A skipper showing off, hanging upside down on a delicate flower.
I was framing a single Swamp Sunflower, trying for an artsy view when a bee hovered into the shot.
He was as attracted to the blossom as I was.
He did his thing then backed away.
Here’s a broader look at the patch of these photogenic blooms.
Morning Glories brighten the dikes at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.
Here’s a nostalgic take on another vine with some intertwined grasses.
I’ve had a few posts recently featuring butterflies on a Buttonbush flower head. Here are a few images of just the flower cluster. And yes, it looks a bit like all those virus graphics we’ve been seeing.
The orbs visible in the background are flower heads that have dropped all the individual flowers and are drying out.
And I couldn’t resist another image with a Swallowtail butterfly working over a cluster that is past its prime.
Late one gloomy afternoon the sole bloom on a hibiscus plant on my patio started to open.
About 2 1/2 hours later, the sun was down but the blossom continued to unfurl.
Evidently the spider didn’t care for the changes to his hideaway and he moved on.
The next morning it was raining and even after sunrise I needed to use flash to get a good image.
Raindrops made a nice visual addition.
A few hours later the “star” was fully open.
The next morning, about 40 hours after it started to open, the bloom had completely curled up, done with its show, and promptly fell off.
A bee disappeared into the center of this wild Morning Glory and I waited at the ready for him to come out.
Finally, I was starting to think that maybe I’d missed him and he awkwardly backed out.
And slowly took off casting a shadow on the bloom.
A cheery trio
Waving as I wandered by
These are the tallest Lily plants I have ever seen, at least 5 feet (1.5 M). These two plants were in a border of low annuals, drawing all of the attention with those proportionately large blooms.
Here is a bloom from another stand of these magnificent lilies, that surprisingly had thrived in a more shaded glen.
From its behavior I had wondered if this Katydid was munching on some small bugs but don’t see any when I magnify the image.
Perhaps it was wondering how to best attack this star hibiscus for lunch.
He didn’t seem concerned about my presence as I tried some different angles.
This fellow was much shorter and with compact antennae compared to the Long-horned Katydid I found in June.