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David Martin

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Bugs
« on: July 20, 2009, 02:51:17 pm »
I had the time on holiday to take pictures of some bugs. Don't know what they are..







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Re: Bugs
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 02:52:56 pm »
love number 2!!

David Martin

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 02:58:53 pm »
love number 2!!

It took a lot of work to get to that point.. Ended up using my hand to shade the flash so there wasn't too much hitting the top of the grass. Manual balance against the sunset.  Flash on a remote lead, camera handheld, grass blowing in the wind.

Not your average snapshot.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 03:07:13 pm »
The top ones look very much like the larvae of the second ones. Cinnabar(sp?) moths.

David Martin

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 03:10:41 pm »
The top ones look very much like the larvae of the second ones. Cinnabar(sp?) moths.

Thanks.
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 03:12:03 pm »
The top ones look very much like the larvae of the Cinnabar(sp?) moths.

Pretty certain you're right. They feed on ragwort.
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 03:24:14 pm »
I'm pretty sure the moths are 6-spot burnet moths ...

Very nice pictures.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 03:25:40 pm »
I'm pretty sure the moths are 6-spot burnet moths ...

Very nice pictures.

Actually I think you are probably correct. The Cinnabar moth has more red on it I think.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 09:26:12 pm »
The bottom one (on the ground) looks like a mullein moth caterpillar.  Handsome fellas, but they make a real mess of the plant they live on.  We had mulleins in Lambourn.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 09:42:23 pm »
The top photo is of Cinnabar moth caterpillars on their larval food plant, Ragwort (a tactic to prevent predators eating the caterpillars).

The second photo is of a 6-spot burnet moth (day-flying moth) and the third is a mullein moth caterpillar.

Lovely, lovely invertebrates all of them
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 09:27:57 pm »
Caterpillar
Blood-sucker
Creepy-crawly
Critter

HTH
Never tell me the odds.

David Martin

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 10:27:56 pm »
Caterpillar
Blood-sucker
Creepy-crawly
Critter
There is no need to get personal.. ;D
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2009, 11:07:05 am »
Taken on my summer hols

a bee



a hoverfly



another of the little suckers



and finally one living up to its name

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2009, 01:12:19 pm »
 :o  Ummm - shutter speed?? Amazing!

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 01:45:44 pm »
:o  Ummm - shutter speed?? Amazing!

Umm... I think I'd like all the info: camera/lens/aperture/shutter speed...
please!

Excellent shots!

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2009, 02:08:24 pm »
:o  Ummm - shutter speed?? Amazing!

Camera - Canon 20D
Lens - Tamron 180mm Macro

Bee 1/500 f/8.0
Hoverfly on pink flower 1/1250 f/9.0
Hoverfly on purple flower 1/1250 f/9.0
Hoverfly in flight 1/3200 f/14

All cropped to a lesser or greater degree, gimp used to remove spots caused by bits of the Sahara being stuck on the sensor.

I needed a fast shutter speed because the critters (and their wings) don't stay still for long (and my arm was aching and shaking trying to hold a heavy lens), but on the other hand I needed a small aperture because you need all the depth of field you can muster. So I had to use the fastest ISO available (3200), with consequent loss of quality.

A tripod wouldn't have been much good because by the time it was positioned framed and focused I would end up with pictures of empty leaves. A monopod and/or right-angled viewfinder might have been useful. I left them at home. D'oh!

I'm saving up for a decent ringflash, which will mean tiny aperture for max DoF and short flash duration to freeze movement.
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2009, 02:12:20 pm »
Ta muchly!

David Martin

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2009, 02:23:58 pm »
Your 20D high iso performance is much better than the D80.

I used either an SB800 on a lead (typically TTL mode) or, for the stripy things, an SB800 triggered by a radio slave and a SB24 triggered by an optical slave. f22 or 25.

The high ISO performance of cameras took a quantum leap about 3 years ago, jsut when I bought the D80 which seems to be the last of that earlier era.

I'd also like a longer macro lens to get pics from further away.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2009, 09:18:00 pm »
One from the back garden today


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2009, 09:23:03 pm »
Lovely pictures, John.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2009, 12:16:20 am »
That first one is excellent!
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Re: Bugs
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2009, 03:49:24 pm »
Another one from the fields behind my house.

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2009, 03:51:51 pm »
Isn't that Jeff Goldblum? ;D
Getting there...

David Martin

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Re: Bugs
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2009, 09:47:08 pm »
Anyone know what this is? About 25-30mm long. Like the granddaddy of all earwigs.
Edit. It is a beetle. The Devil's coach horse beetle.


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Re: Bugs
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2009, 05:27:36 pm »
They get quite a decent size those devil's coach horse beetles.

When they feel threatened, they'll usually raise their tail up mimicking a scorpion; they will also emit a foul smelling odour.
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