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Tattered Dragonfly

The garden beds along the banks of the Ashely River at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens almost always are worth a wander by for some insect activity.

Tattered Dragonfly
Tattered Dragonfly

Late yesterday afternoon this rather bedraggled dragonfly perched for a few photos.

Tattered Dragonfly
Tattered Dragonfly

The flowers, possibly some kind of salvia, had its own problems having been chewed on or maybe unable to withstand this summer’s heat.

Tattered Dragonfly
Tattered Dragonfly

From another angle you can really see how much of the wings are missing. Flight didn’t seem to be a problem.

Tattered Dragonfly
Tattered Dragonfly

Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 4, 2022

Praying Mantis

This Praying Mantis has been hanging out in the corner of our back yard. The first time I spotted him he disappeared while I retrieved my camera.

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower

A few days later I got another chance when I found him nicely posed on a newly opened Hyacinth Bean flower.

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean Flower

He was about half the size of others I have seen, less than 2 inches (5 cm).

Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean
Praying Mantis on Hyacinth Bean, Double Vision with a little breeze

October 7, 2021

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