Tag Archives: Insect

Late Season Dragonfly

I’m still occasionally seeing dragonflies, capturing these on Sunday as he investigated a manicured shrub hedge.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Look closely through his wing below and you’ll spot another thorn pointing away from his body.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

An un-obscured head shot proved elusive and the direction of his position may have been due to the stiff breeze we had that day. These were taken in an area that is often overrun with mosquitoes so I was happy to have the air movement.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC 11/04/2018

Wasp on Yellow Flower

I don’t know either the insect or this flower that was growing wild at the edge of a pond.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower

One of the wasp’s legs was sticking out at an unnatural looking angle, perhaps injured, but it wasn’t slowing him down.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower

He methodically worked the flower blossoms around the stem, unlike some insects that dart around, seemingly unsatisfied with what is in front of them.

Wasp on Yellow Flower
Wasp on Yellow Flower

Gulf Fritillary – October

At the end of the second week of October there were many Gulf Fritillary Butterflies still around.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Our temperatures have remained in the mid to high 80s during the day (27 plus C) which is above average for October. Only in the last few days have the nights gone down to 60 F (15 C).

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Fortunately this favorite wildflower of the Fritillary is still blooming. Some lovely purple flowers just a few feet away had no attraction to this fellow.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Taken 10/09/2018, Charleston, SC.

Labyrinth: The Creatures

There were an amazing variety of insects hopping and flying around the flowers in the Mepkin Abby Labyrinth.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

The sunflowers made a beautiful yellow glow behind the blooms where the insects opted to land. This Buckeye’s colors were a nice match.

Buckeye in the Labyrinth
Buckeye in the Labyrinth

There were grasshopper type insects of several varieties and sizes. This fellow was at least four inches (ten centimeters) from head to tail and could easily leap into the next aisle of the labyrinth in a flash.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

Several smaller butterflies, perhaps this is some type of skipper, were around inspecting the flowers.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

There were some larger butterflies, I believe this is a Monarch. I was quite surprised that with all these insects I didn’t see any birds within the labyrinth looking for their own lunches.

Insect in the Labyrinth
Insect in the Labyrinth

Wasp Architechture

From a distance this wasp nest looked like a dried flower head jammed into these branches. When I got close enough to see the insect movement I could tell that it was not a flower at all.

Wasps on Nest
Wasps on Nest

It’s interesting that the nest appeared to have a uniform depth and I couldn’t tell what was supporting the disk. The wasps were crawling around the outside of the nest, not coming and going as I would have expected.

Wasps on Nest
Wasps on Nest

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillaries were zipping all around the swamp edges yesterday morning in what I have come to recognize as a harbinger of fall in South Carolina.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

There were a lot of spider webs, too, attached to every kind of plant around the swamp. I walked with a small stick to move those that blocked the trail and only walked into a couple.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Butterflies seem aware of the spider web strands and easily manipulate around them.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

I saw this last Gulf Fritillary as we were leaving bouncing on a more delicate wild flower.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Taken 9/8/2018

Pointy

It’s always interesting to note the objects dragonflies choose to land on. When available they often select stationery man-made objects over natural options. Could it be they prefer not to bounce in the breeze while on a reed or limb? This one certainly had an unobstructed view of any potential prey.

Dragonfly on Rusty Fence
Dragonfly on Rusty Fence

This pole is part of a rusting fence that is around a plot at Magnolia Cemetery.

Tattered Dragonflies

Missing part of a wing didn’t slow this Dragonfly down one bit. He performed the usual lift off, turn and resettle routine on this stick at the edge of a pond-side dike several times.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wingtip missing on stick

A little further along the dike I spotted another Dragonfly with a wing tear. These insects are so delicate it is easy to imagine scenarios that would leave them damaged.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wing tear on stick

Swallowtail Butterfly

These large red flowers are so flashy I almost didn’t see the butterfly. I believe the flower is a Texas Star Hibiscus, which grow wild around the edges of my favorite swamp.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

The butterfly was intensely inspecting the flowers, but he didn’t stay with any one blossom for more than a moment.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

An unopened bloom got its share of attention as the butterfly probed up under the flower’s sepals.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

That wasn’t very satisfying, either, and he quickly moved on.

Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus
Butterfly on Red Star Hibiscus

Many of the Buttonbush trees that were so popular with the butterflies in this area last July have died, and those that didn’t have very few blossoms. The harsh weather we had in January may have too much for them.