Tag Archives: Insect

Spider in His Web

We are starting to see some spiders and big webs as we walk around the swamps. This web was several feet across with the fine gauge threads glistening in the sun.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

I changed position but couldn’t  closer due an abundance of poison ivy, something else that is thriving this spring.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

My next image was just a few seconds later but focused on a slightly different spot which resulted in a different glisten on the web and  background.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

Insects on Irises

It was a dull day and my images of the Japanese Iris border at Swan Lake and Iris Gardens didn’t amount to much. The insect activity on the iris flowers was much more interesting.

Here a bee is backing out of the flower center after adding to his pollen cache.

Bee on Iris
Bee on Iris

He buzzed around the back of the flower and if you zoom in you can see one tiny leg sticking out from the right side of the stem under the petal stem. I didn’t see the second insect on the petal until I was developing the images.

Insect on Iris
Insect on Iris – click on image to enlarge

A small spider crawled all over the petals of this delacately colored bloom.

Spider on Iris
Spider on Iris

Meanwhile a Skipper was touching all the parts of the next flower over.

Skipper on Iris
Skipper on Iris

This is a section of the Iris border that is on a pond. There is a dragonfly perched  on a frond just left and below center–another one I spotted after I got home. I expect there was more insect activity that wasn’t as obvious.

Dragonfly on Iris
Iris Border with a Dragonfly

Colorful Caterpillar

This colorful caterpillar stood out from the plain greenery which he was eating, which is how I happened to see him. A mob of Red-winged Black Birds was in the area and I was expecting him to get picked off as I watched.

Caterpillar
Caterpillar

He was methodically consuming the leaf, munching back and forth straight across the top.

Caterpillar
Caterpillar

A wider view shows there was some red foliage nearby, which may have helped camouflage him.

Caterpillar
Caterpillar  – Sony Alpha 6500

4/26/2018 On the dike at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

Blue Dragonfly

Correction: I had identified this as a Blue Dasher Dragonfly.  See fellow blogger Mike Powell’s comment below about the ID as a Eastern Pondhawk and its ground behavior. Thanks Mike!

I am seeing dragonflies in all sorts of colors on our treks and even in our back yard. This one was on a berm near a small pond.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dragonfly

It surprised me he was more interested in the dry leaves and pine needles than in hanging out over the water.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dragonfly

Viceroy Butterfly

Not far from where I saw the Ant walking on Duckweed a Viceroy Butterfly was perched on a carpet of Duckweed mixed with an unknown brown water covering plant.

Viceroy
Viceroy

I walked up and down a boardwalk watching warblers and passed this butterfly in the same spot, for at least a half hour.

Viceroy
Viceroy

It was late afternoon and his shadow was getting longer. He flapped his wings slowly, and seemed to not have a care in the world.

Viceroy
Viceroy

Brown and Orange Butterflies

The Chrysanthemums were a little past their prime but these butterflies and other insects didn’t care.

Brown and Orange
Common Buckeye Butterfly – click on photo for larger view

This garden has a path around the perimeter that winds up a hill to what was a farm. Passing by a foot or so below this garden bed made the butterfly action easier to see and photograph.

Brown and Orange
Painted Lady Butterfly (?), sharing with a bee – click on photo for larger view

October 20, 2017, Arlington House Gardens, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

September Gulf Fritillaries

I’ve seen a few Gulf Fritillaries around as recently as last week. In September they were everywhere you looked. These images were taken on the Morris Island end of Folly Beach where they were cavorting around in the flowers growing in the sand.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Although they fly about independently, if one butterfly finds something good another will soon follow.

Gulf Fritillaries
Gulf Fritillaries

They seemed OK at sharing if there were two vying for the same spot, and can hardly push each other around the way birds might do.

Gulf Fritillaries
Gulf Fritillaries

September 9, 2017, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve.

Smithsonian Gardens: Monarch Butterfly

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden is on the on the eastern border of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building just a few steps from the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

A Monarch Butterfly had plenty of choices even in October. He was carefully working this orange pom-pom plant (not its real name, unless I’m really lucky) when I passed by.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

I’m always amazed at how delicate butterfly’s legs, antennae and proboscis are. This sturdy flower held up well to  the poking and prodding.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

This garden was full of color and textures as well as other amazed tourists basking in the garden’s beauty.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

There were a number of Monarch and Gulf Fritillary butterflies feeding in one of Charleston’s “hidden” alleys yesterday afternoon.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

This pair was mating on the old cobblestone. A few tourists passed by at full speed and the butterflies were fortunate not to get stepped on.

Monarch Butterflies Mating
Monarch Butterflies Mating

Just above this scene behind a wall a plant with a glorious plume of red was attracting Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, and a few small insects.

Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterflies and one Gulf fritillary

Theses butterflies were too busy to line up for a group shot.

Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterflies

Click on any photo for larger view.