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On The Nature Trail

On The Nature Trail
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 29 N: 315] (1708)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-03
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 20-40 f2.8 EX DG Aspherical, Hoya Skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/315 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-23 4:30
Viewed: 2257
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another from the College lake nature trails at Bulbourne. College lake is a former quarry, which has been transformed over the years into a nature reseve. The field Scabious are very common along the trail. Burnets are also very common at College lake. This shot also captures another visitor that I can't identify.
I was at the lake to do some landscape photography, so didn't have my macro lens to hand. I made do with the 20-40mm as the Burnet doesn't mind a lens hovering overhead!
Looking at the image now, I'm thinking I should have stepped up to f9 or maybe more. what are your thoughts?

The Burnet notes are from Wikipedia.

The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe.

The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.

The larva is plump and hairy with variable markings, usually pale green with rows of black spots. It pupates in a papery cocoon attached to foliage.

These notes are from www.crocus.co.uk

Knautia arvensis
field scabious

Flowering period: July to September
Flower colour: bluish-lilac

Bluish-lilac, honeycomb-like flowerheads on slender stems from July to September and hairy, dull green leaves. This beautiful native field scabious was once used to treat scabies and other skin ailments - hence its common name. Highly attractive to butterflies and bees, it's perfect for naturalising in a sunny wildflower garden, mixed or herbaceous border.

Thanks for looking.

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Super post Alan,

The different of size is impressive between both insects. Simple and effective composition with perfect DOF for a crystal clear shot and beautiful background.
Well done,

Hi Alan,
Semi transparent colorful wings of the insect makes a pleasing composition.great.

  • Great 
  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2010-07-23 10:53]

Beautiful photo, well composed, the butterfly is sharp and the second insect is a bonus, well done

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