Category Archives: Insects

Dragonfly: Changing Background

I was able to get a variety of images of this posing Dragonfly by shifting myself to the left and right and up and down a bit, changing the background.

Dragonfly on Stick
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The red color was created by Mosquito Fern growing on the pond surface behind the Dragonfly and the green was created by Duck Weed.

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The Dragonfly was very obliging and struck a classic pose on a dead thorny branch almost at my eye level.

Dragonfly on Stick
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Tattered Dragonflies

Missing part of a wing didn’t slow this Dragonfly down one bit. He performed the usual lift off, turn and resettle routine on this stick at the edge of a pond-side dike several times.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wingtip missing on stick

A little further along the dike I spotted another Dragonfly with a wing tear. These insects are so delicate it is easy to imagine scenarios that would leave them damaged.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wing tear on stick

Swallowtail Butterfly

These large red flowers are so flashy I almost didn’t see the butterfly. I believe the flower is a Texas Star Hibiscus, which grow wild around the edges of my favorite swamp.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

The butterfly was intensely inspecting the flowers, but he didn’t stay with any one blossom for more than a moment.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

An unopened bloom got its share of attention as the butterfly probed up under the flower’s sepals.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

That wasn’t very satisfying, either, and he quickly moved on.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

Many of the Buttonbush trees that were so popular with the butterflies in this area last July have died, and those that didn’t have very few blossoms. The harsh weather we had in January may have too much for them.

Bee Spiral

This bee was a diligent worker, checking every single one of the florets on this branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

He worked in a circular motion, spiraling towards the tip of the branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

Up, over and around again.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

I lost focus when he got to the very end and the branch started to wobble.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

Orange Dragonfly

A number of dragonflies were zipping back and forth along the tall reads at the edge of a canal bordering old rice fields. This one stood out from the others with a reddish-orange body and wings.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He stopped on a number of stalks quite near the trail I was walking on.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

There was a good supply of smaller insects to keep him well fed, although I didn’t see him catch any.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Butterflies Love It

I don’t know what this plant is but an assortment of butterflies and other insects were attracted to the puffy blooms.

Butterfly
Butterfly

The tufts from the flower heads made me think of thistle but the rest of the plant did not, with no sharp spines in sight.

Butterfly
Butterfly

This little yellow one was the smallest flying insect I saw. The bloom he picked had more of a purple tinge than the others, prettier or tastier perhaps.

Butterfly
Butterfly

The butterflies were all doing the same reaching into the tops of the flowers so they must have been getting something.

Pipevine Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail (?)

This patch was two to three feet deep (0.5 – 1  meter) and ran along the edge of a pond. I could not see over the top from the mowed lawn where I was standing; I resisted getting closer due to the potential for alligators to be hidden in the greenery.

Attracting Butterflies
Attracting Butterflies

Back Yard Dragonfly

In recent years the dragonflies in our backyard have been nondescript, plain black models, at least as much as I had noticed. This past week we have had a steady procession of dragonflies of different sizes and colors zipping around the yard.

Dragon Fly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod
Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod

This one worked on some poses on a dried Crepe Myrtle seedpod.

Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod
Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod

Butterfly

This butterfly was flitting along the trail, first ahead of me then behind me, not quite landing in a pose that I was hoping for.

Butterfly
Butterfly

I finally got his full open wings showing off the shimmery blue and then just a peek of the underside. There was a pretty stiff breeze blowing when he landed on this leaf and he was fighting to stay put.

Butterfly
Butterfly