Category Archives: Insects

Praying Mantis

This Praying Mantis has been hanging out in the corner of our back yard. The first time I spotted him he disappeared while I retrieved my camera.

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower

A few days later I got another chance when I found him nicely posed on a newly opened Hyacinth Bean flower.

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower

He was about half the size of others I have seen, less than 2 inches (5 cm).

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean, Double Vision with a little breeze

October 7, 2021

Dragonfly and Two Flowers

These images are from a September walk when a little breeze interfered with this being the best lens for the day.

An immature or female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly perched at the base of a giant Live Oak tree.

Eastern Pondhawk on Tree
Eastern Pondhawk on Tree

I have no idea what either of these flowers are but they had attractive textures, the first with a few petals.

Unknown White Flower
Unknown White Flower

And the second one gone-by, but still interesting.

Unknown Flower Head
Unknown Flower Head

September 14, 2021
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

Butterflies on Lantana

I’ve recently commented that I haven’t seen many butterflies this summer. Last week at Middleton Place I was surprised to find several species, three that were attracted to Lantana.

First was this rather tattered Black Swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail on Lantana
Black Swallowtail on Lantana

This Buckeye was another tattered example.

Buckeye on Lantana
Buckeye on Lantana

Then a very good looking Fritillary.  I always say the ones I see are Gulf Fritillaries, but that may not be true.

Fritillary on Lantana
Fritillary on Lantana

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad

I borrowed Ted’s Tamron 18-400 MM lens this morning and put the range flexibility to good use when I spotted an Eastern Pondhawk on a Lily Pad.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (70 MM)

I got a decent closer image of the dragonfly and his shadow.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (209 MM)

And a nice view of the scene without changing lenses or cameras.

Lily Pads in Swamp
Lily Pads in Swamp (20MM)

 

Arachnid Cafe

A very large spider web stretched across this opening looking out onto a rice field pond.

Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening
Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening (18-200 mm lens, taken at 40 mm)

A couple of what I think are Black and Yellow Garden Spiders can be seen, along with several dragonflies that met their end in the web.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 100 mm)

There’s more detail of the catch if you want to zoom in on the spider wrapping his prey.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 200 mm)

Further along the dike another large spider had set up shop. I took the photo because I liked the leaf. When I processed the image I was amazed at the number of little items that had been snagged.

Spider with leaf in web
Spider with leaf in web