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  • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

    Common Green Grasshopper Omocestus viridulus

    This is one of what I believe to be three species I photographed recently at Decoy Heath Reserve on the open heathland. There are many forms and variants within each of the species and I am a novice at identifying them so I will willing take corrections.

    The stereos are crosseye.

    Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f10, hand-held.

    Harold







    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

      Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus

      In a different genus from that of the Common Green Grasshopper, I had not photographed this before. I think the variant and the nymph are of this species but am willing to be corrected. The hairy chest is diagnostic. Again, these are from the open heathland at Decoy Heath Reserve.

      Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, first two f7.1, then f11, f9 and f10, hand-held.

      The stereos are crosseye.

      Harold













      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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      • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

        Taken using the 100-400


        P7210107 by electric.mike, on Flickr


        P7210109 by electric.mike, on Flickr


        P7210104 by electric.mike, on Flickr


        P7210092 by electric.mike, on Flickr

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        • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

          Black-tailed Skimmer Male At Rest

          This is the same male of which I recently posted images showing mating.

          Males of this species like to rest on the ground. The pond water had retreated from the normal edge during a drought. This untidy background is partly of dried out detritus from under the water. This was where the dragon alighted on several occasions, and nowhere else, so I had no choice.

          The stereo is crosseye.

          Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Panasonic 100 - 400mm Leica DG Vario-Elmar at 400mm 1/400 at f9, ISO 250, hand held.

          Harold



          The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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            • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

              Thanks, Mark.

              Useful here for lifting the dragon out of the background debris.

              Harold
              The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

                  Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus

                  In the same genus as the field grasshopper, the species has numerous colour forms. I found these on the dry, open area of Decoy Heath on 11 July.

                  Based on wing length, I believe these are males.

                  Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f8, f10 or f11, hand-held.

                  The stereos are crosseye.

                  Harold













                  The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                    • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

                      Thanks, Mark.

                      As with any insects, minimising movement near them often gets results. Moving around on your knees, where you have seem hopper activity, and not moving far works well. One you are in close and have it framed, shooting further frames seems not to faze them.

                      Harold
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                      • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

                        Brachytperous Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus

                        Also from Decoy Heath, these are short-winged individuals. Maybe they are females, perhaps some are immature males.

                        Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f8, f10 or f11, hand-held.

                        The stereos are crosseye.

                        Harold



















                        The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                        • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread



                          Beautiful Damselfly




                          Demoiselle Damselfly


                          by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

                          I stand to be corrected on these!

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                          • Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

                            Marlk,

                            Definitely Demoiselles and I think they must be the Beautiful.

                            Harold
                            The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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