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The Prehistoric Alderfly

By Ade_Osman    
No fly fisherman of any quality would be without an imitation of one of these in his tackle box.....Belonging to megalopteran insects of the family Sialidae, They are closely related to the dobsonflies and fishflies as well as to the prehistoric Euchauliodidae, be careful of the Larvae as they bite and are carniverous!

The Alder Fly is a large, sluggish insect often found on vegetation near to water. The larvae are aquatic carnivores that live in the silt at the bottom of ponds and slow-flowing rivers. Adults are seen in early summer, emerging in large numbers and living for just for a few days in order to mate. Mating takes place at night and the females lay their eggs on overhanging vegetation. The larvae hatch and drop into the water where they develop over one to two years.

I could only just about fit this one into the frame using the MP-E65mm although I still managed to rather annoyingly crop the end of the antennae off Sad V2 shows the insect in better detail, but was taken in the home studio, where as V1 was taken in the field and was an absolute swine to set up as it was an 8 image stack.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments made on yesterdays image of a Damselfly and To Kev (Goodley) for his much unexpected award.......Hope you enjoy looking at this fella......Ade

Tags: Insects General Flies Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature Alderfly

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CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
24 Apr 2012 6:23AM
Not a very pretty critter, Ade, his wings look like old stained glass. Superbly captured and presented, of course Smile Carol
zapar40 12 66 5 Wales
24 Apr 2012 6:25AM
Lovely detail Ade.
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
24 Apr 2012 6:25AM
All insects are pretty in there own way of course, but you know how I just love the things.......

ugly Plus
14 9 58 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 6:31AM
V1 for me here...
He looks like he in the right place and happy and his green stem.
Very nice comp..

Andysnapper 14 109 25 England
24 Apr 2012 6:38AM
Definitely a prehistoric look to it mate. A couple of great shots with fantastic detail.

Glyn1 13 4 1 England
24 Apr 2012 6:43AM
Excellent work again Ade.

24 Apr 2012 7:15AM
Cracking detail especially in v2 Ade. Glad you posted this as i saw a couple along a canal towpath last week and didn't know what they were.
canonfan 12 7 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 7:18AM
Excellent capture. Fine detail. V1 for me
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.0k 162 England
24 Apr 2012 7:40AM
I don't think I've met any larva that doesn't bite! TongueGrin.

Lovely glassy wing detail, Ade. Definitely an enjoyable education lesson logging in to your images - as long as we don't get an end-of-term test Grin

24 Apr 2012 7:55AM
Excellent images Ade, lovely wing detail.

Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
24 Apr 2012 8:10AM
Tremendous pin sharp detail in these Ade, the clicks ought to fly in for them
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 8:18AM
Great wing detail with the green showing through from the stem, super detail as always and interesting info too - Carole
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
24 Apr 2012 8:20AM
Excellent detail and information Ade, knowledgeable about your subjects !!
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
24 Apr 2012 9:14AM

Quote:Excellent detail and information Ade, knowledgeable about your subjects !!

I do an awful lot of reading and studying of them Ron, plus I've always had an interest ever since I was a kid.....The wife reckons I just soak up data Tongue I'm pretty clued up on British wildlife generally, but I've always had a soft spot for insects, life's born survivors. They were here long before we were and they'll be here long after we've gone, probably clearing up the mess we've left behind!!!

Thanks for yours and everyone else's comments mate........

Briwooly 16 454 6 England
24 Apr 2012 9:31AM
V1 might have been a swine to set up Ade but well worth it excellent

morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 9:42AM
Excellent image, very nicely captured, superb detail.

SlowSong Plus
13 10.3k 30 England
24 Apr 2012 9:52AM
Yuk - ugly creatures. I'm glad they're put to good use, foodwise and photographically. Smile
11 5.3k 128 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 10:57AM
A quite ugly little capture, but your photographic talent, had managed to turn an ugly bug into a beautiful bug, Version 1 along with your very interesting narrative gets my vote for today,

Regards Nathan
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
24 Apr 2012 11:12AM
Excellent capture Ade.
Mendipman 11 3 England
24 Apr 2012 12:41PM
Superb couple of shots Ade, the detail is excellent, must keep an eye out for one of these. Smile

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
24 Apr 2012 1:00PM
Yes Ade,the poor fella was at the back of the queue when the good looks were handed out,
but incredible detail here.
Excellent shots.
carper123 10 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 1:09PM
fantastic image Ade (v1) the wing detail is awesome, viewed the picture in portrait mode, i think it looks even better.
Well done
Richsr 15 91 223 England
24 Apr 2012 1:16PM
Good details and info Ade.
regards Richard
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
24 Apr 2012 1:53PM
Enjoyed-- the details are amazing-- test and images!
TonyDy Plus
13 55 3 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 1:54PM
Two great shots, Ade.
achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
24 Apr 2012 2:34PM
Great patience and skill again Ade.


Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 3:47PM
Certainly a very sharp little fella Ade
love your devotion in all the macro 'thingies' you take
always so detailed
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
24 Apr 2012 3:54PM
What incredibly beautiful wings!! You really get their magnificence in V2. Super captures, Ade. The wings themselves have something prehistoric about them. I once saw this jungle cockroach which looked really armoured and hardcore and nothing at all like the house cockroach. And I imagined that prehistoric cockroaches must've looked like that.

Fantastic upload, this.

JohnoP 16 2
24 Apr 2012 6:37PM
Poor little mite - despite being ugly someone has to love him! Great macro work as always Ade - not only do I enjoy seeing the complexity of each insect in your work, but I also thoroughly enjoy the entomology lessons! John
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 6:52PM
Its great Ade as all your macro shots areSmileSmile Well done again and thanks for the infoSmile
annettep38 11 221 43 Luxembourg
24 Apr 2012 8:33PM
amazing detail. I think the wings were made by tiffany!
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 7:14PM
A lovely capture in v1 SmileSmile

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