Category Archives: Insects

Orange-yellow Canna Lily

There is a small patch of Canna Lilies at the edge of the big field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s a wet spot and the lilies and cattails seem pretty happy there.

Orange Canna Lily with Cattails
Orange Canna Lily with Cattails

This dragonfly found an unfurled blossom a nice place to perch on a hot day. True to form he lifted off just as I was ready to shoot then returned to the exact same spot,

Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly
Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly

The orange and yellow combination of the flowers is quite attractive, shouting out “summer!”

Orange Canna Lily Bloom
Orange Canna Lily Bloom

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Azaleas have been planted all around the swamp, many of them bloom off and on through the summer, despite the heat. This reddish colored one was a perfect complement to a Swallowtail Butterfly.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

The flowers must have been providing some nourishment as the Butterfly kept going around the bush.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

He went deep into each blossom, his head disappearing behind the petals.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Then he gracefully backed out before moving on.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Butterfly on Mimosa Tree

Butterflies do not know that Mimosa Trees are invasive and this Swallowtail happily partook of the pink fluffballs these trees are known for.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa
Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa

The flowers have a sweet smell that can be overpowering but this late afternoon a breeze was blowing it away from me.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa
Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa

The butterfly bounced along at the top of the tree then disappeared into another flower grouping in the shade.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa
Swallowtail Butterfly on Mimosa

Dragonfly on Underside of Branch

This rather large dragonfly was looking for a spot to land and finally settled on this pretty lichen covered branch. In the first image he was hanging on to a bit of Spanish Moss.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

He then got a better grip on the branch and stayed put. I did not see any insects for him to prey on. It was almost 100 F (37 C) and I wondered if he was looking for some shade. I don’t know what is going on with his tail–it looks like some plant debris was hitching a ride.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

05/29/2019

Striped Wing Dragonfly

The combination of the sun light and the distance from the perches to the background shows off this dragonfly’s striped wings quite nicely.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I don’t remember seeing this type of dragonfly before; but recognize the “return to the same spot” behavior I’ve seen in others.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He left and re-lit on this grain stalk multiple times while I watched.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

5/19/2019 Mepkin Abbey

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

The Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly is a stunning insect. I’ve taken poor photographs of them each of the last three years at Beidler Forest and finally this year captured one at eye level and another in a spot of sun.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

Access to this area is only from a boardwalk so there is not much you can do to change your angle.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly – wings closed

The second one stayed put on this leaf, opening and closing his wings for a few seconds, creating a nice shadow on the leaf.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly – wings open

Dragonfly, First of the Season

First decent photograph, that is. It seems like all of the dragonflies I’ve encountered this spring have been frantic, with none of that rhythmic pause, fly off and return to the same spot routine I got used to last year.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I liked the first image as much for the seed heads as the insect. The second image is the same dragonfly, on another nice piece of foliage.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Late Season Dragonfly

I’m still occasionally seeing dragonflies, capturing these on Sunday as he investigated a manicured shrub hedge.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Look closely through his wing below and you’ll spot another thorn pointing away from his body.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

An un-obscured head shot proved elusive and the direction of his position may have been due to the stiff breeze we had that day. These were taken in an area that is often overrun with mosquitoes so I was happy to have the air movement.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC 11/04/2018

Wasp on Yellow Flower

I don’t know either the insect or this flower that was growing wild at the edge of a pond.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower

One of the wasp’s legs was sticking out at an unnatural looking angle, perhaps injured, but it wasn’t slowing him down.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower

He methodically worked the flower blossoms around the stem, unlike some insects that dart around, seemingly unsatisfied with what is in front of them.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower