Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:06 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default Some 'Flies and Friends

Record-breaking rainfall here in East Tennessee has made for low numbers and low diversity of butterflies. But the few and the hardy are easier to approach when they are avoiding the showers! Here are a few recent samples.

Have tried for several years to get a good shot at a Silver-Spotted Skipper. Usually the bright sunlight on the silvery spot blows out all the highlights. But damp and shade made it easier to catch the subtle tones... (This one is enjoying some Common Milkweed nectar)
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:08 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

This Red Admiral looks a bit battered from storms. It's perched on the larval host plant - Stinging Nettle.
Attached Images
  
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:09 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Something ate a crayfish at the edge of one of our home park's creeks. These Red Spotted Purples are licking the residue off of the bits of crayfish shell!
Attached Images
  
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:12 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have probably been our commonest butterfly recently. Here's a recently emerged female (black phase) drying its wings on a boxelder tree trunk, and a very fresh male (more typical color) "hanging out" in the drizzly damp woods.
Attached Images
  
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

And now for a few butterfly "friends."

We've seen a good hatching recently of these big moths known as Tulip Tree Beauties. This one was perched on the wall of a bath house at the home park, very close to a large grove of Tulip Poplar trees (their larval host plant).
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Have only seen a few Hummingbird Moths this summer. This one was working the Common Milkweed blooms...
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:16 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Oops, I left out one butterfly. We've seen plenty of one of our smallest native butterflies this summer. Perhaps the Least Skippers are better at dodging raindrops?
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:17 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Speaking of little things, here's a female Fragile Forktail (damselfly) that is in the midst of a "delicious" meal of fresh-caught gnat!
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:18 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

And here are two creatures that thrive in the cool and wet. First is a Giant Millipede (our largest natives species here) that was kind enough to pose on a convenient tree trunk.
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2013, 7:20 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 7,549
Default

Second is one that did not want to pose. This young Northern Watersnake would not hold still for a good portrait - probably too busy hunting for young green frogs.
Attached Images
   
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
0
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:19 PM.




SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2