Tag Archives: Insect

Butterflies on Honeysuckle

As the morning warmed up I could smell the honeysuckle as I walked along the dike and pretty soon several butterflies appeared.

This Gulf Fritillary was a very bold orange, and in pristine shape like he had just hatched.

Gulf Fritillary on Honeysuckle
Gulf Fritillary on Honeysuckle

Several Skippers were intent on feeding from the underside of the leaves, this one popped out for just a moment.

Long-tailed Skipper on Honeysuckle
Long-tailed Skipper on Honeysuckle

This last butterfly looks like a Sulpher Butterfly, but was much smaller, about this size of a dime (Diameter 0.750 in. ~ 19.05 mm) . Research turns up it is likely a Little Yellow.

Little Yellow butterfly on Honeysuckle
Little Yellow butterfly on Honeysuckle

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 26, 2022

Long-tailed Skipper

A number of butterflies, including this Long-tailed Skipper, were working a row of wildflowers at the edge of field at Botany Bay WMA. I do not know this flower, and spot metering on the insect left that bright white blown out.

Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper, Just a hint of the turquois visible at the base of his tail
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Grasshopper on Pokeweed

The color of the pokeweed berries and stems were a nice contrast to this grasshopper.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100-400mm

The spiny structures on his back leg look like they mean business.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100-400mm

This last shot was taken with the Canon 100mm macro lens. I couldn’t get the angle I wanted with the available footing and the grasshopper never moved, so it is nearly the same image as above.

Grasshopper on Pokeberry
Grasshopper on Pokeweed – Canon 100 mm

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Needham’s Skimmer

This Needham’s Skimmer was perched close to the ground and out of the breeze, a nice fit for using the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

The angle and background worked well to pick up the orange tones.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

He didn’t move far between these shots, trying out some different perches almost like a model.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Common Baskettail Above My Head

There were a lot of these Baskettails zooming over a dike between two ponds, presumably feeding.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

This reed stalk was the highest vegetation around with the top coveted perch well above my head.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Backlit by the sun, you can see numerous tears in the wings.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

 

Golden Silk Orb-weaver

Named for the color of its silk, this Golden Silk Orb-weaver’s web was in just the right light to see why.

Golden Silk Orb-weaver
Golden Silk Orb-weaver

A close up of the web, so interesting that the strands towards the center of the web (left) are spaced in a even grid-type pattern, and towards the outer edge the circular bands are closer together.

Golden Silk Orb-weaver Web
Golden Silk Orb-weaver Web

September 16, 2022

 

 

 

Dragonfly on Pokeweed

I almost deleted this image then saw the antennae sticking out from the stem below the dragonfly.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed, With Grasshopper Photobomber

The dragonfly shifted to another branch right after I took the first image, giving me a little better view.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

And then one more time, this time choosing a leaf as his perch.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022