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By CarolG  
Spotted the odd scorpionfly in the garden recently, they usually don't make an appearance here until April.

My visit to the orthopaedist yesterday didnít go as well as expected. He told me that four of my lower discs were very badly eroded, but that there was no surgical treatment that would help. He has prescribed yet more tablets, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and painkillers, and I have to return in three weeks to see if the tablets have offered any form of relief. I am still unable to sit for any length of time, so apologise for not being able to return to ePZ in full strength, as I had hoped.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Scorpionfly Wildlife and nature

Voters: cabbie, KarenFB, Andysnapper and 66 more


Andysnapper 11 109 25 England
5 Feb 2015 6:31AM
A very peculiar looking creature but a brilliant series of shots. Lovely work Carol.

Sorry to hear about the bad back, its a horrible problem to have, very debilitating.


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4. sensational beautiful images with lovely light and stunning colours.brilliant SmileSmileSmileSmile
Sorry to hear about the bad back SadSad
dven Plus
14 42 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:03AM
Stunning detail Carol I see you are still using that little Lumix

ade123 Plus
7 285 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:08AM
Brilliant images Carol superb detail and colours.
Sorry to hear about the news on the back.

5 Feb 2015 7:12AM
V1 special +++ Carol a pleasure to view not he best of news lets hope some comfort can be gained with the medication

SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:14AM
Fantastic captures and sorry to hear you didn't get very far about your back.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
5 Feb 2015 7:22AM
Lovely lighting and catchlight in v1, Carol and the head is well isolated against the dark.

LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:34AM
Three fine portraits of this well named beastie.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:44AM
What a character he looks
Walt Disney needs his services.....
liarsdance 5 633 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:49AM
Super sharp and brilliantly lit images Smile

Sorry the outcome of your investigations wasn't as you'd hoped
5 Feb 2015 8:02AM
Fine set Carol, sorry to hear the bad news,
Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:35AM
Wonderfully detailed set of images of this little bug. Your back trouble sound so painful, hope this new tablets will give a little more relief. Sad
10 10 10 England
5 Feb 2015 8:37AM
Oh dear, not the news you wanted to hear Carol. Sad Your ability to take good images seems to be intact though. Smile
IainHamer Plus
14 13 4 England
5 Feb 2015 8:37AM
Lovely light well captured macro shots of a strange but lovely insect. Does it do what it's namesake does sting it's food or is a defence mechanism?


ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
5 Feb 2015 8:38AM
Fearsome looking creature!
Nicely taken.

Maybe some sort of support would help a bit, Carol?
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:55AM
A new one on me Carol, and superbly captured, especially like V3 showing what would be a stinger in a scorpion.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 10:01AM
So sorry to hear the news about your back Carol.

That's one awesome looking critter, so well capturedSmile

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 10:05AM
V1 for me, Carol, but did you tell him that he wasnt due to appear yet? I don't know whether that's a good or a bad sign, but I suppose insects are getting confused by the unpredictrable weather, just like the flowers.
I was so sorry to hear your disappointing news, and hope there is some way that you can be made to feel more comfortable.
richmowil Plus
11 392 2 England
5 Feb 2015 10:07AM
V1 is exceptional Carol - great set of fine images.
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 14 England
5 Feb 2015 10:18AM
An interesting looking fly, Carol, three good 'uns, but go for V3 as my fave Smile
But, oh dear, bad news about the back, let's hope they can provide you with some relief Sad
Trev Smile
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 11:07AM
Almost Alien like. Great photography, beautifully presented Carol.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
5 Feb 2015 11:16AM
An excellent Scorpion Fly, Carol. Hope the future visit will bring better news Grin
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 11:18AM
Great macros, Carol. Sorry you didn't get sorted yesterday - hope the tablets work.
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 11:36AM
V1 for me Carol - superb image even if the Scorpionfly looks quite scary!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Three excellent macro shots Carol, V1 is my favorite today. SmileSmileSmile
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
5 Feb 2015 12:54PM
Not so good news for you Carol,
but a good set of pics !!
prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
5 Feb 2015 1:22PM
A fantastic set.

Do they often sting with their probe ?
5 Feb 2015 1:38PM
Great shots Carol, hope you get some relief soon for your bad back.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 4:02PM
What a beastie Carol!
Fantastic images...Some of your best! Never notice they really have a tail like a scorpion!
See, we get to learn everyday... GrinGrinGrin
Darling I hope you get some relief for your back... Sorry to hear you are still no better off...
Hope they can find some kind of solution...
Your little fella are blessed to have their best, life like, photographs taken by you, Carol - Raja.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:27PM
Amazing detailed shots.
So sorry the news wasn't any better and hope the painkillers help.
Fefe Plus
8 33 31 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:27PM
Sorry it wasnt better news Carol Sad
V1 is a beauty, love V3 tooSmile
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:35PM
All three are winning images Carol
Sorry your news wasn't better
Philip_H 8 315 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:52PM
A marvellous looking insect - looks like a flying seahorse! Grin

janlea 7 3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 6:31PM
A lovely set Carol, the detail in V1 is superb Smile
5 Feb 2015 7:19PM
Nicely captures Carol , great detail
Mike_Smith Plus
12 611 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:39PM
Three wonderful Macro captures Carol, sorry to hear of your problem, nothing worse than pain
cantona43 Plus
14 928 4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:40PM
three outstanding shots Carol,top class macro work
5 Feb 2015 9:06PM
Sorry your news was not what you wanted to hear Carol but hopefully the combination of drugs should give you some relief. Super shots. Love V3 showing the tail. Cathy
5 Feb 2015 9:22PM
Another superb set Carol, hope you will be out of pain soon..Lin
5 Feb 2015 10:57PM
Awesome Shots, Love'mSmileSmileSmilepaul
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
6 Feb 2015 5:27AM
Another great one

ali63 8 785 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 6:25PM
Great images Carol, so sorry to hear you didn't get good news fingers crossed the new pills will ease the problem

Ali Grin
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
7 Feb 2015 2:15PM
A terrific set Carol, v1 is awesome and the shadow adds so much

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