Two days of bug hunting for me now , Firstly a morning shooting anything i can find along the Whixall Moss reserve :) a lovely warm day and there should be loads to shoot .
First subject is a St Marks fly aka March fly , Biblio species.
black and hairy with shiny body makes for a difficult exposure on these flies .
Waking along the canal bank i have just spotted a Spotted eye Dronefly, Eristalinus sepulchralis . i very rarely see these , there are 2 species, one lives in coastal areas whereas this species is found mainly in marshy areas.
i manage to get just a couple of frames before it disappears .
On to the mosses and i quickly spot a large Adder , but it was too quick for me !!!!!
A Large Red Damselfly perched near where i usually find the Green Hairstreaks.
Its a bit dull but a couple of Green Hairstreaks are flying.
I am now at the far end along the canal bank on the boardwalk section, hopefully to find a few Raft Spiders on the pools.
I cant believe what i have just found! an Emperor Moth , i have never seen one of these before.
Here is a Raft Spider, Dolomedes Fimbriatus. Time to put the mpe-65 macro lens on
Just come out of the water
A Brimstone feeding on the canal bank
And a Speckled Wood
Noisy creatures lol
The end of a great morning , Dragon hunting next