Tag Archives: Insect

Green Grasshopper, Eating the Best Part

I could have seen this coming, if I had known how tasty a closed hibiscus bud could be to a grasshopper.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

I turned away for a few minutes after taking the photos in my post Green Grasshopper, Foreshadowing, with him on a leaf.  and when my attention returned to him he had moved.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

And found lunch.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

The closed bud was pretty dense and he was working hard to gnaw the top off.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

Great Blue Skimmer, Modeling On Green, Pink and Mixed

A piece of bamboo stuck in a plant pot has become a regular perch for dragonflies on my patio this summer.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Just Grass

This Great Blue Skimmer was very tolerant of me walking around him to get different flowers in the background.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Pink Flowers

He did lift off a few times, but came right back.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Variegated Caladium

Dragonfly Poses

I saw these three dragonflies in the same area on June 10 and was struck by the different perches and poses they use.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly – obelisk pose

A dragonfly perched with the abdomen pointing up is known as being in the obelisk pose or obelisking.

So what is pointing down? Anti-obelisking or just going with gravity?

Dragonfly
Dragonfly – anti obelisk pose

Commonly they perch parallel to the ground.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly – straight on

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
June 10, 2021

Dragonfly

My apologies to anyone who got a notice that I’d published this post then it wasn’t available. I clicked Publish by mistake while I was checking why I didn’t finish the post, so unpublished it. This is a good reminder for me to tag posts when I start them with the location and add the date. Thinking I’ll remember is just not going to happen.

I like the image for the mottled background and shape of the twig, so I’m clicking Publish intentionally now.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

April 22, 2021
Caw Caw County Park, Charleston, SC

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