Thursday, July 12, 2018

12/02/2018 Two photos from today and the remainder from our week away.

Maximum temperature today 28C, minimum 13C.   Dry; 9 km/h North winds with up to 29 km/h gusts. 

I have tried my best with the identification of the following, if I am wrong please let me know. I am finding the ID very difficult as these insects are mostly new to me and my camera!

Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius)

As above.

Beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) I think - female

As above.

Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) I think - male.

As below (I think), both male and female.

Blue Featherleg or White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) having an orgy - one pair I suspect is gay!

Blue-tailed Damselfly  (Ischnura elegans).

Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea). Thanks to Richard for ID

Again I am not sure, but suspect this is a female Emporer Dragonfly (Anax imperator).

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius).  A first for me.  I see them regularly, but I have never managed a photo of one before.  I got some better shots later in the week although not so close.  Watch this space!

A hopper of some kind!

A web-spinning spider.

Last but not least a common wall lizard on a rocky outcrop.


N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 16 of the birds seen in Africa.

31 comments:

  1. Great series, Diane; a veritable natural history lesson.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment David, I just hope my ID is not far out! Enjoy your weekend Diane

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  2. Wow, my kind of post! I love butterflies and dragonflies. I especially like that Emperor Dragonfly, how delicate and exquisite. Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

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    1. Many thanks Geraldine for the very kind comment, so glad that you enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend Diane

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  3. Wow, Diane, your photos are always amazing, just as these are! :)

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    1. Thanks Sally, so pleased that you enjoy the insects and other creatures. Happy Weekend. Diane

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    1. Thanks Penny, hope you have a fabulous weekend Diane

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  5. Beautiful photos. Love the close-ups of the creatures which as so easy to overlook.

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    1. Many thanks Marie, I agree many are so easy to miss. Happy weekend Diane

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  6. What exquisite detail you've captured in these shots.

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    1. Thank you Monica, it was a fun week in a totally different envirnment to what I have at home for photos. Cheers Diane

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    2. Still gawking over that magnificent blue insect.

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  7. Beautiful critters! Great photos with such great details! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks Nancy glad that you like these shots. Happy weekend Diane

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  8. O what a nice photos. I love the Common Darter. Echt genoten van je prachtige serie. Ik denk dat je een goed fototoestel hebt. Geweldig Diane! Ik geniet er elke keer van.

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    1. Ik heb een Nikon 3200 en ik ben er dol op. Goed weekend Diane (Hope the transaltion is correct !!)

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  9. The sheerness of those wings is indescribably beautiful. The orgy was a great opportunity for a photographer. So many wonderful pictures.

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    1. Thanks Enma, I was surprised when I discovered the orgy, if I had of had the wide angle lens on you would have understood just how many there were! Take care Diane

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  10. I love seeing the dragonfly wings so clearly.

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    1. Thanks Pam, their wings are a work of nature and magic, so beautiful. Take care Diane

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  11. FANTASTIC pics! I have taken so many pics the past week and all with the cell camera. Thought I would miss my big one but I did not.

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    1. I know the feeling well I will be over to have a look at your blog as soon as I have a bit of time. Hope you are well Diane.

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  12. You never cease to amaze me with your macro shots.

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    1. As you do me with your sky shots. Wish I could take photos like you, but you also have a better place to take them than I do :-) Take careDiane

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  13. Another series of amazing images Diane, photo number 10 is exquisite 💙 Hope you are having a lovely weekend ✨

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    1. Hi Grace, I also loved that shot. We have had a quiet weekend other than a late night last night celebrating Bastille day :-) Keep well Diane

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  14. Your photos of nature all always amazing but your being able to identify them is even more so.

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    1. Karen it is a struggle, but Richard below generally puts me straight thankgoodness :-)

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  15. What a fabulous post, Diane! I wish I'd been there! Some issues with your IDs - I am relatively confident that your Azure Damselflies in this post aren't. I can't tell you what the first two are but the markings on the abdomen seem totally wrong. I'm quite confident that the 'orgy' scene is of a different species and is White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) because of the distinctive markings on the side of the thorax. Your 'Common Darter' is, I believe, a Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) - I'd give my right arm to see one! Correct with the female Emperor.

    My very best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. I am not all surprised as my book only has a few dragonflies in it and I am taking too much time trying to find any ID on the net. I am very grateful for your input and I will change what I can now. I am surprised I was right with the female emperor, total luck!! I also wish you had been there, it would have made my life very much easier!!
      Thanks so much and best wishes to you also. Diane

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