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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I posted these images of a Banded Demoiselle in the main forum, I thought they should be here also.
I agree. Lovely images.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Good luck with the Barkflies. I have never attempted to get them even to family.

The Snipefly must have been eating or drinking but the leaf looked dry at the time and does in the images.

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Barkflies can be tricky I agree.
That carder bee seems to be looking for the same thing as the snipe fly was I see various insects at the base of the leaves on our laurel hedge but you can see

Here is what they are after on the laurel

Katiannidae-on-Laurel by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Large numbers of Meadow Brown butterflies were feeding on thistles at Carlton Marshes today. They are the first ones I have seen this year.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A hover fly on a strawberry flower


Hover fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A small bumble bee in flight and the only shot I managed whether on a flower or not


flight of a bumble bee by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A dolly fly on the house


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Barkflies can be tricky I agree.
That carder bee seems to be looking for the same thing as the snipe fly was I see various insects at the base of the leaves on our laurel hedge but you can see
Alf,

At the time I saw it, the bee was just resting/sunbathing, as many of the larger solitary bees do daily. The foliage was all wet from overnight rain so options for drinking were unlimited.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Great Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens.

This species mostly settles only for a second or two, even when not approached. It is not easy to photograph.

This flash image shows the flattened appearance of the compound eyes which is typical flies under such lighting. A natural light image shot from the same viewpoint tends not to show this but getting sharp daylight images is difficult at an acceptable ISO.

EM-1, Kiron 105mm f16, twin flash, hand-held.

Image uncropped

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Chrysotoxum bicinctum male.

This is one of several hoverflies in handsome black with intense yellow markings. The two broad bands of yellow on the abdomen are diagnostic. The very narrow yellow band between the other two seems to vary in being present or not.

This species (up to 1cm long) is widespread and can occasionally be seen in gardens. It does not like to be approached and usually flies a considerable distance (many paces) before settling again. I had seen this one in my garden but it had gone by the time I had my camera. I next found it (if it was the same individual) some fifty feet away.

Comparing the images will reveal how getting some nearby foliage behind the antennae and/or wings shows the details better than with the dark background (which has had shadow relief). The bonus from trying different angles of view is often a functional stereo pair. This crosseye pair was not shot as such. (The area around the right wing in not comfortable to view).

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Chrysotoxum bicinctum Female

I photographed this four days before the male. There were so many insects around that I have still not been able to deal with most of the images.

This one was on the blackcurrant plants in the part of the garden where I first saw the male, before it flew to the Goldenrod.

I got in a bit closer here, although there has been some cropping. The broad bands of yellow markings, diagnostic of the species, are present but, apart from traces, it lacks the additional ones seen in the male.I have been unable to establish whether this is sexual dimorphism or just variation.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Very nice hover fly shots
Thanks, Alf.

You have to be very patient and stealthy with these.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Anyone recognise this fellow?

Flew into the garden and I had my 300+1.4 in hand so took a snap!


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Definitely a Skipper. From what I think I can see of the wing pattern, it is a male Large Skipper.

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Definitely a Skipper. From what I think I can see of the wing pattern, it is a male Large Skipper.

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Gosh!

I thought it was a moth of some sort... no wonder I couldn't match it up in my Ladybird book of moths!
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Definitely a Skipper. From what I think I can see of the wing pattern, it is a male Large Skipper.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescens

I was in my garden, among our fruit bushes when I saw a very striking-looking insect on a currant leaf. My view of it was from its rear and and at some distance. My impression was of a huge, predatory bug. On getting closer, I saw that it was a longhorn beetle. It looked sort of familiar but it might well be a new one to me.

Anyway, I got some shots. It was very three-dimensional, requiring all the DOF I could muster. In due course, most of them required a little more processing than usual.

I tried detaching the leaf so that I could manipulate it to get a head-on shot but misjudged the COG and it toppled before I could get a good one.

On checking, I found that it was the same species as I found in 2012, on a thistle (larval food) in a riverside meadow. An image of that one is posted last. It was shot on EP-2 and probably the Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit 60mm macro.

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