Mating damselflies & a Bee Orchid

For a while now I have been trying unsuccessfully to photo mating damselflies, until yesterday and the success could be attributable to a visiting a different section of Blashford Lakes nature reserve to the recent norm. This time around chose to walk the paths that take you to the Goosander and Lapwing Hides.

Managed to photo not 1 but 2 types of damselflies mating. First a pair of Common Blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum)

Mating Common Blue Damselflies
Mating Common Blue Damselflies
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Image cropped

and secondly a pair of mating Azure Damselflies (Coenagrion puella)

Mating Azure Damselflies
Mating Azure Damselflies
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Tripod & Ball Head Image cropped

The choice proved good for another reason as well, finding this Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera).

Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Tripod & Ball Head

Bee Orchid (2)
Bee Orchid (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Tripod & Ball Head

Here are a few other shots from the visit.

This Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) appears to be a bit shocked to find me taking it’s photo.

Whose that?
Whose that?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

Two unusual looking caterpillars, although not entirely convinced the second is a caterpillar.

Unidentified caterpillar
Unidentified caterpillar
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6. Tripod & Ball Head. Image cropped

Caterpillar?
Caterpillar?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Tripod & Ball Head. Image cropped

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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