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Alien Invasion

By mandarinkay
Taken at around 2pm today in our back garden, this dragonfly lava case was on the wire mesh we have around our fishpond to stop the herons stealing any more of our fish. We took some pics in situ, then carefully removed it and placed it on a water iris leaf ... holding our breath as we did so in case it crumbled! Took a while .... but with a bit of patience, we succeeded! I thought a triptych would be nice .... the first 1 on the left was looking straight down on it while still on the mesh, the other 2 after moving it to the leaf. Not sure how long it had been there un-noticed, just feel it is a shame we never witnessed the emerging dragonfly! It amazed us how perfect the case is, the hole it emerged from is on the back just behind the head, hopefully after the upload that will still be just about noticeable! Only 1 of these shots was taken without a tripod, and i am so chuffed it came out as clear as it has as I am not at all steady. Can you tell which one that was???? Thanks for all previous comments, seems my bull wasnt all that big a hit which is a tad disappointing but hey ho ... onward and upward! Thanks for stopping by and please feel free as always ... to give advice etc .. All gratefully recieved and appreciated. Take care all,
Karen xxx

Tags: Bugs Insects Dragonfly Close-up and macro Lava Wildlife and nature

Voters: imander, SueWB, Badgerfred and 20 more

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7 Sep 2007 5:58PM
Damn! Looking at it now after upload ... seems to have lost a little detail and some of it's colour ... have never seen that happen to the colour before! Oh dear!
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 6:31PM
its a cracking set of shots,very well done
7 Sep 2007 7:09PM
Three very nice images, all have some nice detail,
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
7 Sep 2007 7:14PM
Its a great compilation

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 8:40PM
Great set of shots..amazing detail.
Wibbles 14 1 England
7 Sep 2007 10:54PM
Oooh, this little lovely reminds me of the movie 'A Bugs Life' - love what you've done here!
7 Sep 2007 11:19PM
Fantastic.I think the left and top right are best. If you still have it take another shot,but real close,of the head and eye pods. Ray .
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Sep 2007 2:08AM
Ohhhhh! Karen, I am so envious, I have always wanted to see one of these--

Yours are wonderful-- Thanks so much for posting these fantastic images!

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2007 5:18AM
top shot Karen, lovely presentation
bricurtis Plus
15 2.5k 51 England
8 Sep 2007 10:17AM
We never saw the original colour Karen so only you know what it lacks. I like the way you have presented and shown this larva case.I found one -never even thought of taking a pic.
I would hazard a guess - bottom right.
imagio 14 12 1 England
8 Sep 2007 4:07PM

wyatturp 15 2 England
8 Sep 2007 8:49PM

Pegon 15 78 1 England
8 Sep 2007 10:14PM
Cracking shots Karen, nicely put together.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2007 10:14PM
Excellent collection of close-ups! I like the presentation.

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
10 Sep 2007 4:29PM
Fabulous set of images, nicely put together.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
12 Sep 2007 3:54PM
Well presented, Spot on! Click!!!

alfpics Plus
19 374 4 England
22 Feb 2008 9:41AM
Well done!

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