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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

INSEX. (08/08/12)

It is very hot today.........We were out at five thirty looking for insects. This place is swarming with hoverflies, there are also damoiselle and the occasional dragonfly. I rummaged about in the grass for a good hour but all I found were those half inch long grey moths. They fly by day are as common as houseflies but the crafty little devils settle underneath leaves and grass stems. I have yet to get a picture of one.
Nothing much else to report. I have been out with the bridge camera. It is old, has been dropped a few times, is stuck together with gaffer tape and super glue and has appalling shutter lag. It does have a macro or more precisely a close focus capability. The flies are quicker than the camera but I had a good time watching them.

These though not the same fly are the same species one of the volucella which one I don't know.

This is a lovely little fly....these are true flies has they only have one pair of wings....this is a type of syrphus. I really miss a good macro lens. This camera does have the advantage of speed....with the old 150mm on the E-5 I could sit for an hour waiting and failing the lens was just too heavy to hand hold and focus. At least the images were worth having when I succeeded. I'm considering a 180mm. Canon, I am assured, chuck a years gym membership in with the lens.
That's all for today.

11 comments:

  1. I love the Hoverfly, it sits still for a moment and zipped off looking for something suits its appetite. Great photos.

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  2. Yes it was hot today - a steamy 13 deg up here on Lewis. I didn't sign up for cold summers. It's warmer in Napier - lots warmer - and it's still winter there. And they've got two volcanos erupting to add spice to life.

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    1. I love watching volcanoes....Stromboli was superb a few years ago shooting fire balls into the sky. I misjudged things a bit and got hot ash on myself....Ruined a good jacket it did.

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  3. Now considering my fly knowledge is zilch, you've just increased it by 100%. thanks for making this interesting.

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    1. Insects are fascinating....I have trouble with IDs but they are very beautiful...take a magnifying glass and spend an hour or two watching them.

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  4. This sounds like an experience. I don't know much about flies but that last shot is a real stunner. You have a great set of pics here. The experience behind every post is always the most fun to write about:) And sometimes they aren't always pleasant:)

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    1. The shots are not good but the insects are.

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  5. Happy hoverfly hunting, Hadrian.

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    1. It'sthat time of the year....they are wonderful.

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  6. Hi Adrain! you make all good!

    have a great rest of summer :-)

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