British Insects Macro Photography

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British Insects in Summertime

Such a beautiful time of year is spring and summertime in the U.K to get out and do some Macro Photography of the wonderful British Insects.

 
Hoverfly on The Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
 
Summer as always in the U.K is an up and down affair with a mish mash of topsy turvy weather. Spring can start off great with a mini heatwave where temperatures rise disproportionately for the time of year but this doesn’t normally last for long. After which summer can be a real bummer! Nobody can say whether it will be a washout or Mediterranean-like. Nevertheless unlike winter the countryside will be alive with British Insects. A perfect time to grab the camera and get out into nature. The great outdoors..
 
Squirrel-inca hungricus
 
Many of the British Insects are so small they pass most people by without being noticed or people are far too busy and detached from nature, they hardly notice! but a macro lens sees things the naked eye cannot, magnifying and enlarging these lovely British Insects so we can see what weird and wonderful or funny looking characters they are and how quite scary they must appear to even smaller creatures…..
Look out Ladybird, he’s coming to get you!
 
Aeshna mixta Dragonfly
 
Taking time out……
 
But…..
As nice and instantly appealing as some wildlife creatures are they all seem to have a dark side or is that just nature, like human nature?
Take for instance the lovely Robin Red Breast…
 
“Robins are territorial all year round; during the spring and summer this territoriality is for breeding, but at other times individual robins hold territories for feeding. Robins will defend their territories to the death, and so in the poem “Who killed Cock Robin?”, another Robin rather than a sparrow would be more likely:”
 
Who killed Cock Robin?
I said the Sparrow,
With my bow and arrow,
And I killed Cock Robin.
 
At least this one had some food available from which to feed rather than making himself busy pecking out my eyes!!! Although this fellow does seem to be looking at me somewhat haughtily.
 
Erithacus rubecula
 
What about spiders, we all know what they are capable of but their web buildings skills are astounding so we can let them off for having a killer instinct and methods which make Hannibal Lecter look like a pussy cat compared, in saying that pussy cats can be downright nasty too!
 
Garden Spider – Araneus diadematus
 
Sounds like this post is dwelling too much on the negative sides of British Insects and wildlife, is that politically correct or should we say they are all beautiful harmless beasts just caught up in a world full of war and inconsolable grief?
This guy is vegetarian!
 
Hover fly gathering pollen or some such substance
 
And what drives them to kill, is it for fun as with some members of the human race who choose to amuse themselves in this sick and ghastly way or is it out of necessity, me thinks the latter. Basic instinct to survive, unlike humans they don’t have a lot of time on their hands of which to entertain themselves spending most of it like much of the animal kingdom looking for food.

And lastly, to finish on a warmer and more positive note what harm did the butterflies ever do….

Well maybe no harm but they have been known to have some bad habits…..as the website Butterfly Conservation has discovered.

purple emperor british insects
Apatura iris – Purple Emperor feeding on dogshit
 
purple emperor british insects
Polyommatus icarus – Common blue feeding on horse shit
 
Anyway aside from the somewhat unorthodox eating habits of the butterflies I will leave you with slightly more aesthetically pleasing images of lepidoptera.
 
Inachis io – Peacock Butterfly
 
Peacock underside
 
Gonepteryx rhamni – Female Brimstone Butterfly
 
 

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2 Responses

  1. Gary O'Connor
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    Stunning as usual mate. Back in the UK then? How is it and when's / where's the next trip?

    I splashed out on a macro lens recently, you'll find some shots on my blog and a link to my Tumblr with more. Getting the hang of it, but the depth of field thing is very tricky.

    Hope you're happy and well, keep those blog posts coming.

  2. Senad R
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    Great macros!

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