Category Archives: Insects

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

Gulf Fritillary – October

At the end of the second week of October there were many Gulf Fritillary Butterflies still around.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Our temperatures have remained in the mid to high 80s during the day (27 plus C) which is above average for October. Only in the last few days have the nights gone down to 60 F (15 C).

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Fortunately this favorite wildflower of the Fritillary is still blooming. Some lovely purple flowers just a few feet away had no attraction to this fellow.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Taken 10/09/2018, Charleston, SC.

Labyrinth: The Creatures

There were an amazing variety of insects hopping and flying around the flowers in the Mepkin Abbey Labyrinth.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

The sunflowers made a beautiful yellow glow behind the blooms where the insects opted to land. This Buckeye’s colors were a nice match.

Buckeye in the Labyrinth
Buckeye in the Labyrinth

There were grasshopper type insects of several varieties and sizes. This fellow was at least four inches (ten centimeters) from head to tail and could easily leap into the next aisle of the labyrinth in a flash.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

Several smaller butterflies, perhaps this is some type of skipper, were around inspecting the flowers.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

There were some larger butterflies, I believe this is a Monarch. I was quite surprised that with all these insects I didn’t see any birds within the labyrinth looking for their own lunches.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth