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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

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

Ringlet, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

<p>Ringlet, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Peter Tilley

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

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

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

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

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

<p><em>Ephemera vulgata</em>: heading for an uncertain future, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Ian Beddison

Bombus on buddleia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

<p><em>Bombus </em>on buddleia, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Stan Maddams

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

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

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

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

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

<p>Peacock butterfly, <em>Aglais io</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Stuart Crofts

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

<p>Adult caddisfly, <em>Philopotamus montanus</em>, Runner up 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category</p>
© Mark Pike

Mayfly, Runner up in 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

<p>Mayfly, Runner up in 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category</p>
© Tim Fanshawe

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

<p>Large red damselfly, <em>Pyrrhosoma nymphula</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Danny Beath

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

<p>Fritillary butterfly, <em>Melitaea sp.</em>, feeding on knapweed, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Greg Hitchcock

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

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

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

<p>Small skipper butterfly, <em>Thymelicus sylvestris</em>, nectaring, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Stuart Crofts

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

<p>Adult caddisfly, <em>Odontocerum albicorne</em>. Third Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category</p>
© James McGovern

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

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

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

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

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

<p>Southern hawker dragonfly, <em>Aeshna cyanea</em>, emerging from nymph, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Jean Paterson

Mayfly rests, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

<p>Mayfly rests, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category</p>
© John Young

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

<p>Male four-spotted chaser dragonfly, <em>Libellula quadrimaculata</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© John Young

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

<p>Marbled white butterfly, <em>Melanargia galathea</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Colin Ebd

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

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

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

<p>Great green bush cricket, <em>Tettigonia viridissima</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Peter White

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

Bombylius major, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

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© Tim Daish

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

<p>Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, <em>Libellula quadrimaculata</em>, perching, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Greg Hitchcock

Solitary bee, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

<p>Solitary bee, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Sarah-Fiona Helme

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

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

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

<p>Honey bees, <em>Apis mellifera</em>, collecting nectar, Specially Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category</p>
© Paul Beardwood

Bumblebee in flight, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category

<p>Bumblebee in flight, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Ruth Siller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<p>Gray hairstreak butterfly, <em>Strymon melinus</em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Jenny McGowan

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

<p>Gendarme firebug, <em><font>Pyrrhocoris apterus</font></em>, Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Peter Tilley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<p>Ruby-tailed wasp, <em>Chrysis ignita</em>. Commended 2008 NIW Photography Competition adult category</p>
© Stan Maddams

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

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

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

<p>Fritillary butterflies on umbellifer, Second Prize 2008 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category</p>

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