I’ve had these macro photographs taken at Ramsdown and Sopley common from June, waiting for me to get round to adding a post for them. So this post is slightly out of order with the other recent shot posts.
I visited both Ramsdown and Sopley Common on a Saturday in June. They’re opposite each other near Hurn Village in Dorset.
My first site was Ramsdown where I was lucky enough to capture a patient scare female darter (Libellula fulva) on my Canon 100mm Macro Lens. Thanks to the guys on ukdragonflies.com for identifying it for me. I was also lucky enough to win their July photo competition with this shot.
Later I visited Sopley Common where I shot some Silver Studded Blue butterflies and also came across a red crab spider with a captured butterfly as its prey.
This Silver Studded Blue I caught amongst the heather on my 100mm ISO 400 – F8 with Flash, and then got closer with this next shot.
Which I took on my Canon MPE-65mm – ISO 400 – F11 with Flash.
Then towards the end of the day I thought I’d found a very docile one and got closer to it with my MPE-65mm again.
However it’s sad expression alludes to it’s condition. (F11 ISO 400 – Flash) This little female blue, is dead. It’s been caught by a red crab spider disguised in the heather.
Another (F11 – ISO 400 Flash) MPE-65mm image of the dead butterfly. The ability of the crab spiders to camouflage themselves with the flowers they hide in is illustrated quite well I think, with these two shots, showing how it’s colouring blends in with the red heather.
Both this and the one below taken on the Canon MPE-65mm lens at F11 with flash.
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