Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly ♀ & ♂

There are 3 species on the UK list, and before digital technology careful examination with a microscope or a good hand lens was required. Today it can be seen from good macro images that it is not always necessary as in  P. germanica has thickened parallel hypovalves on male genital capsule, which can be seen my image that they are calliper shaped identifying it as P. communis. (The wing pattern can also be decisive  factor.)


Macro Moments Challenge: Week 8

 

Skegness Safari - 2013-08-19 - Luna Moth
Luna Moth

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

Camera details: Sony DSC – W35 set to macro.

Macro Moments Challenge Week 8
Worlds Butterflies & Moths
Anglo Swiss
Whippet Wisdom
Dish Dessert
Pete Hillman's Nature Photography
It Is Still Real
Zombie Flamingos
It's time to INSPIRE
Roberta Pimentel
Musin With Susan
Ron
tagnoue
Joe McFadden

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow or Orange Flowers

Yellow Flag Iris
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The Yellow Flag Iris grows along the banks of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. If planted in a garden pond, unless it is a quite a large one it should be planted in suitable containers, as it is somewhat invasive. This one was growing in the margins of a small stream back in the early 2000’s, not anymore. Sadly iresponcible fly tippers have given cause for the local water authority to dredge it as often as twice a month, all twelve  of them,  over the years. It used to be maybe once a year, just basic bank and flow management, now actual refuse bins, TV’s, bikes, shopping trollies, mattresses along with soiled bedding, garden waste, to name but some of what is dumped in it. On one occasion creosote containers, which contained sufficient residue to pollute the local park lake killing the majority of its fish population through suffocation, it formed an oily film over the entire surface preventing it from dispersing and absorbing gasses plus poisoning the fish, (mainly the bronze bream), when they came to the surface gasping for oxygen. There is more to this event, but this is a fun challenge and I’ve probably spoilt it for some already, so sorry if that is the case. It was this photo, and many more from that period in time, that reminded me what the stream looked like once upon a time.

Iris pseudacorus is a species in the genus Iris, of the family Iridaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. Its specific epithet, meaning “false acorus,” refers to the similarity of its leaves to those of Acorus calamus, as they have a prominently veined mid-rib and sword-like shape.

Camera: Sony DSC-W35 set to macro.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6 – Passion Flower

Passion Flower Vine

Passiflora

Family: Passifloraceae Genus: Passiflora

Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the type genus of the family Passifloraceae.

They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. For information about the fruit of the passiflora plant, see passionfruit. The monotypic genus Hollrungia seems to be inseparable from Passiflora, but further study is needed.


Some more ‘Macro Moments’ enjoy!

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Close To You https – Macro-moments-challenge-week 5
Dee Travels Site – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Ceen Photography Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
A Young Retirement – Macro-moments-week-5
Angloswiss-Chronicles – macro-moments-challenge-week-5-macro-plants-and-flowers
The Last Blog Available The Last Blog Available
Zombie Flamingoes – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Snap Happi – Macro-moments-week-6
Travel With Intent
Noras photos4u – Macro-moments-week-5-flowers-and-plants
Yzhen blog  – Macro-moments-week-5
My Silver Streaks –  Macro Moments-week-5
Purposive writer –  Macro-moments-challenge-week-5-dewdrop
Theonlyd8oointhehameau  – Macro-moments-week-5
attaleuntold  – Macro-moments-challenge5-plants-and-flowers
scrappydo2 – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Now at Home –  Macro-moments-challenge-week-5 attaleuntold –  Macro-challenge5-arum-lily
Cactus Clock–– Macro Challenge, Week 5, Plants and Flowers
Progressing Into Solitude
Pams Snaps Photos – Macro-moments-week-1
CeePhotography – Flower-of-the-day-December-2-2015-dahlia

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6 – White-letter Hairstreak

White-letter Hairstreak

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White-letter Hairstreak – Satyrium w-album

A dark little butterfly that spends the majority of its life in the tree tops, feeding on honeydew, making it best observed through binoculars. The upper sides are a dark brown with a small orange spot in the bottom corner of the hindwing. The male has a small pale spot on the forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a lighter brown with a thin white line, the “hairstreak”, which gives this group of butterflies their name. On the hindwing this streak zigzags to form a letter ‘W’ (or ‘M’) from which this species gets its name. The outer edge of the hindwing has an orange border, but there is no orange on the forewings as on the similar black hairstreak and there are two short tails on the hindwings. Part of a group known as “lateral baskers”, they always rest with their wings closed. An excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. Click anywhere on the excerpt to read more really interesting data on this species.

Of all the Hairstreaks, the Green, and Purple are the 2 I have recorded the most. This one, the Brown-letter Hairstreak is a first for me, well pleased! It was snapped on flowers growing in a border just under the perimeter of the lower branches of a huge, mature Elm.


Some more ‘Macro Moments’ enjoy!

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The Only D8000 in the hameau – Macro Moments – Week 6 purposivewriter
Close To You https – Macro-moments-challenge-week 5
Dee Travels Site – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Ceen Photography Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
A Young Retirement – Macro-moments-week-5
Angloswiss-Chronicles – macro-moments-challenge-week-5-macro-plants-and-flowers
The Last Blog Available The Last Blog Available
Zombie Flamingoes – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Snap Happi – Macro-moments-week-6
Travel With Intent
Noras photos4u – Macro-moments-week-5-flowers-and-plants
Yzhen blog – Macro-moments-week-5
My Silver Streaks – Macro Moments-week-5
Purposive writer – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5-dewdrop
Theonlyd8oointhehameau – Macro-moments-week-5
attaleuntold – Macro-moments-challenge5-plants-and-flowers
scrappydo2 – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Now at Home – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5 attaleuntold – Macro-challenge5-arum-lily
Cactus Clock–– Macro Challenge, Week 5, Plants and Flowers
Pams Snaps Photos – Macro-moments-week-1
A Tale Untold – Macro-challenge-6-flower-crab-spider-on-cosmoss

 

Macro Moments Challenge – Week 6 – Hoverfly

Hoverfly – Eristalis tenax

Hoverfly – Eristalis tenax

A member of the Order Diptera, Family Syrphidae. Commonly referred to as Hoverflies, or Flower flies, this, and 1 or 2 others are also called drone flies. As with most hoverflies they are ether a bee or wasp mimic, this one is a bee look alike. I hasten to add that this one or any other species of hoverfly does not sting, or bite.


Some more ‘Macro Moments’ enjoy!

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The Only D8000 in the hameau – Macro Moments – Week 6 purposivewriter
Close To You https – Macro-moments-challenge-week 5
Dee Travels Site – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Ceen Photography Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
A Young Retirement – Macro-moments-week-5
Angloswiss-Chronicles – macro-moments-challenge-week-5-macro-plants-and-flowers
The Last Blog Available The Last Blog Available
Zombie Flamingoes – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Snap Happi – Macro-moments-week-6
Travel With Intent
Noras photos4u – Macro-moments-week-5-flowers-and-plants
Yzhen blog  – Macro-moments-week-5
My Silver Streaks –  Macro Moments-week-5
Purposive writer –  Macro-moments-challenge-week-5-dewdrop
Theonlyd8oointhehameau  – Macro-moments-week-5
attaleuntold  – Macro-moments-challenge5-plants-and-flowers
scrappydo2 – Macro-moments-challenge-week-5
Now at Home –  Macro-moments-challenge-week-5 attaleuntold –  Macro-challenge5-arum-lily
Cactus Clock–– Macro Challenge, Week 5, Plants and Flowers
Pams Snaps Photos – Macro-moments-week-1