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!