Tag Archives: Insect

Early Dragonfly

I have seen dragonflies much earlier this year than the last few. Last year’s post  Dragonfly, First of the Season  was May 9th. In the comments of that post fellow blogger and dragonfly enthusiast Mike Powell (https://michaelqpowell.com/) thought that insect “looks to be a female Eastern Pondhawk ” and I am thinking this one might be also.

Several of them were flitting ahead of me on a wooded path and I was pleased to get the image of this one hanging onto a blade of grass.

Dragonfly on Grass
Dragonfly on Grass

Boynton Trail, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
March 26, 2020

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

I’ve used the ButterfliesandMoths.org website to help identify this butterfly where the Pearl Crescent description starts off:

Identification: Quite variable.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

The other factors of size (Wing Span: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches (3.2 – 4.5 cm), habitat and range seem to fit, so I give this as a probably ID.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

I regret that I didn’t notice the water drops on the blade of grass at the time and get a better composition. However, I had just narrowly avoided stepping on a large black snake and I wasn’t keen on moving into the tall grass.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

March 26, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The four or five Swallowtails flitting around these thistle plants flew off when I drove by. I had room to stop, walked back and waited.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

After a few minutes one returned and continued probing the thistle.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies were competing with some other flying insects, the tail end of one can be seen here sticking up out of the flower.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Dragonfly Season Begins

And there it was, hovering right in front of me over the pond. My shutter speed was only 1/800 but I took it any way as this was the first dragonfly I’ve seen this year.  He stayed around a bit but my subsequent efforts at a higher speed weren’t as good as this one.

Dragonfly In Flight
Dragonfly In Flight

Nearby a second dragonfly, perhaps an Eastern Pondhawk, kept returning to this log, looking like he’s not quite ready for action.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

With spring just beginning there will be ample opportunity for some better images of these curious creatures.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

Just to round out the scene, here’s the log with the dragonfly about 2/3 of the way back.

Dragonfly on Log
Dragonfly on Log

March 18, 2020

Wintertime Cloudless Sulfur

We had a glorious, if not quite right for the middle of winter, weather day today. It was sunny and temps were in the low 70s  (21C). I spotted several Cloudless Sulfur butterflies zipping around the swamp this afternoon.

Brightly colored Camellias, which bloom all winter here, were popular feeding spots.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Camellia
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Camellia

This nearly gone by Jonquil didn’t look like much but the butterfly spent some time working it over.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Jonquil
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Jonquil

This dandelion bloom hardly made it through the fallen leaves, making a perfect low spot for the butterfly.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Dandelion
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Dandelion

Brown Dragonfly

On our photography tour at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center I saw a few dragonflies, that mostly eluded me as they fed at high speed.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

This one took a rest on a nicely placed reed. Just as I was getting in place with a good angle for the background I felt a sharp bite on my leg. Ants! Needless to say that was the end of those pictures as I spent five minutes getting the little buggers off me and out of my shoes.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Wildflowers and Guests

South Carolina’s Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is composed of 31 square miles on two barrier islands and include some open fields where these wildflowers were blooming earlier this month.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

The field was surrounded by a wet ditch so I didn’t get real close, but a few plants were growing on edge of the dirt roadway.

Pink Wildflowers
Pink Wildflowers

It was very breezy that day and only a few tenacious insects were flying around. This was good for keeping mosquitoes away but not so good for photographing bouncing blossoms.

Pink Wildflowers and Bee
Pink Wildflowers and Bee

An unknown caterpillar was munching his way to the top of this plant.

Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar
Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar