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  • Gate Keeper
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    Originally posted by Ian View Post

    Fantastic colour - does this mean it's hazardous to potential predators?

    Ian
    Thank you Ian. Red can be a sign to keep away. I have seen this in a button spider and in the assassination bug, but with this dragonfly, I don’t know the answer, my apologies.

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  • Melaka
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    You also see butterflies on elephant droppings which are of a more attractive appearance that this lot!

  • wornish
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    Great shot. Until I read your description I never realised the butterfly was there in the big image. The detail in the flower caught my eye.

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  • art frames
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    And especially for phil Gate Keeper
    This is a video shot of the Brown hairstreak on the bramble. Hand held at 210mm steadied a bit in editing

    Brown Hairstreak by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

  • art frames
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    When it works well it is a great lens but if you can stretch to the 40-150 and 1.4 do that. It is a better lens and more consistent. But when you want a lens that does everything on a hike. the 12-200 is wonderful

  • art frames
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    This is one of the late emerging UK butterflies - the Brown Hairstreak. Each year I travel to see it, and am often unlucky as it is only found in small numbers and not in Northants. So this was in Oxfordshire in a reserve recommended by MikeOxon a few years back. I have been there each year since and in August 2019 I saw this. It is one of our prettiest butterflies.

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by Gate Keeper View Post
    A Broad Scarlet observed hovering near a pond in Laikipia, Kenya



    Broad scarlet Kenya
    by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
    Fantastic colour - does this mean it's hazardous to potential predators?

    Ian

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  • Gate Keeper
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    Thank you Peter and thank you Mark. Today I felt inspired by watching your videos and I have been out practicing with the Olympus filming the butterflies and the cows. Peter, I am impressed by the range the 12-200 gives you. Thank you both for sharing.

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  • MJ224
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    Lovely photo Phil, and such a pretty dragonfly..:-)

  • art frames
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    Phil, nicely done. Glad you have a pond to visit. Hope to see more Odonata

  • art frames
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    Phil, glad to bring some brown to your day :-)

  • Gate Keeper
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    A Broad Scarlet observed hovering near a pond in Laikipia, Kenya



    Broad scarlet Kenya
    by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr

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  • Gate Keeper
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    Superb photos Peter and thank you for reminding me about the appeal and use of dung and scat, ha!

  • art frames
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    the 12-200 enables me to go from

    straight to this

  • art frames
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    Gate Keeper This is one for Phil as we have had previous conversations about scat, dung, poop and things that smell.

    These lovely brown butterflies (Arran Brown and Bright-eyed Ringlet) were dining at the most disgusting animal dropping you could imagine. I bet the animal felt guilty and was glad to leave it behind. Thankfully I was able to use a longish lens as it made your eyes water. For some butterflies the smellier the better.

    For everyone who takes macros. I admire your courage...

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