Hot Day at Pingall

On a scorching hot Sunday the 7th July I went to Pignal Inclosure in the New Forest in the hope of finding some Silver-Wash Fritillary butterflies to photograph.  However the heat and sun was making all the butterflies and insects hyperactive, and was unable to get any to pose like last year.  However I did manage to get some insects to pause for a shot, and laterly a toad that was hoping across the paths.

Firstly a shot of a posing female keeled-skimmer of which there were several about on the day.

Female Keeled Skimmer
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Female Keeled Skimmer
 Female Keeled Skimmer.   Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/200.  Natural Light.

Then  fairy-ring longhorn beetle which was busy getting nectar from a flower.

Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO400)
Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle
Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle.   Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/400.  Natural Light.

There were also lots of Large Skippers about, this next one posing on a thistle was my best attempt at them.

Large Skipper - slight crop
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO400)
Large Skipper – slight crop
Large Skipper.   Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/320.  Natural Light. (Slight Crop).

Then I spotted these wood ants carting a dead woodlouse across the path, I presume towards their nest.

Wood ants with dead woodlouse
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Wood ants with dead woodlouse
Wood ants with dead woodlouse. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F7.1 1/125.  Natural Light.

Finally a couple of shots of the toad that posed.

Toad with fly on head
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Toad with fly on head
Toad with fly on head.   Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/200.  Flash from Camera.

Toad.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Toad.
Toad.   Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/200.  Flash from Camera.

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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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