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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I have been looking a photos of Holly and Common Blues and I think I am coming down on the side of it being a Holly Blue. I should have mentioned that the top side of the wings were blue, not brownish. If the weather is all right tomorrow I will try to get some more photographs.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi again the undersides of the wings are quite a good guide.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Return of the Rosemary Beetle.

I saw and photographed one earlier this year when I found it on some lavender in our garden. Yesterday I found another one on the same plant. This time it was on the stems of yet-to-open inflorescences. These were moving around a great deal with the continuously-gusting wind, making macro photography very difficult. (This was probably why the beetle remained mostly motionless on the stalk).

In the previous session (link below) I used twin flash throughout. This time, I wanted to colours as shown in daylight. Because of the motion of the beetle on the swaying stem, purely daylight exposure was out of the question so I used a mix of flash and daylight in Aperture Priority. Only the first image posted here was by flash-dominated exposure, the others with mixed lighting. Most of the latter were rejects due to motion blur. Some exposures were at f11, others at f16.

If you want to see more flash images, with the beetle’s head extended, see:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1430942/0

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bee's On Globe Thistle Flower.

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Bee's On Globe Thistle Flower.
Lovely light and colour.

If you had raised the frame slightly it would have been a perfect trio.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Green Tortoise Beetles Mating:

These were all shot on the leaves of balm plants in our garden the leaves of which have much more yellow colour than most foliage. However, that is where the beetles chose to live.

The first image was taken two weeks before the others. There is something about the appearance, reminding me of two hooded characters, that appeals to me.

The others involved a female feeding during mating, something I have not observed before. Showing this in an image proved elusive but I have captured the best head image so far. I would like to have shown the head exposed in both male and female in the same frame but have had to settle for one or the other.

The dark shapes on the leaf surface are holes chewed by the beetles.

The images described above were all shot with the Kiron 105mm at f16 and with twin RC TTL flash, 1/250 and ISO 400 (first image) or 800, hand-held.

The final image was to show the eyes better than in previous attempts. I used the Schneider HM 40 reversed, at f16, plus x1.4 TC, twin RC TTL flash at 1/250 and ISO 400, hand-held. The image is uncropped (FOV 6mm).

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Male Scorpionfly Panorpa communis:

The Scorpionfly could be described as being on my “bucket list”, a long-held ambition to photograph one well.

I have had some previous encounters, usually with the insect being so evasive that I was unable to frame it. Last year I did get some images of one on a woodland floor but it kept moving away when I tried to get some more-aesthetic images.

These are possibly the most difficult of British flying insects to photograph. They fly away as soon as they detect your approach. This was what happened the previous day, when I found one on pre-flowering goldenrod. Some report that they will drop to the ground but I have not seen this.

This one, on culinary currant bushes, kept flying away to a nearby leaf but each time I got in a shot or two.

The stinger-like tail organ is harmless, bearing the external genitalia, but a captured male will use it to mimic a sting, striking at its captor, if it is captured.

I have called this species P. communis but cannot be sure that it is not P. germanica, the species being difficult to identify.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Well captured the last two managed to include the antennae. No wonder it was elusive you have interrupted lunch.
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Well captured the last two managed to include the antennae. No wonder it was elusive you have interrupted lunch.
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Thanks, Mike.

I had been photographing a tiny bee at maximum magnification when I saw the Scorpionfly. You know how far you have to rack out the lens to get much decrease in magnification, so I gave it some, and then a bit more later. Twisting the ring when next to the subject always risks startling it.

I don't know if it was feeding. I think it just has a crowded set of equipment for doing so.

I have been back down there this morning. There is no Scorpionfly yet but there are Danceflies, with similarly modified mouthparts.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Superb set Harold, what a find.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Cracking set Harold, well captured.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Not sure if this is the right thread for a ID but....
A colleague at work brought in a 3mm long insect that he has found a number of dead in his attic room. It's about 3mm long. I said it looked like a fungus gnat and his roof timbers were rotten! All I could manage was a couple of mobile phone shots through one of the work microscopes, although they do serve to show what fantastic shots the thread has too offer. What do you experts think?





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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Nice set of shots of the Scorpion fly I would suggest Panorpa communis due to the wing patterns.
They are not that hard to find IMO large bramble patches are the best places to look.

I took my first shots this year of a scorpion fly at the end of May
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I think this is a wasp not a bee but what species



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Nice picture. A dorsal view would have been helpful. However, I think it is a Digger Wasp, maybe Crabro cribarius.

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