Category Archives: Insects

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

Dragonfly Trio, 3 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

So these are just a duo as the third fellow took off for a minute.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

One of the others gathered some snacks…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Showed off some flight skills…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Then returned to his perch.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 2 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Some more experimenting with distance and f-stops. A bunch of reeds kept me from the best placement to have all three dragonflies equidistant from me, and we were at the edge of a pond so I had to stay on this side.

Dragonfly Trio (f-11)
Dragonfly Trio (f-11)

And them some distraction with choosing different perches.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

And with the dragonfly on the right adjusting his position.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

There was also a little breeze, good for keeping bugs off me, not so good for my experiment as the reeds swayed.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 1 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f-18)

These dragonflies, which I believe are all Four-spotted Pennants, were quite cooperative as I took this opportunity to experiment with different f-stops to see what ranges might be in focus.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

I was about three feet (100cm) from the closest one, on the right in first image. Their perches were about 12 inches (30cm) apart left to right and a bit closer than that in their distance from each other front to back.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Common Whitetail on Ground

This dragonfly, which I think is a Common Whitetail, was going back and forth between a patch of grass and a sidewalk, perching for 20 or 30 seconds in each place.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

He might have been overstuffed with mosquitoes as there was no shortage of them after me.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

ID corrections welcome.

I first thought it might be a Banded Pennant, the described variations on each species are confounding.

Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, SC
August 26, 2021