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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Takes me back to my schooldays.rearing hundreds of caterpillars in netting cages with huge demand for nettles everyday to keep them going.... And then the mass hatching of the adults, usually on one hot summer day. Peacock butterflies everywhere. ..wonderful. Can remember it all so vividly. Thank you.


Glad you like it. I was out for a walk on the downs with em5ii, tripod and the macro lens and a cable shutter release for first proper try out of this set up . Took some photos of orchids and when I got to these nettles I found the tripod attachment plate had fallen off the camera and luckily retraced my steps and found it half way between the orchids and the nettles. Then when using the shutter release I somehow had it on continuous and ended up with about 80 shots by mistake. Next step is to try the focus bracketing, it would be nice to have seen more of the caterpillars in focus.


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Camera-Shy Photo-Bomber.

Amblyteles armortus is a large, slender, deep yellow and black ichneumonid wasp, frequently seen in the UK at this time of the year. It flies quite rapidly, at about knee height, and rarely settles on vegetation and when it does it is only for a few seconds. It is rare for it to settle high on foliage, where a photo is easy, usually climbing downwards to where its caterpillar hosts may be found. Any approach tends to put it to flight.

The females lack any external ovipositor and the sexes are similarly patterned. The female is "more oval" than the male. The wasp, excluding antennae, is about 10mm long.

Recently, I have been photographing insects on green leaves under overcast skies. This was the first day that insects were visiting a white umbellifer in bright sunlight. I had just started to photograph insects, such as hoverflies, visiting it and was struggling to frame and focus the very bright, contrast viewfinder images. Suddenly, the frame was full of large, slender, yellow and black wasp. I struggled to focus, and maybe to focus back a little for a larger frame. I got one shot them it was gone. Had it stayed, I would have moved around to the right, to make better use of the DOF at f16.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

(Horse) Fly on the Wall

My wife called me out into the garden to see a large fly. It was sitting on the, sunlit, vertical, brick wall of the house and seemed to be in a convenient position for photography, adjacent to a pub-type bench table. As it turned out, neither sitting or kneeling on the seat got me quite close enough. Supporting my weight on my shins got the job done but is near the bottom of the list for comfort!

The wings were not mottled, so it was not one of the Cleg species we regularly encounter, neither did it have the bright green eyes of the Deerfly. It did have a single coloured stripe across each eye, a first for me. It was a Banded-eye Brown Horsefly Tabanus bromius.

The last image lacks some DOF but shows what the species looks like.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

More butterflies, more blues but this time another good European species the Mazarine Blue. It was also present and breeding in the UK but between 1700 and 1900 (rough dates). But it became extinct with changes to the use of meadowland. Farming changes have hit many butterflies in the UK.

All of these pictures are of butterflies 'mud-puddling'. There are a number of reasons why butterflies do this. Taking on moisture and salts (sodium in particular) that they would not get from flowers. The salts are important in improving fertility. A high proportion of the butterflies doing this are males before mating. It was a hot day and despite appearances those mud patches were damp and alive with insects.

Early lepidopterists attracted butterflies to puddles that they created with urine and other organic matter high in sodium and other minerals.


Mud Puddling - Mazarine Blues
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Mud Puddling - Mazarine Blue
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Mud Puddling - Adonis, Commons and Brown Argus
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There are huge changes to farming happening in France now as well and I perceive losses of insects are already happening. But there are still huge areas where older less intensive methods flourish. Have a look at this field of crop, with the occasional wild flower (I took several specimen shots of lovely flowers, many of which are seen only in nature reserves in the UK). When did you last see a cornflower? (not counting cultivated ones).

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Considered to be an endangered species in parts of Europe. One of about half a dozen Clouded Apollos seen close to the summit of Mont Aigoual (1,567 metres), Cevennes, France.


Clouded Apollo butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne
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Clouded Apollo butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne
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Clouded Apollo butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne
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First time I have seen a Clouded Apollo, and I was told explicitly they were not in the area. So it will be sent in to local records and hopefully the site will be monitored and others will get to see them too.

I saw a Mountain Apollo (which has red spots and is often seen on stamps and postcards) once in Switzerland from 20-30 yards. I ran after for a couple of fields but never did catch up with it. So seeing six of the rarer butterfly and having half an hour of photography was wonderful.

Unfortunately they don'y settle into photographic poses and were often fluttering and dropping into the grasses, but these were not so bad.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi,

I spotted this moth(?) at work today and I tried to ID it (I thought a burnett moth) but no pictures seem to match.

Is anyone able to help?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Looks like a Cinnabar but it's a couple of decades since I saw one.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi Amanda. I think it is a Cinnabar Moth. They have nice yellow and black striped caterpillars which feed on Ragwort.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Thank you both. I've googled it and you are both spot on (no pun intended)!
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Tenthredo notha: More encounters.

This yellow/green and black sawfly is quite tricky to photograph. It usually settles some way down amongst the foliage of perennial plants, where it can be seen but not easily photographed or lit. It also seems to prefer, in my garden, balm plants, whose leaves reflect a lot of yellow.

These images are from two sessions, one on blackcurrants and one on goldenrod. They include an example of where a leaves seems to have block the light form one flash gun and another of OOF foreground foliage indicating the narrow angle of view available.

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I spotted this moth(?) at work today and I tried to ID it (I thought a burnett moth) but no pictures seem to match.
Yes, a female, full of eggs. The Ragwort in my garden is seething with larvae but the adults are still around.

The long red stripe on the forewing separates it from Burnets, who have rather clubbed antennae. I have only seen Burnets in open country, not in town or garden.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

There was a lot of Norfolk Hawkers zooming about at Strumpshaw Fen yesterday. This is one of the few which perched for long enough to allow me to get a shot. It is not the ideal pose or settting but I didn't have much choice.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Security Leek.

I was photographing various insects on an umbellifer on our vegetable plot when I noticed some strange behaviour. A bumble bee seemed to be breaking into the opening bud of a leek inflorescence. It was surrounded by wide open inflorescences of the same sort but seemed determined to get its flowers very fresh. I don't know if it was trying to bite away the papery cover but it was certainly reaching beneath it.

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There was a lot of Norfolk Hawkers zooming about at Strumpshaw Fen yesterday. This is one of the few which perched for long enough to allow me to get a shot. It is not the ideal pose or settting but I didn't have much choice.

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Ron It is one I would like to see. I was trying to get over to see them as Dave invited me last year, but time is running away from me. And I am just getting ready for a holiday!

But they look lovely. And I am glad you see them for me.

I saw a Brown Hawker today - which is the closest we get here.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A trip to Finmere wood in Herts, today was a very productive visit.

I was hoping for Black and Purple Hairstreaks, but they were hiding. Instead we saw about a dozen Silver-washed Fritillaries. Fresh and very strong flying. Grabbed when they stopped for a few seconds.

Silver-washed Fritillary (m) - Argynnis paphia
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Silver-washed Fritillary (m) - Argynnis paphia
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...very hard to be accurate but at least 50 Marbled Whites (together with at least that many Ringlets and a smaller number of Hedge and Meadow Browns). All grass butterflies in the meadow areas.


Marbled White
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Three White Admirals

White Admiral
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..and four Purple Emperors. This was the most cooperative, sitting a a fox dropping and enjoying it for at least a quarter of an hour...but over a fence which meant long lenses and a crop afterwards.

Purple Emperor on fox dropping
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