Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Ringlet, Spotted Black Pigmy and Tumbling Flower Beetle

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Yesterday I returned to the Whiteways meadow to try out my old 105 micro-nikkor lens (purchased 1984) with a PK-13 extension tube which I believe provides x1.4 magnification. This is manual equipment. This is the highest magnification where I can still see the subject through the viewfinder so that I can manually focus at f/36. When I added an additional small extension tube, I could no longer see the subject at f/36. I could use a tripod, focus with the aperture wide open, then close down for the shot, but in the field I use a monopod. Some of the shots were in reasonable focus compared with my Sigma autofocus macro lens.
I was pleased to discover a tiny (approx 2mm) moth called a Spotted Black Pigmy. I got one shot before it flew off. This is a leaf miner moth - the larvae form mines in Oak leaves.
Like the leaf miner, the Tumbling Flower Beetle was also not sharp. Other Lepidoptera seen: Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Small Heath, Common Blue, Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Garden Grass-veneer, Straw Dot. The Peacock larvae have grown a lot since Saturday and are no longer in tight groups.
14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
Ant, Formica species
Blue Bottle Fly, Calliphora vomitoria
Chafer, Omaloplia ruricola
Common Beech nut, Fagus sylvatica
Common Carder Bumblebee, Bombus Pascuorum
Common Earwig, Forficula auricularia
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Deadly Nightshade, Atropa belladonna
False Oil Beetle, female, Oedemera nobilis
female Wolf spider with cocoon, Pardosa lugubris
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Grass fly, Chloropidae
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Jumping spider, Heliophanus flavipes
Kentish Snail, Monacha cantiana
Leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus species and Flea beetles, Chrysomelidae species
Marbled White taking off, Melanargia galathea
This is a typical view of a disappearing butterfly - they seem to know I am pressing the shutter button.
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Plant Bug, male, Leptopterna dolabrata
Mirid bug, Grypocoris stysi
Noon Fly, Mesembrina meridiana
Peacock larva, Inachis io
Peacock larvae
Red Bug nymph, Deraeocoris ruber
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Canon Powershot G9
Canon Powershot G9
female Sawfly, Xiphydria prolongata
male Scorpion fly, Panorpa species
Spotted Black Pigmy moth, Ectoedemia subbimaculella
Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis
 Flea beetles, Chrysomelidae species
Tumbling Flower Beetle, Anaspis maculata
White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
Woody Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

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