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After the rain - Geranium

Sony a6500, FE90 mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/320, ISO160

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A little splash of color

Los Angeles Arboretum, California
Sony A7RII, FE24-70 f/2.8 GM, 1/640, 70mm, ISO100

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+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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+Magali Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +*****
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Firecracker Skimmer

The flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) is a common dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to western North America.(wikipedia)

Craig Regional Park, Brea, California
Canon EOS 7DII, EF100-400II, f/8, 1/320, 400mm, ISO160

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+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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+Magy Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin
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The Roseate Skimmer

This is a widespread species that seems to invade new habitats and is capabale of readily expanding its range. It is found throughout the New World tropics, including the Bahamas, West Indies and Hawaii. It behaves similarly to many king skimmers (Libellula), foraging from the top of tall vegetation. It is an aggressive predator taking insects only slightly smaller than itself. Males will regularly and vigorously patrol territories averaging 10 m. Males use their abdomens to ward off intruding males by bending the tip downwards. They pursue females in flight, where mating takes place for an average of 10 sec. Oviposition by females takes an average of 1-3 minutes and is done by flicking the eggs along with water droplets towards the shoreline. The male guards the female during this time, often hovering close to her and bending the abdomen down, almost at a right angle, when numerous competing males are present. Two emergence peaks have been reported in Louisiana; one in the spring and a second one in the late summer to early fall. (http://www.odonatacentral.org)

Craig Regional Park, Brea, California
Canon 7DII, EF100-400 II, f/10, 1/500, 400mm, ISO125

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko
+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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+Magy Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin
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Blue Darter

Very shallow depth of field, so I couldn't get the entire body in focus. But I'm pleased with the eyes. Note to self: need to bring extension tube next time to get in closer!

Brea, California
Sony A7RII, EF100-400 II + 1.4X, 476mm, f/18, 1/1000, ISO1250

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko
+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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Sea Jelly

This seems like a relaxing picture for a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!

Watch Clip: https://youtu.be/szsVgyUu2EI


Canon 70D, Sigma 50 ART, f/1.4, 1/500, ISO100
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific


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+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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Poisonous Nature

Most predators have learned that the monarch butterfly makes a poisonous snack. The toxins from the monarch's milkweed diet have given the butterfly this defense. In either the caterpillar or butterfly stage the monarch needs no camouflage because it takes in toxins from the milkweed and is poisonous to predators. Many animals advertise their poisonous nature with bright colors... Just like the monarch!

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko
+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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Mourning Cloak refueling

Los Angeles Arboretum, California
Sony A7RII, Sigma 150-600C, 562mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO400

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko
+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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+Magy Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin
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Tattered and Torn

This Gulf Fritillary Butterfly looks a bit worn, but still very beautiful.
Have a fantastic Sunday everyone!

Los Angeles Arboretum, California

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko
+Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by
+Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik,
+Magy Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin
#Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen
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Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus praecox (common agapanthus,blue lily, African lily, or lily of the Nile) is a native of Natal and Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Local names for this species include agapant, bloulelie,isicakathi and ubani. Most of the cultivated plants of the genus Agapanthus are hybrids or cultivars of this species. The plant is reportedly naturalized in Great Britain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Eritrea,Ethiopia, St. Helena, Victoria, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Tristan da Cunha. (Wikipedia)

Sony A7RII, Sigma 50mm ART, f/2.0, 1/2500, ISO200

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#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro​​​​ . founded by +Rinus Bakker​​​​ , owned by
+Nancy Dempsey​​​​ ,curated by +Kenny Jones​​​​
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+Magy Duarte​​​​ & +Kailash Khedekar​​​​ , +Ruth Benjamin​​​​
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