Yesterday the crop sprayer arrived to give the barley a seeing to. It was a big new machine and soon got the job done.
All computer controlled so no waste as it knows the shape of the field and where to spray and where not to. It also works out the fastest way to get the job done. Amazes me but I was talking to the driver and he explained it has to see the sky for a GPS signal and yesterday he was running near a row of trees and the machine stopped and refused to move. He had to phone up to get instructions on how to over-ride the computer. Instructions he couldn’t understand so they had to send a consultant out. No such problems here the job was Braw. I think that means good in Fifeish. I won’t give you the antonym but it is similar the world over.
This morning I checked on the Puss Moth larva and the little one is missing but the big one is fine.
The big pink thing is the end of my index finger. I hold a bit of the leaf and rest the camera on my arm. I don't know how much a 1Ds, ring flash and MP-E lens weighs but it feels like 20kg after a while.
I have been trying to get some fly shots for several days. There are some wonderful picture wing flies but they won’t stay still long enough for a snap. This hoverfly is not much better but I got a shot of it upside down yesterday and after a good thirty minutes I got it the right way up today.
This is a Hoverfly and a large one; Volucella pelluceus. There is a very similar drone fly but it has a hairier and more pointed bum. These aren’t as sharp as they could be but he’s blasted fast, I don’t think my chances of a head on shot are very good.
Another Hoverfly yet to be identified. There were dozens of these out this morning but none in the mood to pose for a high magnification shoot.
These two are don’t knows. The latter I have seen all week and again it is far too fast for me. It is a stunning lime green and about an inch long.
Ringlet Butterfly, the female is top and the male the bottom image. Thank you once again TREVOR.
I’ll leave you with a bit of Arty-Farty.