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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Wow, some awesome photos there Peter.............

Take it that you like butterflies....

Apparently the influx of Red Admirals here in the UK are migrants from le Continent, only what I have been told. They are an amazing species.............
Thanks Mark,

Yes since I was in primary school. Alongside other wildlife but always butterflies...

It is a mixed life history. Most will be UK bred from a large influx from the continent and north Africa in May/June (plus some later migrants as well). They are not seen during early summer as they are going through the caterpillar and pupal stages to be emerging August/September sometimes in large numbers like this year. Some will overwinter here and some migrate south but many will die out in the cold but many will be around in October/November. With warmer weather there is evidence of more overwintering success in the UK. If you find one in a garage or shed let it overwinter there.

If you have windfall apples they love rotting fruit.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

They are incredible little buggers, they seem so fragile yet survive all that the planet throws at them............In awe...........

And thanks for your info........
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..they seem so fragile yet survive all that the planet throws at them......
If only ...they are, like bees and many other insects, in very rapid decline. There are a few exceptions but insect loss across Europe is catastrophic. A long term study of insects across western Europe since 1980s shows an 80% drop in volume/numbers by 2013. 75% of UK butterflies are in rapid decline.

And forget climate change this was and is intensive farming, broad use insecticides and change in land management practices. And many birds are declining alongside their disappearing food source.

the truth is a lot bleaker.
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Hi Dave

Not in France as it was not really the right habitat. This was earlier in June in Hungary.

Sulphur Ascalaphid (Owlfly) - Libelloides coccajus by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

Thanks for asking. They are lovely and spectacular insects.
Thanks for sharing this Peter, I hope I get the opportunity to see one of these one day.

You have a great selection of images on your Flickr page, I'll watch out for updates.

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Beautiful set Peter, thanks for posting them up.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A Hairy Beetle Lagria hirta

This is a beetle which is occasionally seen. I found this one in early July.

The hairs are rather coarse, a bit like a copper wire brush (for suede leather). I think this is a female (elongated elytra) and was about 7mm long.

EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 macro, twin flash.

I don't know what aperture I used but a stop smaller would have been better.

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Second Instar Cinnabar Larvae

These were about 15mm long, the colour intermediate between the almost black of the first instar and the deep yellow and black of the later ones.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Unfortunately not up to the quality of some here, but never mind, here goes... A selection from Cornwall and the Scilly Isles:

Taken with either the 300 f4 or the 12-40PRO as available - getting close enough with the 12-40 was a bit of a challenge (except the caterpillars!) I haven't tried to ID everything yet, but have put a couple of comments down!


Nearly 4" long!


Absolutely covered the bush they were on, I wouldn't be able to guess accurately but there were literally hundreds...


12-15mm long - a MASSIVE hoverfly!












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Unfortunately not up to the quality of some here, but never mind, here goes... A selection from Cornwall and the Scilly Isles
The first one is a Fox Moth caterpillar. The second is caterpillars of the Buff Tip moth. The hoverfly is Volucella inanis. (V. zonaria is even bigger).

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some really pleasing pictures of butterflies above.

Here is just one from me.

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Here is just one from me.

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Well it's not a Red Admiral but its a very nice Painted Lady Barrie.

And I think that is even better.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi Peter -

I originally had this butterfly shown on our sister site dpn.com as a Painted Lady and only after a great debate with another I accepted the fact I must have got it wrong and yesterday corrected said mistake on dpn.com and said it was a Red Admiral! Now to edit the latter one.

I feel quite relieved at having your expert knowledge put to the image and I had got it right the first time.

Thanks so much for the comment and correction.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Large numbers of Red Admirals were battling against the strong winds today but this Speckled Wood caught my eye as it sunned itself amongst the fallen leaves.

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Hi Ron glad you are getting use out of your big lens.

they are lovely butterflies and so obliging about finding a sunny spot to show in.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A Tachinid Fly, Dexisoma caninum
This species is an endoparasitoid of the Common Cockchafer. Apparently, this relationship has not been recorded in the UK.

This was photographed on 1 July. I had forgotten about it. I suppose I was hoping to get more, and better, shots but I never saw it again after this, my first encounter.

EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 60mm macro, twin TTL flash.

The stereo is crosseye

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