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07-12-2017, 03:43 PM - 4 Likes   #106
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Hover fly

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QuoteOriginally posted by dronegeek Quote
This rather large specimen (2.5 to 3 inches) landed on the ceiling of our covered patio trying to get out the wicked winds we are experiencing today.
Swamp Darner, if I'm not mistaken!
Migratory Dragonflies » MDP - Identification Guides

Very cool.

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this guy sat in one place forever

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it allowed me to walk up close to it ( yes, I moved my feet - a old fashion zoom )

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walk behind it

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and around it

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and it even stayed there while I mentioned to a young lady with her children its location so they could walk up to it before it flew away

K 3 + DA L 55 - 300 mm

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
this guy sat in one place forever


and it even stayed there while I mentioned to a young lady with her children its location so they could walk up to it before it flew away

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Was it cool or overcast? Monarchs seem to be very restless otherwise. I'm seeing more Monarchs this year than in recent memory. People, municipalities and states are planting more flowers and mowing less along roads. It seems to be working in the US - hopefully Mexico succeeds in their efforts, too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Was it cool or overcast? Monarchs seem to be very restless otherwise. I'm seeing more Monarchs this year than in recent memory. People, municipalities and states are planting more flowers and mowing less along roads. It seems to be working in the US - hopefully Mexico succeeds in their efforts, too.
much cooler than three days ago and over cast as well

slight sprinkles off and on while I was there but not when I photographed the butterfly

I agree conservation efforts must be made where they live and breed and hatch a weak link at any stage will doom them

I never noticed the "hair like" feature on the back before

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Japanese Beetle having a stretch on one of our Coneflowers.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/XbDBVK]

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examples of " reaching into " the photo by cropping and pp

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a possible useful app

All you have to do, they say, is whip out your smartphone and download the iNaturalist app. Created by the California Academy of Sciences, iNaturalist allows anyone to take a picture of an animal (or plant or fungi or whatever) and make an attempt to identify it. Then others, including experts, weigh in on whether your ID is correct or not. Think of it as a bit like Pokémon Go, only you’re trying to “catch” real creatures instead of Charizards and Vaporeons.
On the day of the eclipse, theapp will feature a special drawdown menu that allows you to record observations leading up to, during, and after the astronomical event. Simply keep an eye out for any interesting or unusual behavior and snap a few pics while you enjoy the show

Do eclipses drive animals wild? Here’s how you can help scientists find out. - The Washington Post
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a series


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this bee didn't take long but it was certainly thorough as it started at the bottom and wound its way up and down the blossoms

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A couple of "whites":

The humble Cabbage White - the "house sparrow" of butterflies

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Checkered White

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another series

same dragon fly

same camera and lens

slightly different angles on 1

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K 3 + HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

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Nice! Blue Dashers are great subjects, they tend to come back to perches so you can wait for them.
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