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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Could anyone confirm the I.D. of this slug please?

I think it's a Leopard Slug but I'm not sure.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Could anyone confirm the I.D. of this slug please?

I think it's a Leopard Slug but I'm not sure.

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Dave
It's a Yellow Slug Limax flavus

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Fair enough Harold but I would get away with it in many places
Your claim to fame is that, after more than a decade in such forums, and after an entire working life involving insects and their taxonomy, this is the first such use I have come across.

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It's a Yellow Slug Limax flavus

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Thanks Harold,

I was hoping it was a Leopard Slug and that it would eat some of the smaller ones which devistate the Hostas.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Could anyone confirm the I.D. of this slug please?

I think it's a Leopard Slug but I'm not sure.

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Dave



Dave,

That seems an expensive lens system for slugs.

But perhaps you don't like to get too close...just joking.
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Dave,

That seems an expensive lens system for slugs.

But perhaps you don't like to get too close...just joking.
I couldn't agree more Peter.

This was how the kit was set up when I took it out of the rucksack, I didn't think to change the lens.

If I'd been sure it wasn't a Leopard Slug I'd have got much closer, to dispose of it!

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Harlequin Ladybird Pupal Skin:

Considering how many of the beetle I see in my garden, it is remarkable that this is the only recognisable empty shell of it pupa I have found to photograph. This is from August last year. The stereo is crosseye.

EM-1, Nikon Printing Nikkor 105mm, f11 1/200 ISO 400, twin RC TTL flash, hand-held. Images cropped.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi there Harold!

Do you think that mine is a seven spot pupa - as far as I can tell it's occupied still.



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PS taken this morning about ten minutes before I spotted your post - it's a focus stack of eight images at f4 but still doesn't give a great depth of field - I haven't got an adapter ring for my twin flash on the 60mm macro yet.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

[QUOTE=Ralph Harwood;387607]Hi there Harold!

Do you think that mine is a seven spot pupa - as far as I can tell it's occupied still./QUOTE]

Yes, Seven-spot.

You might do a good job, possibly better, with the same number at f8. It is worth including in one at f16 to try in the stack.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi Harold!

Thanks for the ID. I used the in camera focus stacking that we got on firmware 4 - mostly because the light was very poor - even at f8 and iso 6400 I was struggling to hold the camera steady enough for 1/125th not to be blurry. I also had a try with my normal macro rig (e-30 with 50mm macro and extension tube with the olympus twin flash set-up) but couldn't get a decent angle due to the size of the flash mounting ring.

If it's still there later I will have a try with the 150mm macro and twin flash at about f13 and see how that goes - now it's time for bed!

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Hi Harold!

Thanks for the ID. I used the in camera focus stacking that we got on firmware 4 - mostly because the light was very poor - even at f8 and iso 6400 I was struggling to hold the camera steady enough for 1/125th not to be blurry. I also had a try with my normal macro rig (e-30 with 50mm macro and extension tube with the olympus twin flash set-up) but couldn't get a decent angle due to the size of the flash mounting ring.

If it's still there later I will have a try with the 150mm macro and twin flash at about f13 and see how that goes - now it's time for bed!

Cheers,

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Ralph,

Why not detach the leaf and work with it on e.g. a garden table? I probably would. You could then put the leaf where it won't blow away. I would expect the adult to emerge in a few days.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Why not detach the leaf and work with it on e.g. a garden table? I probably would. You could then put the leaf where it won't blow away. I would expect the adult to emerge in a few days.

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Once you have detached the leaf you could use a tripod and focus bracket and then stack in post.
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Once you have detached the leaf you could use a tripod and focus bracket and then stack in post.
Yes. Nice to have options.

With an inanimate subject such as a pupa, it is academic where you operate. With an active insect the amount of control is different, especially if you move it indoors. I have no problems with such choices, so long as they are declared when the image is shared.

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Why not detach the leaf and work with it on e.g. a garden table? I probably would. You could then put the leaf where it won't blow away. I would expect the adult to emerge in a few days.

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Hi there Harold / Alf!

Unfortunately this ladybird Larvae decided that my garden wall was the ideal place to pupate, so I wasn't able to remove the brick to a more convenient place!

I'll have a go later with the 150mm to give me a better working distance and the use of the twin flash.

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Hi there Harold / Alf!

Unfortunately this ladybird Larvae decided that my garden wall was the ideal place to pupate, so I wasn't able to remove the brick to a more convenient place!

I'll have a go later with the 150mm to give me a better working distance and the use of the twin flash.

Cheers,

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So it is. That shows how an excellent image can focus the mind. The good news is that typical brick is about 80% reflectance for metering purposes.

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