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Old May 6, 2010, 6:49 AM   #1
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Default Lots of "Bugs" emerging

Record warm temperatures (highs in the 80's F) and plenty of moisture have brought out lots of new "bugs" here in East Tennessee. The Praying Mantis egg sacs are hatcing out plenty of tiny mantids.
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Freshly hatched male butterflies are "puddling" along the old dirt roads. For some reason (maybe they need the extra minerals?), the males of many species of butterflies gather at muddy puddles to drink and "hang out" in the sun. Here are some Pipevine Swallowtails and Tiger Swallowtails...
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Plenty more butterflies are enjoying the abundant nectar of all the spring wildflowers. Here's a Pipevine Swallowtail at a Spring Larkspur, and Pearl Crescent enjoying some Fleabane nectar.
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Some of the butterflies are just staying still, soaking up the amazing warm sunshine - like this red-spotted purple.
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Many Dragonflies are emerging in the warm sun. Saw hundreds of these Ashy Clubtails out yesterday at several nearby streams.
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Now that trees are all leafing out, the forest floor is more shaded, and most of the early spring wildflowers have finished their blooming. But I was pleased to see that one of our rare late-spring wildflowers, Guyandotte Beauty, is still thriving in the damp shaded woodlands.
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Most of these were taken with my new (very used) Sigma 70-300, so any suggestions for improving technique with this lens are greatly appreciated!

Will be gone for the next several days, assisting at some other parks and events, so thanks in advance for any comments, critiques, and suggestions!
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Old May 6, 2010, 9:02 AM   #8
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Awesome shots mate, just... damn you... LOL

I would never be able to get shots like that, plus we don't have the wildlife...
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Those Praying Mantis are such fun - I spotted one on my window-sill last year but I'll have to read up on habitat and the lives of these fascinating creatures - yours look like an invasion from Alien meets Predator !

Spectacular shots of Dragon Flies again (my camera joins Tachi's in the bin). Those were taken with the Sigma 70 - 300 !?! The only way I'll get that close to the dragons around here is if I net them and tranquilise them !
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Plenty more butterflies are enjoying the abundant nectar of all the spring wildflowers. Here's a Pipevine Swallowtail at a Spring Larkspur, and Pearl Crescent enjoying some Fleabane nectar.
as always mole, you put out some really nice shots on a consistent basis.

i really liked #3 of this post Mole. very classic butterfly presentation.
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