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Hover Fly?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by thewoodlands, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    These things would fly to a sunny area hover for a while then take off, wish I could have taken a better picture.

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  2. begreen

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    Not sure what it is, but it's big. June bug?

    Set the camera to shutter speed preferred and bump up the shutterspeed to 1/250 to freeze the motion.
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    Looks a soul exiting a body ::-)
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    Can't tell scale (or a lot else) from those pics, but fireflies (of which there are many species) are crepuscular winged beetles with bioluminescence. The ones I'm most familiar with (from my time living in Virginia) typically fly with that slow hovering behavior...makes them very easy to catch a jar full. It was interesting to watch their behavior through the annual cycle...first when it warmed in the spring a few blinking low in the bushes, and by later in the hot summer gobs of them way up in the trees. At our weekend place out on the Shenandoah River, where there were no lights around, the fireflies would put on a pretty spectacular show. Dunno if that's what you've got here...seems like if it was this wouldn't be the first time you've seen them. Rick
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    Alien reconnaissance drones.
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  6. thewoodlands

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    Not a Junebug, they reminded me of a hummingbird, hover then 0-60 in 1.5 seconds. I'll see if I can change the shutter speed.

    The back of these things, once they hovered in the sun started to glow like the sun. In the first picture you can see the orange glow.

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  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Thought it looked pretty big...the "luminosity" must be an artifact of the photos. Behavior sounds just like a Hummingbird.
  8. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Hummingbird Nest Documentary.

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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Hummingbirds are fascinating. They hold a lot of records, among the little birds in the >350 identified species. The smallest bird known is a Hummingbird, and Hummingbirds...in addition to being able to hover in mid-air...are the only birds known to be able to fly backwards. They are really quite amazing little creatures in a whole lot of ways. Some of them have brilliantly iridescent feather coloring that will pick up the sun's light like in your pics. Rick
  10. ScotO

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    neat pictures Zap. Not sure what the hell that is, but I am impressed you even got a picture of it.

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