Category Archives: Insects

Brown Dragonfly

On our photography tour at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center I saw a few dragonflies, that mostly eluded me as they fed at high speed.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

This one took a rest on a nicely placed reed. Just as I was getting in place with a good angle for the background I felt a sharp bite on my leg. Ants! Needless to say that was the end of those pictures as I spent five minutes getting the little buggers off me and out of my shoes.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Wildflowers and Guests

South Carolina’s Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is composed of 31 square miles on two barrier islands and include some open fields where these wildflowers were blooming earlier this month.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

The field was surrounded by a wet ditch so I didn’t get real close, but a few plants were growing on edge of the dirt roadway.

Pink Wildflowers
Pink Wildflowers

It was very breezy that day and only a few tenacious insects were flying around. This was good for keeping mosquitoes away but not so good for photographing bouncing blossoms.

Pink Wildflowers and Bee
Pink Wildflowers and Bee

An unknown caterpillar was munching his way to the top of this plant.

Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar
Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar

Bee on Lantana

Lantana bloom all summer long but are really noticeable in the fall when a lot of the annuals in flower beds have passed their prime.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

In the first two images the bee’s eye has rather a weird glow, perhaps part reflection from the flowers.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

The bee was fully investigating the flowers.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

He was quite methodical, going back and forth, completely covering the flower head and giving me a variety of body angles.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

Praying Mantis

I was trimming back some annuals on my patio when I spotted a Praying Mantis. He looked so much like a stick almost pulled him off as a dead leaf.

Praying Mantis on Cleome
Praying Mantis on Cleome

I went back a couple hours later and he was still there, and had moved just to turn upside right. I’m not sure what that is on his front leg … insect poop or an even smaller bug?

Praying Mantis on Cleome
Praying Mantis on Cleome

Praying Mantis are known for eating pest insects so I was happy to have him. We have been inundated with lovebugs (Plecia nearctica) the last few weeks, which seem to have no enemy, and even with one dangling in front of him the Mantis took a pass.

Praying Mantis on Cleome
Praying Mantis on Cleome

He was very slow moving, and most of the time I watched him he only swung his head around a bit and moved his front legs.

Praying Mantis on Cleome
Praying Mantis on Cleome

Taken September 19, 2019. As of this morning the Mantis is still there, just a few inches from where seen here.

Little Spider

The concentration of strands and zig-zap pattern made this little spider web stand out from the potted plants.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

At a different angle I could see the spider through the web.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

Look closely for a series of strands further out from the center, more easily seen between the plant leaves.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

June 2018.