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Dragonfly Entertainment

I spent much of yesterday afternoon photographing dragonflies on my back patio.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle seed pod, dried from last year, f14, 1/640 sec, ISO 2000

This particular dragonfly, identifiable by the missing section of his right hindwing, landed on several plant stakes but kept coming back to a Melissa Balm flower head.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/160 sec, ISO 800

I was able to move around the plant, effectively changing the background.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/125 sec, ISO 250

And I got a head nod.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/125 sec, ISO 320

Black Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush

Helping the Butterfly Bush live up to its name a Black Swallowtail was enjoying the blooms.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100-400 mm Lens at 158mm

I may have mentioned this before, but I have not seen many butterflies of any kind so far this summer.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

This one was a real beauty and a light breeze did not deter him from feeding.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Unknown Black and Yellow Insect Strolling on Statice

I spotted a clump of statice on a rice field dike and went for a closer for a look, hoping to see a butterfly.

Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice
Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice

No butterflies but this little insect treated me to a show, first strolling across a reed leaf.

Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice
Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice

Then he climbed the statice.

Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice
Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice

I have no idea what he might have been looking for and when he reached the top of the flowers he flew off.

Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice
Black and Yellow Insect on Leaf with Statice

Daddy Long Legs on Melissa Balm

The spider from my post Daddy Long Legs and Friend traveled quite a distance in a small space over the few hours I checked on him.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

He made repeated trips around this stem, occasionally showing me his entire leg structure.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

I’m sure he had a purpose but it wasn’t obvious to me.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

A second spider was attached to the porch screen a few feet away and didn’t appear to move even a smidge over several hours.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

June 13, 2021

Daddy Long Legs and Friend

I was stalking a Daddy Long Legs on my patio when I spotted additional movement on his perch.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

The spider had been all around the stem and leaves of this plant that I think is Melissa Balm; the debris to the the right of the Leaf-hopper is a dropped flower.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

Whatever signal the Leafhopper was sending was lost on me and the spider. Maybe the signal was for the flower.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

Calla Lily Portraits

Calla Lilies have been blooming all around the more manicured ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Calla Lily
Calla Lily

One of my favorite statues, the Boy with Duck, surrounded by yellow Iris is in the background on this one.

Calla Lily
Calla Lily, Not Yet Opened, Boy with Duck Statue in Background

Azaleas were also competing for attention.

Calla Lily, Azaleas in Background
Calla Lily, Azaleas in Background

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
April 8, 2021
Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Blue-tailed Damselfly

I returned to the Iris patch where I spotted the mating damselflies with my new Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM EF-Mount Lens.

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly

A few Blue-tailed Damselflies used the broad leaves of the Iris plants as perches.

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly, With a Snack

This fellow also used it as a lunch spot.

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly

April 13, 2021
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM