of antehumeral stripes rules this out. The dorsum of the thorax also had a metallic sheen. The yellow intersegmental rings indicated a female.

Finally, the red eyes, together with the above, finally solved the mystery and made it a male. This is the first time I have found this species in my garden.

With the insect quite immersed in the grass, It was tricky to get a clear view. However, it seems to have been too chilled (no, not that way roll eyes) to move as I gradually thinned out the grass stems around it.

Having examined the images on my PC, I decide to try to get the damselfly into a slightly more open position. On my return to it I found that it had moved, most obligingly, higher up, on a leaf.

I tried some daylight shots but with limited success. This was to get the true colours. Most images were lit by twin flash.

These images are from the first session.

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All taken on a half hour walk on a very warm day in the North
Hi Alf

Some great pictures here but this is the one for me. Spotting camouflaged insects is always a good feeling. Clearly on a leaf is less good but it is a remarkable likeness to a twig isn't it?

Well done on the ruby tailed wasp. very special.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I will add the photographs below, taken with my E5 and 50 ~ 200 zoom.
These were taken at Wallington in Northumberland.

I have yet to take similar photographs with my OM-D E-M5 as these creatures are too fast moving for the EVF!

However, I think this proves that you don't necessarily need the latest camera to get good photographs.

I used the 50 ~ 200 mm zoom at the 'long' end for these shots, which were cropped quite a bit. In retrospect it might have been better/easier to use the 50 mm f 2.0 Macro lens, going in a bit closer.











Hi Nigel, a good start and hope you get some more.

I also prefer an optical viewfinder but find the instant playback of the taken image on an evf reassuring too. So I am relaxed at using the em5 and only rarely wonder where something has gone in the process of finding a subject.

If you are thinking of using a macro lens on damsels then you need to be able to have time and patience and lots of practice at getting close. With an insect that is still it is possible, but i prefer a telephoto for most times.

But it is really worth it. they make good subjects.

These already show the issues I have with keeping the long tail and wings in the plane of focus. With a macro lens I have even more issues with that. And the 50mm has never been a favourite to use.
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