Butterfly Robbery by Dragonfly!

On the 1st July, I visited Higher Hyde Heath again to see what was around, mainly on the damselfly front, with the hope of spotting some other interesting bugs.  The visit started well as I went round the top lake to find again several damselflies out and about.

I was please to see this Emerald damselfly, which was nice enough to post still, so I was able to shoot 3 seperate F4 photographs, and then stack them later on in Photoshop to achieve a nice depth of field, whilst still getting a nicely blurred background to the shot.

Emerald Damselfly
Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/4, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Emerald Damselfly
3 Shots stacked of an Emerald Damselfly.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4 1/250.  Natural Light with Tripod.

Nearby I found this ( probably Azure Damselfly) on a grass stalk.  I got up close and personal taking this macro photo with my close up lens – the MPE-65mm at about 2:1.

Damsel up Close
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Damsel up Close
Damsel up Close. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex macro flash.

Nearby on some gorse was some blackfly aphids, which were being attended to by some ants.   I set up my tripod and took the next shot of this single ant tending its aphid “cows”.

Red Ant tending to Aphids on Gorse
Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO400)
Red Ant tending to Aphids on Gorse
Red Ant tending to Aphids on Gorse.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/60.  Natural Light with Tripod.

And on finally to the title of this article…moving down to the bottom pond on the reserve, I noticed some Silver-studded blue butterflies on the nearby heather clumps.  Attempting to get close to a good looking individual proved fatal to my chances of a shot, and literally to the butterfly.  It flew off into the air, and as I turned to look to see where it went, Whooomph! a dragon took it in mid air!  This is the culprit – a keeled skimmer – seen here munching its prey.

Keeled Skimmer with Butterfly Prey
Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Keeled Skimmer with Butterfly Prey
Keeled Skimmer with Butterfly Prey.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F7.1 1/250.  Natural Light.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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