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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Sorry to disagree Harold but Ron is correct it is a male Migrant Hawker Nice stopped action Ron

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A new to me: Moorland/Common/Sedge Hawker Male.

That distinct black T on the face, the lateral yellow stripes on the thorax and the narrow yellow antehumeral (dorsal thorax) stripes clinch it.

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The key differences are the colour of the Costa (the leading vein to the wing) - yellow in the Common Hawker and brown in the Migrant Hawker. And the yellow triangle at the base of the abdomen.



Here is a closer shot of mine of a Migrant with the yellow (hour-glass shaped) triangle very visible. You can see that in Ron's in flight shot.

I don't have a Common to hand to show. But you can see the yellow costa and the very different abdomen markings on the BDS shot

here https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...common-hawker/

The Common is a bog/acid heath dragonfly so Ron will know the very few sites in East Anglia where he would stand a chance to see one. The Migrant Hawker is far more common in East Anglia and across Southern UK.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Speckled Bush Cricket Female

With cooler autumn temperatures, it seems that this cricket was sunning itself on the south-facing brick wall of our house.

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Males getting on together surprisingly well.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Males getting on together surprisingly well.

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Literally hundreds of 'em around today. Last chance to do it I guess....
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Literally hundreds of 'em around today. Last chance to do it I guess....
We have had a male Southern Hawker patrolling our garden, at about head height, each afternoon recently. It sometimes flies very close to my face.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Cellar spider Pholcus phalangioides

These spiders, about the same size as house spiders, are said to have reached the British Isles in consignments of wine. This was neither in a wine cellar nor in any kind of cellar but in a bin (wine joke). It was upside down under the lid of a garden compost bin.

These spiders do not like daylight or air movement and this one was subjected to both. So it was quite a difficult session.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar

I was surprised to see this. Not only was it late in the season but I found it in our kitchen and, most surprising of all, it was on my hand.

We had experienced days and nights of almost continuous rain. I was helping to prepare the evening meal when was tempted by the arrival of early evening sunshine. For the first time in days, I went out without a coat but wearing a thin jumper. I took a brief walk around the garden, taking a look at places where I find macro subjects. Not wearing a coat, I avoided contact with the dripping wet foliage.

Ten minutes or so later, I felt a tickle on the back of my hand and looked down to see the caterpillar crawling from my sleeve.

I took it outside and placed on the nearest leaves and took some photos then I put it down amongst mixed vegetation. I had to put it in the shade to shelter it from a gusty breeze.

The last image shows it being cryptic next to a shrunken blackberry.

Sometimes the orange lateral marks are red and/or the dorsal stripe is yellow.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some recently processed shots form Summer. I have such a backlog it is impossible to catch up.



An Emerald Damselfly in the morning



Emerald damselfly 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr



Emerald damselfly 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr



A meadow brown



Medow brown by Alf Branch, on Flickr



A moth larvae that may have left home possibly a Coleophoridae SP



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A peacock caterpillar



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

A little money spider trying look big because of my attention



Trying to look big by Alf Branch, on Flickr



An unknown wasp but I am thinking maybe ancistrocerus scoticus



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A common sexton beetle with passenger



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A fly infected with fungus



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A micro moth



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

[QUOTE=alfbranch;492820]Some recently processed shots form Summer. I have such a backlog it is impossible to catch up.



An Emerald Damselfly in the morning

A very happy little chap - great shot.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Comma Butterfly

These images were left, unsorted from July last year.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Some more backlog shots

Nettle weevils by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Micro moth by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

I think your micro is a Plain Gold Micropterix calthella.

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I think your micro is a Plain Gold Micropterix calthella.

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Thanks for the info Harold
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