Tag Archives: Summer

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

Red was the favorite for this  Palamedes Swallowtail as he zipped around the brilliant Lantana blossoms.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

This garden area had some orange and pink zinnias and other annuals but this butterfly kept coming back to the red.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Head on images of wildlife rarely end up looking good, but I liked this view with the wings folded and antennae out.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

The butterfly then turned a bit to the side showing off his long legs. If you zoom in you can see he’s picked up some pollen in his travels, too.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Click any image for a larger view. 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, August 27, 2019.

Common Buckeye Butterfly

Common Buckeye Butterfly

Common Buckeye ButterflyBouncing gently on a grass frond this Common Buckeye seemed quite content to stay put.

Common Buckeye Butterfly
Common Buckeye Butterfly

This bit of tall grass was within a mowed area that I was able to walk around the other side and still he didn’t move.

Common Buckeye Butterfly
Common Buckeye Butterfly, Grey asphalt background

I haven’t seen many butterflies this summer and it was nice to watch this one for several minutes.

Common Buckeye Butterfly
Common Buckeye Butterfly

Wasp Nest

The light color and change in texture under an old branch over my path drew my attention to this wasp nest. I stopped to take a good look and saw no movement.

Wasp Nest
Wasp Nest

I liked the shape and layers and stopped directly under the nest for another look. Only when I developed the images did I see the wasps crawling on the exterior. If I had realized there were occupants I would have taken some additional closer images.

Wasp Nest
Wasp Nest

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

I’ve stopped to watch Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in this marshy area several times this summer. One day last week a few were quite close to the walk way and were less skittish than on previous visits.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Some of the chicks are nearly adult size but are still sticking close to a parent.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Family
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Family

This one had been standing on the end of the of the walkway and decided to join the others…

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight

…landing in the short greenery with the family group behind him.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Touching Down

Tricolored Heron Trio

Tricolored Herons were dotted all around a small pond last week at Bear Island WMA.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Most of them were sticking to the edges of the water, but these three were interested in hanging out in a group of bushes and kept swapping spots.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

The one on the left had briefly flown off and returned with his pals intently watching his landing.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

The marsh grasses have taken on a variety of hues as the summer progresses, perhaps those greens looking a bit fake.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

Bee on Trumpet Vine

It was a lazy summer afternoon and a few rather large bees buzzed around a group of Trumpet Vine trumpets. They enter the blossoms head first…

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

… then awkwardly back out.

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

Lift off to the next flower.

Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower

This one appeared to pause for a moment on the flower ruffle.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

Pollen sacks loaded but they kept working, this time with a sideways maneuver into the blossom.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower