A Broad-bodied Chaser and other close up photo’s

This weekend saw my 1st ever visit to Wootton Coppice Inclosure in the New Forest,  which according to Alan Thornbury’s blog has a habitat that is mixed woodland with flower rich rides and meadows, and has a good population of Silver-washed Fritillary, along with small breeding colonies of Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillary.

It is too early for the Silver-washed, and on this occasion I did not see any of the other butterfly species cited above. There were several Brimstones and the occasional Speckled-Wood butterflies about, mainly upon the wing. All in all there was little in the way of insect photograph opportunities, the only highlight being this very fresh Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) dragonfly.

Landscape shot

Broad-bodied Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F11.

Portrait shot

Broad-bodied Chaser portrait
Broad-bodied Chaser portrait

 Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F11.

The next set of close-ups are from a different location on the following day, the local reserve Blashford Lakes, and retaining the dragonfly theme in the beginning here are a selection of damsel head shots.

Honestly I'm Harmless!
Honestly I’m Harmless!

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F11.

Damselfly head shot
Damselfly head shot

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F11.

Laughter Boy
Laughter Boy

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F11.

Now some flies.

A Male Scorpion fly (Mecoptera), and this profile shot clearly shows why they have the name.

Male Scorpion Fly
Male Scorpion Fly

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F8.

a head shot as well

Male Scorpion Fly head shot
Male Scorpion Fly head shot

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F8.

If I have ID this one right it is a Green Pied Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)

Green Pied Hoverfly
Green Pied Hoverfly

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F8.

A Lesser Housefly (Fannidae)

Lesser Housefly
Lesser Housefly

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 at F11.

The last of the post is the smallest insect of the lot, a Common Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana) micro moth.

Common Nettle-tap micro moth
Common Nettle-tap micro moth

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens on Telescopic Auto Tube 65–116 + Olympus 25mm extension tube at F8.

 

Wootton Coppice Inclosure

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Blashford Lakes map

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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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