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Old Jun 8, 2010, 5:21 PM   #1
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Well the dragonflies are busy doing their best to continue the dragonfly race in the middle of the lake, completely out of reach (of my cheap lenses) so thought I would try some bee shots.

Fiddled with the camera a bit, and shooting only in RAW now I have a fast enough card not to worry about it. Didn't realise how hard bee's were to get good shots of, I know the saying "busy as a bee" but the blighters barely land for more than 2-3 seconds!







Also, anyone know what the heck this thing is? it's the most bizarre fly I have ever seen. Jet black/blue, red eyes, white antennae and a giant moustache!



It only landed for a few seconds, so couldn't get a nicely framed shot, but hot dang was he weird!
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 8:36 PM   #2
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Well Ash, looks to me like I'm gonna hafta come over there and slap ya silly, then steal your lens!

You're putting me to shame.
#3 is just terrific!!!
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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Very nice set - I really like the first one but #3 is the "bees knees" (sorry, couldn't resist). And yes, I know what you mean about bees - I kept trying to get one that was on and around one flower. I'd just get everything ready and it would disappear on the other side of the flower. Very frustrating.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 10:29 PM   #4
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Know exactly what you mean Ash - yesterday I saw my first bees of the year. For me #2 is the Killer Bee shot (sorry couldn't resist) due to the bee beeing in hover-mode & the beeautiful framing.

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Old Jun 9, 2010, 2:10 AM   #5
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Puntastic!

Thanks all, I was lucky with number 3 as he was just sat there cleaning himself for a while (you can see he is pretty scruffy) and with number 2 I got fed up of them going into flowers at funny angles or just out of view, so pre-focussed and shot as soon as they lifted off.
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Great bee on rhododendron shots, have a week spot for the second but thats because they are so hard to get flying (for me).

nice black 'whatever' shot.

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Old Jun 9, 2010, 5:47 AM   #7
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Cheers Ronny!

Still none the wiser when it comes to the last mystery bug, the closest I have found is an Alder Fly, but it doesn't have the prehensile moustache.
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Great bee shots - nice and sharp and clear! Could that last one be some kind of Stonefly?
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 5:24 PM   #9
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Thanks mole!

Someone has identified the last bug for me, it's a Caddis Fly - Trichoptera - Mystacides azurea

Surprised me as I have seen the larvae (in the water in their stone houses) billions of times as a kid, but never seen the actual Caddis Fly until I took this shot.
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Most Caddis flies I've seen are usually green / translucent. I've not seen a black one before.
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