Monday, August 27, 2007

Ironweed gathering


Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor

I stopped to take a picture of this butterfly flittering over New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis).



Then I started noticing just how many other bugs were enjoying the only non-wilted plant within eyesight.


Female Eastern Amberwing, Perithemis tenera



I could swear she was smiling at me.


Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Atteva punctella.

Ready for Halloween.



Then there was this bee. Or fly. Or bee-fly. He was lovely but I got trapped in a bee/fly-mire when trying to identify him.



Same with this skipper.

There were at least 3 or 4 other insects too small or too fast to capture. Even tinier bees. Ants. A white moth.

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Please feel free to suggest IDs if you know them!

22 comments:

DeeMom said...

In a word?


WOW

Debra said...

We know that your camera ROCKS, but you must also have the steadiest hands and keenest eye of anyone in Alabama (shout out to Florence!)
A friend of mine also takes amazing photos of nature - thought you might like her site: http://hswilkinson.com/

Wren said...

What they said.

You have a gift for seeing as well as photographing that you've put to good use in these. Great photos.

mon@rch said...

These are stunning shots of this Pipevine Swallowtail! Also loved your amberwing!

Floridacracker said...

My eyes!
The colors!
The sharp well composednessity! Arrggghhh!

These are fantastic!

Shady Gardener said...

Try this site: http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
The people are Very Helpful when it comes to finding an id on a "bug."

Wonderful photos... many of things I've never seen!

Chris said...

Whoa! I saw my first Amberwing yesterday too! Coincidence? I have a few days of photos to go through, but I've been busy lately. :(

Great shots, as always!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a Butterfly and Moth identification class I took. The professor said " Don't get too caught up in identifying all of your sightings--remember there are thousands of LBM's out there." (Little Brown Moths) :)

casey said...

I love that little smiling dragonfly!

pablo said...

Did you get a new camera? Did I miss a post?

Jer said...

Nice shots!

Rurality said...

Thanks y'all! I am really loving the new camera.

Now, I have set the camera to "vivid" color so now and then the colors might be TOO vivid. Let me know if you think so. I can always reset the thing. I can always vivid them up in the computer but I don't know how to un-vivid them! Hmm.

Also, I have a Vibration Reduction lens. They are $$ but I am such a known camera-shaker that I felt it was worth it. It works VERY well.

Debra, I will check out that site, thanks!

SG, I did, I did! The problem is that there are so many that look so much alike. Well, to me anyway.

Pablo, yep, July 24 was the first
post with the new camera. I got a Nikon D200.

lime said...

these pictures are absolutely STUNNING! i am in awe of yoru skill!

Ava said...

Love those pictures!

KFarmer said...

I was just going to email you and ask what kind of camera you bought-the pics are truly amazing-but you already answered :)I'm looking for a new one and played with my sisters Rebel last week. So much fun!

K T Cat said...

Spectacular. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Ron Sullivan said...

Oh MY but these are good. I oughta send Twisty over here, since she likes bug photos so much. (I like hers too.)

You are indeed worthy of that fine camera.

Kerri said...

These are Wonderful! Exactly the type of pictures I like to view and "try" to take. Great job!

lisa said...

LOVE these bug pics! Not only is your new camera the bomb, but you clearly have an excellent eye for composition...you just plain rock!

susan said...

Great pictures of the ironweed and its gatherers.

I am visiting from Liz at Southern Highlands Cam, where she talks about your "critter cam".

Have a great weekend!

Deborah said...

What kind of lens are you using? And are you using a tripod or monopod? They are wonderful photographs. I am pursuing insect photography too. Deborah C.

Rurality said...

I've only bought one lens so far - the 18 - 200 VR. No tripod or monopod... the vibration reduction works really well.