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Old Jun 8, 2007, 9:57 AM   #1
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Went back along to the nature reserve near me yesterday and today. Had 2 great sessions, new species on both days, some of which I`d been trying to capture for quite a while....

#1 Soldier Beetle, devouring an insect (probably a Woodwasp)



#2 Damselfly closeup



#3 Dungfly



#4 Scorpion Fly ..this was the best I could manage yesterday as the fly was hidden in very dense undergrowth, I had to turn the flash to full to even get light on it, it was so well hidden...



#5 Same fly taken today, was really pleased to be able to get a full body shot of one of these peculiar creatures....



#6 Shieldbug.Another new species for me.....



#7 Think this is a species of Sawfly



#8 another view of the Sawfly....



#9, Last one, a very small metallic blue Beetle.



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Old Jun 8, 2007, 10:37 AM   #2
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Nice series Mark! All very well taken and well focused! #1 will get my top vote!

Well, UK seems to have very interesting bugs too!
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Old Jun 8, 2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Tan, i was quite surprised with the amount of different species in such a small area, no doubt i`ll come across plenty more there this summer

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Old Jun 8, 2007, 11:06 AM   #4
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Wow Mark, you really pulled in some great detail. What is your flash setup again?
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Old Jun 8, 2007, 11:12 AM   #5
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Thanks Beth. This is my current setup below.....



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Old Jun 8, 2007, 9:20 PM   #6
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Wow, an actual scorpion fly! I had to write a report on scorpion flies when I was ingrade school. I don't remember anything about them.I was only able to find one crappypicture in an encyclopedia in the school library. Shot #5 is better than anything I had to look at back then.
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Fantastic Mark.... great variety of species and some great detail.
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Old Jun 9, 2007, 4:26 AM   #8
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Thanks Rafael and Vaiboy for the kind comments.

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Old Jun 9, 2007, 3:23 PM   #9
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Just super shots Mark, you could make a sci-fi movie with the first one.
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Thanks Ted.


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