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Quick tip...to distinguish a wasp from a fly...look DMP's pic above

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Surprisingly taken with my phone :o

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I snapped these a couple of years ago, raiding the bird feeders. I imagine there were some bugs hitching a ride. It was near darkness and I didn't have time to fit a flash, so not much detail, and I didn't see the need for macro lens. :D

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Later,

William

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You have the biggest bug(ger)s I've seen yet, Will...reminds me of the old kiddies song...

If you go down to the woods today...you're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today...you better go in disguise.

For ev'ry bear that ever there was...will gather there for certain, because,

Today's the day the Teddy bears have their picnic!

I wish we had critters like that in our garden...all we have are foxes, hedgehogs, and next doors bloody cat! (though, happily, not since I got an anti-cat, lazer sighted, ultrasonic sound blaster, which scares the $hit out of it! :lol: :lol: :lol: )

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It's a male Emperor moth, (only male moths have feathery antennae...to detect the pheromones released by the females) and quite scarce now, I believe. The female is about twice the size and grey in colour. Great shot!

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Remember this chap...Eyed Hawk moth larva about 60mm (just over 2.5" long)?

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Well, I watched them (there were three of them) for another week or so, then one day, one of them started crawling down the tree to pupate. I put it in a pot of soft peat so I could record what happened next. It burrowed down and formed a chamber in the peat and then started to contract.

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Over the next few days, it shortened in length and changed colour...

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Finally, its larval skin split to reveal the pupa. In this pic, this has only just happened, and the pupa (chrysalis) is still pale and soft. You can see the old skin to the left, at the tail end.

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The next morning, the shell of the pupa had darkened and now the entire contents will be broken down and re-arranged into a beautiful moth that will emerge next year. This is quite a large pupa at around 35mm (1.5")

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Found something else while doing my rounds in the gardens today...a crab spider munching a hover fly. These chaps usually hide in a flower the same colour as their body, so this one was rather conspicuous in a blue cornflower...they're called crab spiders because they move sideways like a crab...

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Just snapped this dragonfly emerging from its nymph case...it was getting ready for its first flight:

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Some great bug pics on here :thumbsup:

I bought a macro lens the other week and have been trying to get some insect pics. Nothing exotic from me, just a common wasp and and fly.

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Looks like you have a bug in your computer! :whistle:

Mike

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Wow!...what great shots of the emerging dragonfly...superb!

Just returned from a week in the Algarve, Portugal and thought I would share some pics of bugs and other creatures with you...

First was a pretty dull looking male Preying Mantis, that landed on the wall one night, attracted to the floodlight...

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That is until he got a bit peeved posing on my fingers, and went into a defensive posture whereupon he became quite spectacular...

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A few days later I found this chameleon walking along the dusty path to the villa...it was quite grey and dusty looking itself, until I picked it up, then it started to change colour to a yellowy green...

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At this point, I put him back on a bush, and he wandered off gradually becoming greener to blend in with the leaves...

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Finally I took some pics of the usual creatures you find abroad...

Various Geckos...the second one has lost its original tail, and the new one has grown back rather more stumpy and colourless than the original...

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Hiding in a crevice, but showing the unique four pupilled eyed common to most geckos...

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A Marsh frog on a lily pad in the carp pool...

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An adult Ant Lion...the larvae make conical depressions in sandy soil and wait at the bottom with their jaws sticking up to catch ants that fall into the pit...the adult looks like a damsel fly, but has large antennae that tell the difference.

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A few days later I found this chameleon walking along the dusty path to the villa...it was quite grey and dusty looking itself, until I picked it up, then it started to change colour to a yellowy green...

At this point, I put him back on a bush, and he wandered off gradually becoming greener to blend in with the leaves...

That sounds like most of out politicians... grey and dusty looking until they see the green :wink: :D

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Snapped this lad in my garden:

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John :)

Just to put names to these great shots by Deco and John....Deco's is a Small Tortoise Shell, and John's is a Speckled Wood.

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Some amazing shots in this thread! I love the idea of casually finding a Chameleon wandering down the street, don't get many of those in Manchester!

Anyway thought I'd add this little guy I found on holiday in France, he obligingly sat still on a leaf whilst I tried to keep him in focus :)

Not easy with a 70-300mm set to macro, despite the good light!

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Look forward to more piccies. :)

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WARNING!.....if you're an arachnophobe...don't go any further!

Spotted this bloke (common house spider) in my potting shed on returning to work after my hols....I swear he was wearing Doc. Martins and had 'ACAB' tattooed across his knees when I first saw him...managed to get three shots after cooling him in the fridge for 10 mins (a common photographers ploy to get insects/spiders to stay still long enough to snap them...especially dragon flies) then decided to get a ruler to add a size shot (he was well over 2" long and wide), but when I came back, he'd buggered off!

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after cooling him in the fridge for 10 mins

...must be great to go watch the match at your place and grabbing beers :D

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My missus was quite shocked when she opened a Tupperware box from the fridge that had a grass snake in it I was cooling down for a few shots....can't imagine why! :black eye: :lol: :lol:

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Well, I've just ordered a couple of macro filter lens so maybe I can contribute later on to this topic. I doubt it though, for the price I've payed for those things they should be rubbish :D

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Came across this Dor (dung) beetle today whilst doing the rounds of the grounds...probably flown across from the cattle field next door. Quite large , but not as big as a Stag beetle.

Glossy black on top, but a beautiful iridescent blue underneath. It reminded me of the giant beetles in the Sci-fi film 'Starship Troopers'.

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While tending to the pond at work today, I noticed that the recent inclement weather has bought the frogs out in force...the long grass along one bank was alive with tiny froglets, that jumped out at every step...took a couple into the greenhouse for some pics...these are only about an inch long...

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And my suspicions were confirmed...like the toad a couple of pages back, these have finger tips too if you look carefully...

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