Apparently our butterfly bush isn’t attractive to just monarch caterpillars.
Yesterday when I looked at the plant from the front door, I was surprised to see a little dragonfly hanging on for dear life amid the wind gusts. Of course, that meant I had to grab my Nikon dSLR and snap a bunch of photos before it flew off.
It’s been a couple years since we’ve had any dragonflies in the front yard, and I’ve really missed them. I hope this means that I’ll see them more often. Especially now that the butterfly bush’s leaves have been stripped bare once again.
The “welcome” sign has been turned on!
I imagine that when most people see an itsy bitsy spider crawling on their computer monitor, they knock it off.
But as you well know, I’m not like anyone else. When I spied this little guy, my first reaction (after being relieved at its small size) was to grab my Nikon dSLR and start shooting.
I guess traversing my iMac is one way to find the web!
Do you know what this is?
When I glanced out my front door’s windows yesterday afternoon, something scooching up the wall caught my eye. You know me . . . first, I grabbed my Nikon dSLR. Then I opened the door and started snapping away.
My first guess was that this was a fuzzy caterpillar. It was tempting to touch it . . . but ewwwwww! No way was I going near this wooly worm-like creature (glad I wielded a 105mm lens). I had never seen anything like it before.
Good thing my fear of creepy, crawly critters made me keep my distance. A Google search identified my visitor as a puss moth caterpillar, also known as an asp. It’s one of the most-toxic caterpillars in North America. Yes, the entire flippin’ continent!
That cute, furry look with the long eyelashes? Just a disguise for a savage, tiny beast that can cause a sting with its brown spine that could have you scurrying for the emergency room.
During my latest photowalk last Sunday, I made a discovery:
It’s not just bees and butterflies that like wildflowers as much as I do.
Bugs enjoy the flower-power scene, too.
It’s a treat when I lean in close with my Nikon 105mm macro lens to see something looking back at me, especially if it doesn’t have a stinger attached.
I guess they’re just nature lovers, too!
Last week as I was walking to the back door, I noticed this large, green bug that looked like a leaf with legs hanging on a window. You know me, right? I ran into the house to grab my Nikon dSLR and a couple long lens choices. I wanted to get close but not too close . . . just in case it decided to attack me.
If a bug looks like a leaf, should it attack? Or just “leaf” me alone. (Sorry. I know I should’ve resisted.)
As I took a minute to observe the bug’s temporary (hopefully!) habitat, I wondered if it regretted its landing spot on our very dirty back window.
I guess so!
The scariest part of shooting wildflowers is sharing space with bees and wasps.
I know that the bees are essential for pollination and making honey. Yeah, I get that.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t scare the bee-jeesus out of me when they move towards me if I zoom in too closely. Don’t they like the beesarazzi?
These pretty purple flowers were growing close to the bluebonnets. Know why I liked them? One reason, of course, was their beauty. But the other?
While looking at our paltry back landscaping with Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm macro lens in hand, I spied a fly on a shrub’s leaf. Pretty ho-hum except for the emerald -green coloring.
But then, hello! Something fuzzy was hiding within the shrub.
It was a cute, little caterpillar!
I love looking at and photographing butterflies. Of course, I know they’re caterpillars first, but I don’t think I’ve ever snapped pix of the fuzzy larva before.
Now I have! Wonder how it will look when it’s a butterfly . . . er, moth. Will I be able to take its photo, too? Will I even know which one it is?
Where are name tags when you need them!
Update: Super butterfly-identifier Brant thinks this is a webworm caterpillar; these change into moths.
This is how you know that your partner of 22 years really understands you:
When the Mister (and our #2 son) picked up our #1 son and myself from the Columbus, Ohio, airport recently, he wanted to do one thing first: Drive to Delaware State Park (yes, it’s actually in Ohio) and show me some wildflowers to photograph. Good thing I had my Nikon D300 and Nikon 105mm macro lens at the ready!
As regular readers know, shooting photos at a disc golf tournament, like the Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, involves so much more than just capturing action for me. I sometimes enjoy snapping the flowers and insects more, especially the ones that don’t move!
Speaking of bugs, there weren’t many willing to sit and pose for me. Particularly not butterflies, unfortunately.
And there really weren’t a lot of wildflowers to photograph. Kind of disappointing considering some of the disc golf play was in state parks, which I thought would be overflowing with flora.
Texas definitely has more wildflowers everywhere you go. Perhaps it has to do with the climate.
This wildflower was my favorite among the few I saw. It starts out purple . . .
. . . and ends up all fluffy! Ready to dance in the wind and settle in new locations around Ohio. Maybe they’ll even swoop down south, pick up some wildflower seeds from Texas during their travels, and give the locals more variety to look at!