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07-25-2022, 12:29 PM - 1 Like   #1066
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While looking at bumble bees I have seen a snowberry clearwing in one spot. I usually get an ok photo before it disappears for the day. Today I saw 2 and managed photos I am happy with. I was hoping for another possible rusty patched bumble bee. I think this has to be one.





Last year the brown belted was dominant. This year the black and gold is dominant with many 2 spotted. The brown and European are present. others are still rare.

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QuoteOriginally posted by swanlefitte Quote
While looking at bumble bees I have seen a snowberry clearwing in one spot. I usually get an ok photo before it disappears for the day. Today I saw 2 and managed photos I am happy with. I was hoping for another possible rusty patched bumble bee. I think this has to be one.





Last year the brown belted was dominant. This year the black and gold is dominant with many 2 spotted. The brown and European are present. others are still rare.
Looks like B. affinis to me.

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Looks like B. affinis to me.
It was posted on inaturalist during the backyard bumblebee count. From the experts who are watching closely, it cannot be confirmed or denied. I have only 6 verified bombus but probably have a lemon cucko soon and this.
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Common, colorful, but tiny little fly. This is the best of about 15 images I took. Most of them were DELETES for either missed focus or especially blur. I keep thinking I can use ambient light, but really for this type of macro using flash is the only sure way to avoid many image DELETES because of blur.
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an immature assassin bug (I believe)

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Here is a video of a cicada emerging and pumping up it's wings. I gave it the opportunity to climb from the chain link fence to a stick so I could relocate and better document the process.

The video is composed of several videos spiced together. The total shooting time was about 1:15 over a span of 1:45. I I batch edited about 139,000 frames and re-encoded most of the video at 120fps to shorten the watching time to 19 minutes.

The light was relatively low. It was shot using my K-1 and 200mm last summer. I was unable to get any usable footage in the low light using a K-3 III. That may or may not be the camera's fault.

This is one of my few efforts at video, and it shows. Go easy on me! I hope you find the metamorphasis interesting.

Due to file size (medium quality > 3GB) I was unable to upload the video to flickr, so it is on my Google drive. As it takes up a fair bit of the free drive space, It will only be there until I need the space for something else. Xpost

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The fly in the second image is right at my size limit for working in the field. It's less than 3mm long..
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