Category Archives: Insects

Daddy Long Legs on Spotted Beebalm

Daddy Long Legs spiders were climbing all over this small clump of spotted beebalm.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

The dappled sun was warming after a cool start and prey possibilities including smaller insects may have become active, too.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

I have no idea what this one is doing; I wondered if it was laying eggs but all information I’ve found says they lay their eggs in dirt.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Monarda punctata
Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint, Horsemint

 

Long-tailed Skipper

A number of butterflies, including this Long-tailed Skipper, were working a row of wildflowers at the edge of field at Botany Bay WMA. I do not know this flower, and spot metering on the insect left that bright white blown out.

Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper, Just a hint of the turquois visible at the base of his tail
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Grasshopper on Pokeweed

The color of the pokeweed berries and stems were a nice contrast to this grasshopper.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100-400mm

The spiny structures on his back leg look like they mean business.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100-400mm

This last shot was taken with the Canon 100mm macro lens. I couldn’t get the angle I wanted with the available footing and the grasshopper never moved, so it is nearly the same image as above.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100 mm

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Needham’s Skimmer

This Needham’s Skimmer was perched close to the ground and out of the breeze, a nice fit for using the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

The angle and background worked well to pick up the orange tones.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

He didn’t move far between these shots, trying out some different perches almost like a model.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Common Baskettail Above My Head

There were a lot of these Baskettails zooming over a dike between two ponds, presumably feeding.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

This reed stalk was the highest vegetation around with the top coveted perch well above my head.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Backlit by the sun, you can see numerous tears in the wings.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022