Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wings for Wednesday

There are two plants in the front garden which are attracting plenty of winged creatures at the moment. Lavender and Hibiscus.

Bees:
5

9

Hoverflies:
4

1

Flies:
8

Wasps:
6

Notice anything missing? Butterflies! Last year the lavender especially was a great attraction for butterflies. To date this year I haven't seen one on or near these plants.

All photographs were taken with the Lumix TZ7, usually with the lens within three inches of the insect. Not a problem with the bees and hoverflies but can be a bit fraught when it comes to wasps.

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful macro. Not much chance of anything here today...........blowing a gale and raining.

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  2. Brilliant macro shots John.

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  3. Cracking shots John.
    That Lumix produces excellent results in your hands.

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  4. Amazing detail John! The markings are fascinating, as well as the wing intricacies.

    You're brave to get that near to the wasp ... I won't mention the huge nest I have on the side of my house, my interference with the pressure washer, and the attack on my eyelid!

    I haven't seen many butterflies this year either, just the occasional white one and the usual tiger swallowtail.

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  5. Absolutely stunning shots, John - such crispness ! Like Glo, we have not seen many butterflies here either, except for a few cabbage white ones.

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  6. Thank you Adrian. Weather very variable here.

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  7. Thank you Keith. For a £200ish camera it has a superb lens.

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  8. Oh dear, Glo. Wasps can be a real danger. I have a nest under the front hedge. I usually have the local council attend to nests but they charge more and more each year.

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  9. Thank you Twosie. A few Cabbage Whites is about all I see.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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