Category Archives: Insects

Gulf Fritillary on Statice

This was the first Gulf Fritillary I’ve seen this summer, one of just a few total butterflies I’ve noticed.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

The wild purple statice, a non-native that grows along roadsides, in disturbed areas and old fields, seems to be thriving everywhere.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

This stand of statice was along the side of a pond and the butterfly worked the tops, the road and pond side, and down into the depths of the plant which in some places was over my head.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

June 26, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Dragonfly, Back Yard

I’m not sure why dragonflies bother with these hard shelled insects, not sure just what they are.

Dragonfly With Snack
Dragonfly With Snack

They are pretty small and I think the dragonfly was having a hard time getting it down, chewing and chewing.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Our back yard has hosted a variety of dragonflies this summer.  They take advantage of a few fallen branches I’ve left in the corner.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Damselfly In Grass

I recently spotted this Damselfly while walking a dike along the Ashley River and it stayed still once it found a perch, long enough for me to try manual focusing.

Damselfly
Damselfly

I’m also trying out Topaz Lab’s Sharpen AI software and am pretty amazed with the additional detail it pulled out around the damselfly’s head and along the wings, without looking overcooked.

Damselfly
Damselfly

Katydid

Katydids are also known as Long-horned Grasshoppers. This one must have been content with his Day Lily perch as he was still there when I moved on after taking several images.

Katydid on Orange Daylily
Katydid on Orange Daylily

I had no idea that I wasn’t capturing the entire length of the antennae on the closeups. It’s not real clear, but if you zoom in you can see the curled end of the antennae below the tip of the flower petal.

Katydid on Orange Daylily
Katydid on Orange Daylily