I tried to wait him out for a full body shot, but a swarm of mosquitoes moved me on while the Black Swallowtail remained content inside the giant hibiscus bloom.
This metal stake is the remnant of a fence at Magnolia Cemetery. In full sun with the temperature close to 90 F (32 C) the dragonfly kept coming back to it.
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 7, 2022
Great Blue Skimmer, trees and a bit of sky reflecting in pond behind
August 4, 2022
Canon 100mm Macro
The garden beds along the banks of the Ashely River at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens almost always are worth a wander by for some insect activity.
Late yesterday afternoon this rather bedraggled dragonfly perched for a few photos.
The flowers, possibly some kind of salvia, had its own problems having been chewed on or maybe unable to withstand this summer’s heat.
From another angle you can really see how much of the wings are missing. Flight didn’t seem to be a problem.
Canon 100mm Macro Lens
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 4, 2022
I spotted another Praying Mantis in the back yard, this one was green and matched the Sweet Gum leaves he was perched on.
Something was happening, or had happened, inside the folded together leaves. I’ve no idea if the Praying Mantis was in pursuit of what was in there, or just passing by.
July 15, 2022
The dark wings of the Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly make great shadows when they land in a patch of sun.
An interesting leaf is a bonus.
Even without the shadow they are pretty neat looking.
Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022