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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Excellent stuff Harold. They're normally quite jumpy.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Excellent stuff Harold. They're normally quite jumpy.
Thanks. The butterflies did keep flitting from flower to (often unreachable) flower but they stayed on the patch of plants. It has to be a long session to get a good set of images.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

This comma kept landing on the same leaf in the hazel nut tree. I managed one shot as the flash sent it into orbit again.

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This comma kept landing on the same leaf in the hazel nut tree. I managed one shot as the flash sent it into orbit again.
Was it chasing other butterflies away?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I was encouraged to visit a new location for me, about fifteen miles away. My expectations were not huge, but I have now visited four times in two weeks and had splendid visits each time. I shall add a few pictures from across the visits as each time I have seen variations on the same cast but with sufficient variety and fun that I keep returning. There are few places in Northants which are as rich and unspoiled by the Forestry Commission landlord.

The site is Bucknell Wood and it is one of the sites for Wood White in Northants. But as you will see it is also home to hundreds of Silver washed frits including a good number of Valenzina form. This year it has a large population of White Admiral, both Purple Emperor and Purple Hairstreak and I'm told White-letter Hairstreak - but I haven't seen any of that one so far

I hope you enjoy this record of a lovely hot spell with woodland butterflies.


Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia (form Valenzina)


Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia (form Valenzina)


Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia


Purple Hairstreak - Favonius quercus


Purple Hairstreak - Favonius quercus


Purple Emperor - Apatura iris


Purple Emperor - Apatura iris


White Admiral - Limenitis camilla


White Admiral - Limenitis camilla


White Admiral - Limenitis camilla


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Wood White egg laying


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Peter,

Lovely Images.

That is a dream location.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

As far as I can tell from my book this massive thing at about 1 inch long which I thought was a moth from a distance due to its size is a Giant dark horsefly or Tabanus sudeticus.

It was very nervous and left after two ok shots

Giant dark horse fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Smashing shots Peter, bizarrely it's only 7 miles from me and I've never heard of it! I may be paying it a visit!
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As far as I can tell from my book this massive thing at about 1 inch long which I thought was a moth from a disatnce due to its size is a Ginat dark horsefly or Tabanus sudeticus.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Ladybird Fly Gymnosoma rotundatum?

Having only a few days earlier seen a fly of this genus for the first time, I saw another, also on white umbellifer flowers, but in a quite different apart of the garden. I had photographed the previous one by sunlight at f8 and 1/205 second. For the second one, I chose f16 and twin flash, to great benefit. The Oshiro 60mm macro was used for both.

As with the first one, I found it impossible to see head detail in head-on views so I had to guess as to where the focus lay.

Whereas the first one had its feeding to one small inflorescence, this second one moved around to feed on several in a small area. I was able to sit down for part of the session with the female but this time I had to move around quite a lot, at times standing on a bench. The flower stalks were blown about frequently in the breeze, such that most of my time was spent waiting for them to be fairly still.

Known as Ladybird Flies, they are parasites of Shield-bugs, on which they lay their eggs.

This may be the eggs of this fly:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1435372/

This individual has much smaller markings than the first one I found and is probably another species. I have been unable to find any information on identifying the species or sexing them.

The texture of the dorsum makes the image look over-processed straight from the camera.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A decent shot of an earwig


Earwig by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A ladybird larva


Ladybird larva by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A Frogghopper back into a corner so no rear view for a change


Frogghopper by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A hoverfly feeding



Hoverfly by Alf Branch, on Flickr


A leaf hopper nymph cicadella-viridis



Leafhopper nymph by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

A very nice set.

By coincidence, earlier this week I saw the first earwig in our garden in many years. I did not have my camera with me.

The ladybird larva is a Harlequin.

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Very nice set Alf, I like the wig too.

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Nice set there Alf. I liked the last shot of the leaf hopper nymph, perfect focus on the eyes and antennae.
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