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Winning Photographs 2008

© Jean Paterson

Translucent in the sunshine, a mayfly on a fence post, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Translucent in the sunshine, a mayfly on a fence post, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Kenny Crooks

Ringlet, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Ringlet, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Peter Tilley

On the road again! Great green bush cricket, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

On the road again! Great green bush cricket, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ruth Siller

Juvenile vegetable bug on passion fruit in Croatia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Juvenile vegetable bug on passion fruit in Croatia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Chris Avery

Ephemera vulgata: heading for an uncertain future, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Ephemera vulgata: heading for an uncertain future, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ian Beddison

Bombus on buddleia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Bombus on buddleia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Stan Maddams

Common mayfly by River Stour, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Common mayfly by River Stour, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Claire Waring

On guard! Worker honey bees, Apis mellifera, protect their nest, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

On guard! Worker honey bees, Apis mellifera, protect their nest, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Kenny Crooks

Peacock butterfly, Aglais io, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Peacock butterfly, Aglais io, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Stuart Crofts

Adult caddisfly, Philopotamus montanus, Runner up 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Adult caddisfly, Philopotamus montanus, Runner up 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Mark Pike

Mayfly, Runner up in 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly, Runner up in 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Tim Fanshawe

Large red damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Large red damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Danny Beath

Fritillary butterfly, Melitaea sp., feeding on knapweed, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Fritillary butterfly, Melitaea sp., feeding on knapweed, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Greg Hitchcock

Soldier beetle on sentry duty, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Soldier beetle on sentry duty, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ian Phillips

Small skipper butterfly, Thymelicus sylvestris, nectaring, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Small skipper butterfly, Thymelicus sylvestris, nectaring, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Stuart Crofts

Adult caddisfly, Odontocerum albicorne. Third Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Adult caddisfly, Odontocerum albicorne. Third Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© James McGovern

Grasshopper resting in the undergrowth, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Grasshopper resting in the undergrowth, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Emma Houston

Dragonfly ready for take-off, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Dragonfly ready for take-off, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Gary Cox

Southern hawker dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea, emerging from nymph, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Southern hawker dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea, emerging from nymph, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Jean Paterson

Mayfly rests, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly rests, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© John Young

Male four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Male four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© John Young

Marbled white butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Marbled white butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Colin Ebd

Mayfly on iris bud, First Prize in riverfly category and Commended in adult category 2008 NIW Photography Competition

Mayfly on iris bud, First Prize in riverfly category and Commended in adult category 2008 NIW Photography Competition
© Peter Tilley

Great green bush cricket, Tettigonia viridissima, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Great green bush cricket, Tettigonia viridissima, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Peter White

"En garde" bee-fly, Bombylius major, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

© Tim Daish

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, perching, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, perching, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Greg Hitchcock

Solitary bee, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Solitary bee, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Sarah-Fiona Helme

Fly (Muscidae) resting on leaf, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Fly (Muscidae) resting on leaf, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Sophie Shapter

Honey bees, Apis mellifera, collecting nectar, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Honey bees, Apis mellifera, collecting nectar, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Paul Beardwood

Bumblebee in flight, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Bumblebee in flight, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ruth Siller

Grasshopper camouflaged on dead leaves in Croatia, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Grasshopper camouflaged on dead leaves in Croatia, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Tessa Kohn-Speyer

Praying mantis in a sunflower field, First Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Praying mantis in a sunflower field, First Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Jean Paterson

Soft body of a caddis fly larva, Joint Third Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Soft body of a caddis fly larva, Joint Third Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Richard Siller

Hoverfly settling on wild orchid, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Hoverfly settling on wild orchid, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Mary Baker

Gray hairstreak butterfly, Strymon melinus, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Gray hairstreak butterfly, Strymon melinus, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Jenny McGowan

Gendarme firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Gendarme firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Peter Tilley

Shy black beetle departs as a pair of soldier beetles, Rhagonycha fulva, mate, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Shy black beetle departs as a pair of soldier beetles, Rhagonycha fulva, mate, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Samantha Howse

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, by water lilies, First Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, by water lilies, First Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Kenny Cro

Mayfly, Specially Commended in riverfly category and Commended in adult category 2008 NIW Photography Competition

Mayfly, Specially Commended in riverfly category and Commended in adult category 2008 NIW Photography Competition
© Peter White

Ruby-tailed wasp, Chrysis ignita. Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Ruby-tailed wasp, Chrysis ignita. Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Stan Maddams

Common mayfly on River Stour, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Common mayfly on River Stour, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Samuel Baylis

Fritillary butterflies on umbellifer, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Fritillary butterflies on umbellifer, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Did you know?

Most sophisticated communicators

The honeybee waggledance can communicate the distance and direction of a good patch of nectar flowers.

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