Friday, August 25, 2017

Bugs at a Distance

It`s great when you capture, or see in another blog, those pictures of a Monarch or Swallowtail sitting still on a bright flower, and allowing you to make multiple close-up portraits.  But that`s not how I see most flying bugs.  They`re a buzz and a blur, a shadow or a movement on a blossom.  And they rarely sit still so you can`t get very close.  Here are a few of my bug photos, mostly from today.  A lot of cropping of my images was required to make these viewable!

I finally saw a Mourning Cloak sitting still.  I think there must be some useful minerals in our driveway, I see so many butterflies sitting there briefly.

This Question Mark, another first of the year for me, thought the same thing.

On the other hand, I`ve seen many of these Cabbage Whites.  I`ve seen a dozen at a time, fluttering around the edge of those crop fields I`ve been photographing.  But do they land - very rarely!  This one sat still for 3 shots!

A bee buries its head in a Goldenrod.

And a wasp you don`t want to trouble with.

I was surprised to see this Hummingbird Clearwing, of the hawkmoth family on a tall Obedient Plant.

This isn`t a bug, but always an interesting critter.  This isn`t the first year I`ve found a Spring Peeper high up under the umbrella on the deck.  It had to climb a vertical metal pole to get here!

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16 comments:

  1. it is always more rewarding to capture our subjects on a pretty flower. i can get the butterflies but never my dear hummingbirds. i rarely see the hummingbird clearwings, that would surely be a treat for me!!

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  2. I have never heard of the top butterfly. After seeing your comma I need to look up one that I have, that sure isn't a comma. I like the name for the small frog. We have some small ones with no patterns that change color to its surroundings. Golden rod we have in the wild and some people plant it as a flower in their gardens.

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  3. I love the butterflies...and oh, be still my heart with the spring pepper!

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  4. Yes, flying bugs and butterflies can be a challenge alright and it sure requires some patience and a steady hand to get photos of them. You did well. I like how you know the names of the various species. I'm still at the 'butterfly is a butterfly' stage.

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  5. The butterflies are hard to photograph for sure. Great job!

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  6. Lovely butterflies. Good captures of several of these beauties. And the peeper and the end is kind of cute. :-)

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  7. More excellent photos that you managed to get, you have a lot of patience.

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  8. Frogs and toads can be exceptional climbers!

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  9. I think you managed to take some great pictures.
    I've never heard of a Mourning Cloak or a Question Mark. What interesting names they have.

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  10. Wonderful photos, all! I so love seeing the critters.

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  11. You found some rather interesting moths and bugs, and the photos are great! Looks like you have all the right kind of flowers (and stones) to lure them in. We've been seeing so many monarchs here this year. As soon as my husband brought the camera out, they all disappeared!

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  12. Next to a camera, the most important thing to have in order to get good photos of butterflies is patience. Unfortunately there's not a store around here that sells it and I can't find any patience on-line, so I rely on luck instead.

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  13. So much activity and beauty around us when we stop and look (and photograph).

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  14. We usually see Mourning Cloaks in the spring and early summer. They are a hint that better weather is on the way. - Margy

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  15. the peeper and the end is kind of cute. :-)


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