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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Another mite having a bite

Mite with a prize by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A honey bee at least I think it is

Honey bee in pollen by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Honey bee in pollen 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Just Two Bees

but we can take on the whole World.

These characters look like they are on shared guard duty but they just happen to be in the same place, enjoying the sun.

I find solitary bees difficult to identify but I think these are Miner Bees, Andrena labiata.

They started on Bryony leaves and one moved to a, very mobile, Crocosmia leaf.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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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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Hi Ron

I am seeing a few more Meadow Browns about, it does seem a slow year for them.

But you have found a beauty and everything about the shot is nice, glad to see you posting and I look forward to all of the Norfolk specials.

Where were your swallowtails!
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Anyone recognise this fellow?

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


A wonderful butterfly lens. The 40-150 +1.4 is my favourite but you make a convincing case to try longer.
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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
Alf a great success. Wings a blur, everything else on the button.

...mind you I'd be tempted to remove the leaf from the top right...but sometimes when you do it doesn't help overall. Just a thought.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Re: Meadow Browns.

We get Ringlets in our garden and they have started to appear, between rainy periods, this last few days.

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Alf a great success. Wings a blur, everything else on the button.

...mind you I'd be tempted to remove the leaf from the top right...but sometimes when you do it doesn't help overall. Just a thought.
Alf,

The wing blur is a must. Frozen wing movement gives an unreal effect. That said, a little less blur would have been perfect. Great shot anyway.

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I had three of these tiny blue butterflies feeding on my Weeping Cotoneaster tree this afternoon. I am not sure what 'make' it is a Small Blue perhaps?

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I know there were a number of posts about what blue this is. Just to be definite for you.

Small Blue is completely absent from Norfolk. It does not wander and lives in small (and dwindling) colonies in just a few parts of the UK. It is a chalk or limestone species of rough grassland, the foodplant is kidney vetch which needs to be present to have any chance of seeing one. The habitat is vital to ID.

In contrast Holly Blue is a garden butterfly, does wander and is present in Norfolk, indeed is widespread over all of England. Although the main first brood foodplant is Holly, the second is mainly Ivy, but other garden plants are also used including Spindle, bramble and even Cotoneaster. This year has been a good one for Holly Blues.

So you'd need to travel to see Small Blues, enjoy your Holly's!
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A recently emerged male Escher's Blue from around 800 metres up in the Cevennes in Southern France. Not a common butterfly and entirely absent from Harold's garden and indeed the whole UK.


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I saw one on the trip. Alongside many other blues. Common Blue is well known, but I will post a few of the more exotic ones as on several it was my first ever sighting and I was astonished at the depth of the colours. the sunshine and abundant plant life did help bring it all together.
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A wonderful butterfly lens. The 40-150 +1.4 is my favourite but you make a convincing case to try longer.
I haven't used my 40-150 since getting the 300, and the MC1.4 hasn't come off it yet either! - but then I've been deliberately seeking out 420mm subjects!
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Chequered blue - Scolitantides orion. Another uncommon Blue (first ever sighting for me), absent from the UK. But a jewel.

It is found in rocky areas, in Southern France and to the East.


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Chequered blue - Scolitantides orion. Another uncommon Blue (first ever sighting for me), absent from the UK. But a jewel.
Quite similar to our Large Blue dorsally but quite different on the underside.

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Quite similar to our Large Blue dorsally but quite different on the underside.

Well done.

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Not really, it is the size and build of a small blue with a similar flight . So actually about as different as you can get.

I saw an Alcon Blue which is a similar robust and large butterfly to the Large Blue, and two Large Blues but none of them chose to slow down in the sunshine, but I have plenty of Large blues from other visits.

The wing marking on a Large Blue and size mean it is totally unmistakeable. It is a joy to watch them even when they fly past at high speed.


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