I subscribe to the 4 F's of bird photography; Find 'em and Focus Fast before they Fly away!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
'Bama Bugs and Butterflies
The Alabama Gulf Coast abounds in bugs and butterflies, particularly with large dragonflies. I've been able to identify the butterflies, which posed cooperatively for the camera. The dragonflies, however, are perpetual motion insects, rarely lading anywhere long enough to focus the camera. Any names you see on them may well just be a descriptive name so I can tell one shot from another. If anyone knows the names of these dragonflies, I'd sure be glad to learn. The large yellow dragonflies never did land, that I could see. Once we saw a large yellow helicopter flying over, and I quickly told Dick to look up at the giant yellow dragonfly going over!
Painted LadyGulf Fritillary - topside
Gulf Fritillary - bottom side
Why do butterflies go to the beach?
Long-tailed SkipperMystery bug - looks vicious
A 2 inch long spider
I'm glad dragonflies aren't 3 feet big as there were in prehistoric times.
Big fat dragonflies are a favorite Kestrel food.
Don't want to find this beetle in my shoes!