Tag Archives: Insect

Grasshopper at the Swamp

The trail that runs along the edge of the swamp at Magnolia Plantation often offers some interesting peeks at the little creatures.

Grasshopper Silhouette
Grasshopper Silhouette, Canon 100-400mm

I tried to see him from the other side of the leaf, but he had moved along.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper, Canon 100-400mm

Another shot with the 100mm macro lens.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper, Canon 100mm Macro

The grasshopper had places to go.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
September 16, 2022

Backyard Blue Dasher

Yesterday afternoon we had a multiple dragonfly visitors in our backyard, after seeing very few all summer.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly, hibiscus stem, Vinca in the background

I’m pretty sure this is a Blue Dasher, even though it was quite small, about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) long.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly on dried hibiscus stem

This individual tried out several of the dried stems in my patio pots.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly on dried bergamot flower

Blue Dasher

September 14, 2022

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

A Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly took a turn at these white blooms, part of a wild-ish garden plot at Strawberry Chapel.

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly
Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

A brick wall behind the flowers made interesting patterns.

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly
Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

This insect was looking a bit worn, with part of one of his tails missing. It didn’t seem to affect his flight at all.

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly
Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

Roseate Skimmer, Back Yard, 2

While watching the Roseate Skimmer featured in yesterday’s post I noticed a bloom in one of my pots that was nearly the same color as the dragonfly.

Sometimes if you wait long enough an insect will land where you would like to take its picture.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly

I don’t know the plant, it is a volunteer from one I had a few years ago. It doesn’t look exactly the same, but that fluffy magenta is familiar.

September 3, 2022

Roseate Skimmer, Back Yard

We haven’t had many dragonfly visitors in our back yard this summer. Conditions have been wetter and hotter, with no overnight cooldowns. I have no idea if this plays a part or if there are other forces in play.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly, Purple Caladium Leaves

Today I was quite pleased to spot this Roseate Skimmer perching on a dried hibiscus stem on the patio.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly

I was even more pleased that he was still there after I went in for my camera.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly

He stayed around for quite awhile, with the classic dragonfly behavior of returning to the same perch, giving me plenty of viewing options.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly, Black-eyed Susan

September 3, 2022