Category Archives: Insects

Mating Damselflies, On Iris, 2

I’ve developed a few more images from April 5, the amazing Damselfly dance.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

I know tall images don’t always display well in Word Press, but I did like this with the iris in the background.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

I did sit on the ground a couple of times, but concern about ants and alligators kept me from lingering with the low view.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

Mating Damselflies, On Iris  Part 1

Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

Called a hummingbird moth because it drinks nectar, I believe this is a Nessus Sphinx Moth, per insectidentification.org/

It’s a bit different than any I’ve seen before, including that fuzzy looking tail end.

Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea
Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

It was pretty intent on feeding, but the moth occasionally lifted above the blossoms for a look around, showing off his two yellow stripes.

Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea
Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

Mating Damselflies, On Iris

Before I could get a bloom of one of these iris  in focus I recognized movement over the water as being dragonfly-like. Knowing the flowers would wait I turned my attention to what turned out to be damselflies.

Mating Damselflies on Iris Bud
Mating Damselflies on Iris Bud

At least a dozen pairs of mating Damselflies in several colors lit in the iris patch. They were quite small; I may have over sharpened these images. I have more and will try something different.

Mating Damselflies on Iris Bud
Mating Damselflies on Iris Bud

Bee on White Camellia

This Camellia variety has the type of blossom with a prominent center and on Sunday the blooms were well visited by bees.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The bees were making a haul of pollen.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

This flower was on the outside of the plant, right at my eye level making for nice closeups.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The temperature had been below freezing a few nights last week and I was rather surprised to see this much bee activity.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Bees on White Flower, December

These white flowers were poking out of some scraggly brush on the walk around the old rice field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Bees on White Flower
Bees on White Flower

Perhaps a Camelia variety, they were the only flowers I saw in this mile and a quarter (2 KM) stretch on December 10.

Bees on White Flower
Bees on White Flower

The blooms were a little raggedy looking, but attracted a steady flow of bees and other small insects.

Bees on White Flower
Bees on White Flower

They were making the most of the situation on a 70 degree F (21 C) morning.

Bees on White Flower
Bees on White Flower

Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly

Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory
Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory

All in, these smaller butterflies took full advantage of the tubular Morning Glory blossoms.

Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory
Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory

There was some competition, including a number of bees as the morning warmed up.

Long-tailed Skipper on Statice
Long-tailed Skipper on Statice

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly