Ooh...nice, Hack, I'm jealous!
Most of the Dragonflies I see rarely land and when they do, it's only for an instant. I saw a beautiful one this afternoon just as I was stepping out my patio door, but before I realized it was there, I scared it off. I know absolutely nothing about Dragonflies but it was huge and the whole length of the body (or the top of the body) looked white with possibly black wings. I need to check out Bug Files.
nutsaboutnature, I have a trick that often works for me with dragonflies. Ever go fishing with a cane pole and have dragonflies land on the tip, as if they are drawn to it.
Well, I'm often outside enjoying my birds and will see dragonflies flying to and fro. I have a 3-foot 1/4 inch dowel with a slender twig taped to the tip. I go and stick it in the ground, and before long a dragonfly will land on the tip. The first of my three d-flies has landed on top of a white-painted wire coat hanger (I cut a 9-10 inch piece out of it and bent the tip over a tad) that I had taped to the end of the dowel rod. After a while d-flies would land, but take off before I got set up - I think the wire got too hot - it was in full sunlight.
So, I replaced the wire coat hanger with a slender leafless tea olive twig (though I think any plant would do) and the d-flies landed and stayed. On the widow skimmer, I even had time to go to the house, get the camera and come back, it was still there.
But, still, don't move too rapidly, else they'll take off. I'm in a wheelchair and I don't think they know I'm a human. The birds let me get pretty close sometimes, but then again, by now, they probably know I'm harmless - and also, I have the food, lol.
Those are lovely shots of the dragonflies, Hack!
The bird in the pic above is a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I have 2 juveniles and one adult male, that really loves the pond. It's the first Summer, that I get them everyday, in the yard. The other years, I'd see them mostly in the Spring as a couple.
Burn and Hackster, beautiful shots. And thanks for the tips on how to capture a dragonfly Hack. Any tips on a hummingbird? I have so many but can never catch them still enough for a great photo.
I did get this dragonfly, only because he landed right in front of me and I happened to have my camera on. Also a baby wren in a nest...not the best shot, but ma-ma was really scolding me in the background. There is actually three in there but you could only see one. They are all now happily living in my garden hopping around.
Nope, sunkissed, no hummer tips, except, that I have my feeder on the porch and I back up into the laundry room with the door to the outside opened. With the laundry room light off, that kinda' puts me in the shadow inside the room. The I just have to wait and be ready. The hummer takes many sips for me. I also were a dark colored shirt, not a white t-shirt.
nuts... that's a sweet capture of the chickadee. Oh, I love the color of those flowers. Nice shots of the honey bee, too
Thank you Bernadette for the new thread, love the opening of the thread photos. Whoa! I saw several adult yellow-bellied sapsuckers in early spring, but haven't seen any more, either adult or juvie. Glad you've shared the pics. Nutsaboutnature, love the bee on your beautiful flower pics. Nice catch! Aww, the "dees" are one of my fav. birds in the garden. Sherri, glad the wren juvie did ok, I like dragon fly but rarely catch them standing still for pics. Gotta try Hack's Dragonfly- rod some time. Thanks Hack for sharing idea. It's nice having joining us here.
Nice pics, Lily! Boy, I could swear I just read something recently about "Longtailed Skippers" being kind of rare...but I could be wrong since my butterfly knowledge could fit on the end of a pin head!
Wow. I have looked back at the last few "issues" of the Wildlife threads and have seen some stunning images. I think it is so cool to have deer come up in your yard. There are none in my suburban neighborhood. I took up photography as a hobby a few years ago and have enjoyed nature/outdoor photography the most, so these wildlife images are so wonderful to see.
Also enjoyed the tips like Hack's bamboo perch for the dragons. That's a great idea. Lots of dragons in my backyard today and I have some bamboo gardening stakes, so I'm set!
Sunkissed, you asked for tips on hummingbirds. I went to a photography workshop in the Texas Hill Country area a while back and the landowners had a lot of hummingbirds at the feeders on their porch. The photography instructor (photo lead) took all but one feeder down and let the birds get used to that idea. They were not too terribly happy, but they got over it.
Then, she put a table under the one feeder and put a potted cactus plant on the table. The plant was about four feet off of the ground and the feeder was about six feet off the ground. Then we got our cameras set up for the composition we wanted and set up some flashes.
1. I took a few photos of her hand until we got the flash power correct for all three flashes. You can do this with just one flash though. Really no need to get this fancy. The important thing is how you get a nice photo without a feeder in the image.
2. Once we got the flashes set, the photo lead started lowering the feeder so that it was getting closer and closer to the cactus flower. The birds didn't care that she was standing right by the feeder. They just kept coming in.
3. Then she got a dropper bottle with some of the same sugar water nectar that was in the feeder and added a few drops to the flower on the left side of the cactus. The birds pretty much ignored it. But, then she took the feeder down - oh, my! - that got their attention and they flew around fussing for a bit. After just a minute or so, the first bird went to check out the flowers.
It didn't take long until they were all hovering near the flowers waiting their turn. They would all hover for a bit at almost the same place. I caught them there several times. Then, they would all feed at the same spot because that was the only spot with nectar. We would add a few more drops from time to time and all four of the students had a chance to sit on the porch (one at a time) and photograph the hummers. Unfortunately, I never did catch a male. But, a couple of the students did.
Of course, it is best to use some type of flower that is sturdy enough to hold some nectar.
I was using a Canon camera with a 400mm lens. I used ISO 320, f/9 and 1/250 sec shutter speed.
But, if your hummers are really hungry and accustomed to people being around, you can do this with a point and shoot, sitting three or four feet from the plant. One of the students used a much shorter lens and sat quite close. She got one of the males with the beautiful ruby colored gorget lit up by the flashes.
Great tips you have giving us, Hack and Patti!
Kim that Robber fly look tiny, good job!
Aww sweet on the baby Wren!
Great little pollinators, Nuts. They are hard workers. I've set up a mason bee house last year, and I got a few takers. Hoping with every year, there will be an increase of these magnificent pollinators.
Hack, do you know, what bug this is? It jumps when you touch it.
Hack, I saw what I think was a bright blue Damselfly a couple of days ago. It was beautiful! I ran in to get my camera, but of course, by the time I returned it was no where to be found. Oh well, I'll keep trying...and looking at the ones you and others post.
nutsaboutnature wrote:Hack, I saw what I think was a bright blue Damselfly a couple of days ago. It was beautiful! I ran in to get my camera, but of course, by the time I returned it was no where to be found. Oh well, I'll keep trying...and looking at the ones you and others post.
I bet it was pretty, too. I haven't come across a Damselfly around here. They fly like dragonflies, but, of course, when they land they fold their wings back over their abdomen, unlike a dragonfly.
Ain't that just the way it always happens - no camera, something beautiful presents itself. Now, when I'm tooling around the yard on the 4-wheeler, I keep my camera around my neck. Been burned too many times.
Patti, just now reading your post about the hummingbird photography. Thanks so much. That is quite interesting. The only good shots I've taken are with a feeder in the photo, so that is great information. I only have a point and shoot camera, but do find with hummers it is best to use the flash.
The photos you posted are awesome. Thanks again.
Wow! Sunkissed, the ladybug close-ups are excellent! I've seen ladybugs, but never when they were chowing down on aphids. Very cool!
I was out at a nearby park trying to shoot some video of tadpoles and this butterfly wouldn't leave me alone. Good problem to have, huh? I don't know why it liked the camo on my lens so much, but it kept flying up and sitting on it. I just ignored it after a while, but I did have to pull out my cell phone and take a few shots.
The second two are cropped so you can see the little guy. He sort of blends in with the camo.
I wonder if he was puddling? It was horribly hot that day and the camo lens cover is probably covered with salty sweat from my hands. I'll have to look up what kind of butterfly this is and see if they puddle.
As for puddling, did you happen to see it sitting around the water's edge, in the mud? I read that they like to congregate in unpleasant places. Tawny Emperors rarely visit flowers, but they do like tree sap, rotting fruit, dung and carrion - ugh.
Hack, Thanks for the ID! I couldn't figure out what it was. I never did notice where it went when it wasn't on my lens. But, that is quite possible since I was right on the water's edge. It was one of the few butterflies out there.
P_Edens wrote:Hack, Thanks for the ID! I couldn't figure out what it was. I never did notice where it went when it wasn't on my lens. But, that is quite possible since I was right on the water's edge. It was one of the few butterflies out there.
Patti, how did the video on the tadpoles work out? Here comes a male Eastern Tigerswallowtail, I think. Yesterday I had a female, this must be the subsequent brood since spring. Hack, have I got the gender on these butterfly down? Needed your help.
Lily, I will be interested to hear how to tell the difference between male and female Tigers. I do see the dark females in the Houston area, but I wouldn't know if a yellow one was male or female.
The tadpole video was not so good. I really needed a polarizing filter to cut the glare on the water. They were huge bullfrog tadpoles, swimming around just under the surface and feeding on algae. Every once in a while, one would pop up to the surface and extend about two inches or so out of the water and then just flop right back down in the water. One of the strangest things I've ever seen. I think maybe they were transitioning from gills to lungs and they had to surface to breathe.
Morning, Hack - Really enjoyed all the wildlife pics. #5 is Canada Geese.
The 4th pic is a Muscovy Duck. They're commonly domesticated and, in fact, I had some Muscovies as pets many years ago along with other ducks and geese. They come in a wide array of colors, each one unique, and are fairly gentle.
Also, one year my husband and I were taking a "sort of" working vacation on an 80-acre farm in Michigan...much of it wooded plus it had a huge pond... owned by his sister and brother-in-law. They bought it as a place to bring their 7 kids on occasion, but most of the time it sat empty. We needed a break badly and they suggested we spend some time there.
During our 6-months there we built, repaired, drove tractors, chopped wood and had a wonderful time. They had a large variety of Chickens, Ducks and Geese of numerous types and during Spring they were all nesting and having offspring. Occasionally we had to try to save a baby for one reason or another. The living room became a baby nursery with small enclosures...each with heating pads, food, water and more. Some also required medication on regular schedules. We also had a small kid's pool in the yard with a ramp for growing ducks and geese. They would climb into our laps and nibble on our bare toes. It was a blast!
One of our many successes was a newly hatched Muscovy that was cold and lifeless when we found him in the empty nest. Having dealt with many baby birds in the past, I suggested that my husband cradle it in his hands and carefully blow on it to warm it's tiny body. After a while with no results we were starting to feel discouraged, when suddenly it loudly "peeped" and sat up. It was a wonderful moment and my husband named him "Miracle". We watched Miracle grow for a couple of months then saw him again several months later during a visit and he still remembered his name.
Sorry for such a long story, but it brings back so many memories of all those newly hatched babies.
Oh, Thanks riceke, but I'm super-familiar with the Black-capped Chickadee as we've had lots of them year 'round for many, many years. Guess I just didn't post the name since they're so common and many of us have Chickadees of assorted types in various parts of the country. I appreciate the thought, though.
nutsaboutnature...wasn't trying to be a know it all, just figured ya might have added the wrong description to the pic. I had a Carolina Wren (1st time I've seen one other than the common House Wren) build a nest in the corner of my patio cover 2 years in a row. Looked like a House but had lighter in more yellowish hue. Used to sit with my morning coffee watching her building the nest, feeding the chick but never got to see the maiden flight. She figured out my schedule and kicked them out of the nest when I wasn't there.
Riceke - I know you were trying to be helpful and I really appreciate it. I never thought you were being a know-it-all and if it sounded that way I apologize. Possibly the way I worded my sentence seemed like I was calling the Chickadee a Wren, but the Wrens I referred to were the babies Sunkissed had.
Chickadees are sometimes difficult to get a decent picture of. They're super-friendly, but they rarely sit still which is why I mentionted it in that post.
It's really cool that you could enjoy your coffee while watching the nest-building activities! Sorry you never got to see the babies.
If you get an opportunity to take pictures of any of the critters in your yard, we'd all love to see them. If not, just join in on the conversations, anytime!
One thing I've observed about chickadees is I have a communal birdfeeder, that is sometimes shared with vagabond squirrels, where I have mostly cardinals defending. I get a big smile because the cardinals will drive everything off except the chickadees. It's like a circus, one or two will come to the station, the cardinals attack and another bunch of chickadees come in from the other side, and back and forth. Finally the cardinals give up. They are brave little creatures that seem not to have any fear of the beautiful but aggressive cardinal.
That must be hysterical to watch! The Cardinals in my yard are pretty tolerant of most other birds, but within their own breed they have a definite "pecking order" and the males won't share a feeder, sometimes chasing each other all over the yard.
You're right about the Chickadees being brave. They're usually the first ones to try out a new feeder even if all the other birds avoid it.
Great pictures! This is one of my favorites from this summer. This little chippie lives under our patio, and he comes out to eat birdseed. One of the feeders is hanging near this plant, so seed falls down in it. Chippie retrieves the fallen seed.
Those are some pretty critters. I liked your pics so much that I read the EXIF data of your bunny photo. I see you used a Nikon Coolpix P5100. It did a great job for you. Both my wife and I have a P5100 each. I use mine for time-lapse opening of flowers and watching the growth of my Blue Sky Vine. She uses hers for birthdays, wedding showers, thanksgiving - everything - says my 40D / 7D cameras with their lenses are too big for her - but I'm used to the big camera setups. Now, the P5100 seems like a toy in my hands now, but it is certainly not a toy - as your pics show, it is a quality camera.
Do you ever have any problems with chipmunks tearing up your potted plants (throwing the soil out of the pot, like they're digging for something)? - I did, until I raised my pots and sat them atop concrete blocks.
Oh my gosh...my dreams have come true...our Squirrels are learning to grow their own food!!
As with many of you, I'm sure, our squirrels dig holes everywhere and deposit ( or "plant") food. Ours mostly plant sunflower seeds and whole corn. The corn grows quickly and usually gets mowed down when my husband does the lawn or pulled out of the flower beds by me. Last year we let one in an unused pot grow, just for fun, to see how tall it would get. We didn't expect it to produce anything as they need cross pollination (in rows). After it dried we kind of forgot about it.
Imagine our surprise yesterday to see the tiny dried ear of corn that fell off while we were working outside.
The link below is to my post from a year ago in the squirrel forum. It shows the growing stalk. Below that are a couple of pics of the ear of corn. It measures about 3-1/2" X1-1/4". Now that I've taken photos I intend to give it to the squirrels as a reward. Gee, I wonder if anyone sells tiny pairs of bib overalls...
LOL. Those tree rats ought to be good for something! If you can't find those tiny bib overalls, there's always Photoshop. ^_^
In spite of the fact that they scarf down my birdseed, I enjoy watching the squirrels as much as the birds. I just wish they would learn to eat out of their own feeders and leave the bird feeders alone. I finally found a system they can't defeat. At least the squirrels in my yard haven't figured out how yet. The squirrel baffle on the pole gets 'em every time. It might just be a matter of time before they figure it out though.
Patti, I guess it depends on the size of the squirrel baffles. It sounds like yours work well. My husband built large cone-shaped baffles out of galvanized steel probably at least 8 years ago. He made templates so he can replace them, but they last a very long time. He replaced them once even though they still worked fine, just so they'd look better.
We have tons of squirrels and they have not climbed the poles since he put the baffles up. They don't even try any more. We give the squirrels their own food and they get the seed that drops from the feeders. They also find other food around the yard...I've even seen them gorging on the "helicopter" maple seeds that fall from my neighbors tree.
I think some people put up baffles that are too small or too low. We learned quickly. The first ones we put up worked most of the time, but some of the larger squirrels got around them. The feeders also need to be high enough or they'll leap right over the baffles.
TheHackster & P_Edens & nutsaboutnature - Thanks! I do like this camera. I use the old ULead to crop and enhance, and I just recently realized I can improve the focus. The focus makes a huge difference. Also, I've noticed the outdoor light makes a big difference too. Obviously the chippie was in the sunlight, so the colors were vibrant. The bunny visits near dusk, so no matter how much I focus and contrast, it is muted.
We have lots of birds, and many times the photo shots are too far away to get a clear picture, even with the zoom. I have been thinking about getting a different camera with a better zoom. Any suggestions ?
The chippie doesn't dig up the potted plants, but the brittle ones do get broken. And, of course, the birdseed he misses sprouts. This picture was taken in early summer. Now one of the marigolds is hanging because it is bent. It continues to bloom !
The camera would depend on what you like to shoot and your preferences, but I can recommend the Nikon Coolpix P510 if you are interested in a Bridge type camera. It came out in February of 2012. I was helping a friend here on DG sort through a lot of different cameras and that's what she ended up getting. I think she likes it.
It has a tremendous 42X zoom, 24 to 1000mm.
It does have some drawbacks though, so it just depends on what features you like. Making a list of the things you absolutely must have (at least 15X zoom, for example), things you would like to have and things you absolutely don't want (interchangeable lenses, for example) would help to narrow it down.
You might want to come up with a few things you want and don't want and what you mostly will photograph and start a thread in the Cameras and Photography forum here. A lot of photographers monitor that thread and will likely have some good recommendations.
These two groundhogs live under our little patio. We named the big one Murray, and the little one Kit. I think perhaps Murray should have been called Marie :) They eat peanuts, apples, zucchini bread, and occasionally birdseed.
Countrymom, after a huge amount of research I narrowed it down to two bridge cameras (for my needs) and still had trouble deciding. They are the Panasonic DMC FZ150 and the CANON SX40 HS. I am in the process of playing with both of them. I originally planned to keep one and return one, but decided I'd sell one on eBay instead to give me a little more time.
I actually love them both. Each one has features I prefer over the other so in the end I'll just have to pick one. All of the pics I've posted recently have come from one or the other of these two cameras (and I've only scratched the surface of what they'll do).
They come out with new ones all the time and, in fact, Panasonic has their newest bridge camera coming out this month (for even more money!).
Like Patti said, you should decide what your priorities would be. My needs may be entirely different than yours.
Countrymom you just have all kinds of cute critters under that patio. Love the animal shots.
Nuts, I've had tomatoes come up in pots that I'm sure the squirrels put the seeds there. I had two surprise plants this year, one cherry and one regular tomatoes. The cherry plant actually did very well and produced many tomatoes, but the other only gave us two and died out.
Hack just WOW on the tiger swallowtails, so great, especially the male. So Sharp. I like the turtles, I'm a turtle lover.
1. Green anole
2. Oleander cat
3. This poor squirrel has a growth on the neck, but seems to be fine.
4. Happy to have zebra longwings back this year...wish they'd stay still enough for a good shot. ☺
5. Another squirrel
Hack, I don't know how I missed your Tiger Swallowtail pics and your most recent Dragonflies! Beautiful shots of the butterflies and, as always, I'm amazed how many dragonflies you get!
Sunkissed - what an incredible variety! I bet the Green Anole would blend in with a lot of foliage. That Oleander cat is very unusual looking...kind of like a porcupine. Oh, that poor little Squirrel. I hope whatever that growth is goes away. The Zebra Longwing is just beautiful and the squirrel pose on the end is so cute.
How nice of your squirrels to grow tomatoes for you!
This is one of the many Ground Squirrels that inhabit our yard.
Countrymom, The groundhogs are so cute! And ditto what Nutsaboutnature said. They do eat well!
Sunkissed, What a treat to see all those photos! The cat is gorgeous and would make a great bottle brush. ^_^ Glad the squirrel is managing - poor little guy. Just love that last squirrel image - looks like he climbed up there and peeked out just to pose for you. How cute!
Nutsaboutnature, That little ground squirrel is so cute - we don't see anything like that around here. Beautiful golden light on that bunny! Perfect time for photography.
Thanks, P_Edens! Ground Squirrels are in the same family as Chipmunks and just like chipmunks, they stuff their cheeks with food to hide away for the Winter since they're partial hibernators. They live underground in burrows that they dig under just about anything. Sometimes that can cause problems, but yes, they are extremely adorable.
Nuts I love the bunny, and your harvest of corn from your squirrel. lol .
Sunkissed, do you raise butterflies? The Zebra longwings is a beautiful one. cute Oleander cat too.
Countrymom, love your pair of groundhogs. I'd be like you and feed all sort of animals, if I had my way. But some of my neighbors, would probably do them harm here... And I saw the other day, that you had asked me quite a while back, on my facebook account, if I was the same person as on here. Yes I am.. I hardly ever go on facebook. I pop in there once in a blue moon. ;)
Hack, that be shot is really nice. I also like the shade of pink in your flower.
1. A ladybug larva
2. Pupa stage
3 and 4 are two different newly emerged ladybug.
Nice capture of the bumble bee on the pretty snapdragon Hack. Bernadette, love that series of the ladybug transformation. It's a pleasure to find those in the garden. I've been watching this Preying Mantis since spring. It does morph rather slowly. Then yesterday I discovered a second one on my little container garden. Beside these two green ones. I saw one (preying mantis) that is brown, and its body varies somewhat, it look half walking stick-like, half preying mantis. If and when I find the picture of that brown Mantis I'll post to share here.
Second pix, I've two Tersa Sphinx moths that eclosed earlier this morning. As it's turning dard outdoor, I'll free them to enjoy the flowers outside. The pictures are pretty much self explaintory, the last one shows a little cup with two remainder Tersa Sphinx pupae and a Tobaco hornworm pupa.
Glad to see the Sphinx moth. They are interesting creatures that I seldom see unless I go to the arboretum in Houston where there are usually a couple of different types. Hope you can get a shot of the brown mantis.
Nan, they're so adorable. How cool is that to see them coming so close to the garden. Bet your grandchildren are glad to see them too. Patti, I found the photos of the brown Preying Mantis. Will be back with pics. in a moment.
1, 2, & 3 are those of the brown Preying Mantis, look at its abdomen; it takes shape of a walking stick's, rather than the Mantis' ab. What say you?. #4 is the seedpod on a double blooming datura that was polinated by one of the nocturnal moths. And I am giving credits to my Tersa sphinx Moth-- I'm pretty sure because of their present in the garden thus made my seedpod viable. By far I had quite a few blooms, but only this lone seedpod survived. Others probably were not pollinated. I released a 3rd Tersa sphinx moth yesterday. :))
Nuts, what an adorable ground squirrel and a nice clear shot of the bunny.
Hack, great catch of the bumble bee...I love to watch my bumble bees and try to photo graph them...not an easy task.
No burn I don't raise butterflies, well sort of, I help them out and do have a garden full of them and host plants for the cats. The oleander cats ate every single leaf on my plants, now I see the pretty moth flying around...hope to catch a photo of them...sort of looks like a colorful wasp.
lily hunting for the praying mantis was like "Where's Waldo"...lol. I don't think I've ever seen a praying mantis in my garden.
nanny, how wonderful to have visits of deer in the mornings, they are so cute.
We have a family of 5 wrens and a family of 3 cardinals. that we love to watch every morning and evening in our garden. I just can't seem to get close enough for a good photo...have to use the zoom in. And forget getting a shot of the hummingbirds...maybe I should get a feeder and they'll stay still long enough.
The dark swallowtails are loving my pentas right now, they don't seem to mind me while photographing them.
Last shot is a brown anole with his dewlap extended.
Agreed, Sherri. Those Mantises are quite elusive. Love your photos of the critters in the garden. These past weeks I've seen baby Mockingbird and a feisty Momma tried to swoop down on my dog during our morning walk. It's funny since the dog was oblivious to the action of the tiny bird/aggressor above his head. But the bird was non-so happy seeing the big dog by the Azalea shrub that the birds nest is inside. The Anole is quite big isn't it? neat photo!
Burn, love the shots of the ladybug at various stages...very cool! Thanks for the compliments on my pics. I wonder if I can teach the Squirrels to plant in rows. They'd get a much larger harvest that way!
Lily, great shots of the Praying Mantis and the Tersa Sphinx! Is the Tobacco Hornworm like the Tomato Hornworm?
Awwww, nanny, such a sweet family!! The fawns are darling! During the Summer, our Deer mostly come at night. We start seeing them more during the day in Autumn, then much more in Winter.
Nice (and interesting) pics, Lily! You peaked my curiosity with that unusual brown "Walking Stick" Mantis. I searched a little online, but all I found is that brown is a common color and sometimes even just humidity levels will change the color, but no mention of one that looked more like a Walking Stick. But it appears that lots of people ask about that based on the comments I found.
Thanks for your kind comments, Sunkissed! Your pics are great! I love the Brown Anole...perfect timing!
n.a.n. The two Hornworms are very similar, one has a V stripe and the other a one stroke-like slant. V = Tomato, and the one / is for the tomato. They do eat plants that are in the nightshade family, such as tomato and tabacco potatoe ect. The Tersa however feed on Pentas which is a tender perennial here in my zone.
Lily we had mocking birds that nested in my garden every year and they would get nasty if anyone came around their babies, and my poor dog, they'd swoop down on her all the time. She didn't mind them either. However over the years the cardinals have staked their claim here and I see them chase the mocking birds away. They all love to eat the berries on my Podocarpus trees.
Hack I think skinks are so cool looking, they are pretty skittish though. I have some good shots of some, I'll have to dig in the archives to find them.
I'm just thrilled! I've been seeing quite a few insects on my Gaillardia (and also a few on my Black-eyed Susans) that I don't remember seeing before. Naturally I figured they were an invader of some kind, but left them alone till I knew for sure.
I posted a question in DG "Insect and Spider Identification" earlier today and got an answer very quickly from "Flapdoodle"
It turns out it's a beneficial pollenator and predator called a Soldier Beetle 'Chauliognathus'. Many of you may already be familiar with them. I guess they're pretty common so I'm not sure why I don't recall them.
I took a few pics this morning so I could get it identified. I think it's kind of a neat-looking bug. I hope all of you are lucky enough to have some of these guys.
That is very interesting, Nuts. I came upon the same bug, for the first time this summer. Thanks for the info on it. You've done the work for me. :)
Neat skink, Hack. I'm sure he enjoys playing hide and seek with you. lol
Great find, Kim. He is not easy to spot.
Ohhh nice catch on the black Swallowtail butterfly, and the little anole, sunkissed.
How neat, we can learn about interesting bugs from each other which we'd never have noticed before. n.a.n. The bug's has stripes on its abdomen looks somewhat what as if it mimics a Wasp? I am glad to share what I've observed...only now I can't post photos on DG. I hope THE bug can be worked out soon.
Lily, I was so fascinated by this insect that I wanted others to know about it, too.
I agree about the new uploading feature! I've been following the two threads about it so I know you've not been able to load pics. I'm able to upload, but some pics won't load at all and just sit there. I also can't use the CTRL multiple upload feature even though it works for me on every other website I've used it on. Personally, I was perfectly happy with the old uploading feature...Hmph...progress!
So was I-- being contented with the old uploading feature. It would be sad if I should have to part with DG eventually due in part due to PROGRESS. I don't know what else to do... trying to FIX something I don't know how to is proven quite nonappealing.
Lily, you mentioned that you thought you were on G. Chrome, but that you were actually on IE so you switched around. If you can go back to IE, try clicking on "Tools" at the very top of the screen (where it says File, Edit, etc.). about half way down does it say Compatibility View or Compatibility View Settings?
If it says Compatibility View, does it have a check-mark next to it or is it grayed out?
Hmmm...that is very odd??? I'm sorry, I know it's so frustrating. Would you try one more thing? This needs to be done while you're on DG. At the very top of your screen next to the browser, do you see a funny-looking Icon that looks kind of like a broken, jagged white square? If so, try clicking on it. That's another way to change Compatibility View.
After reading about this in the thread, I've tried switching back and forth. What I've found is when Compatibility View is ON I can't see the "Choose a File" link. As soon as I click it off, that link comes back. Even so, the new feature is still having problems, but at least you should be able to load one pic at a time.
Edited to say: Oops, I should have mentioned that the icon might look Green instead of White, which means Compatibility View is ON. If you click on it to turn it OFF it should turn White. Either way, check to see if you have "Choose a File" after clicking it.
Here comes the Praying Mantis. I think it's a female, and that she's pregnant maybe? She looks it anyhow. I noticed 3 Mantises in the garden. However, this particular one isn't very elusive. "She" seems to have chosen this brug. as her domain. When the wind is high, or the temp. is very hot. She will mozy down to the base of the container for shelter. Then sooner than later she's would come out to hunt and play.
Love your pics, Kim! Your Mantis looks like she's "just chillin' and enjoying the view". Beautiful blue Damselfly. I rarely see Dragonflies or Damselflies in my area and the rare one I see is always when my camera's in the house.
Great pictures of your bugs Kim. beautiful blue on the damselfly. Love the spider with it`s prey.
Sunkissed, those are some awesome critters.:))
I went for a drive yesterday hoping to find some wildlife, But didn`t find any moose nor fox or snake, neither bears :( But did see Moose tracks in the mud.
Migration under way of Canada Geese.
I disturbed this moth, the other day, and it flew to my flower box, neat one.
A curious Downy WP.
A red dragonfly resting on a rock, near a beaver pond.
A small grass hopper.
Wow, Kim, that's awesome! Maybe your Swan likes that the Pekins are the same color. He/she(?) really comes close to the shore!
Burn, I love to hear and see the huge flocks of Geese flying overhead. We have them here year 'round, but there must be flocks that migrate through cause in Autumn we start seeing and/or hearing huge flocks. That's a really cool moth. Love your "curious" Downy WP and the Dragonfly and grasshopper shots are great.
Been seeing this little anole around, but never had the camera. Finally, I saw it basking in the sun so I set back aways and used the 7D with the 70-300L lens to snap the pic. I sure like this camera/lens combo.
Bernadette, those are great photos of all sort of critters in the garden. I'm near a lake and the Geese arrived in droves this past week. As temp. cools down, I'll be looking for American Coots migrating South too. n.a.n. The Swan and the Pekin Ducks kinda reminds me of the saying "Bird of the same feather..." lol
Hack, I love what the 7D and the lens combo. can do in providing such beautiful images. Such clarity! Hopefully Santa will bring me an upgraded camera and lens this Christmas. lol
I'm seeing Nuthatches and Chickadees are scouting out nest boxes for Fall roosting in the garden.
Oh boy, I have been reading and enjoying all of the photos since I was here last!
Nanny, It is so cute to see those fawns with Mom. What a wonderful experience to have and share.
Kim, Fantastic mantis captures! They are so hard to spot - especially in nature and even in your photos. I don't know how you find them. Had to laugh at Sunkissed's comment about Where's Waldo. So true! The view with the mating damsels is so nice. The "damsel on Impatiens" image is lovely - wonderful colors! How cool to see that swan and the interaction with the ducks is a bonus. Cute nest boxes. Hope you get some takers.
Sunkissed, That is an adorable little wren! Very awesome that you caught that anole with the dewlap extended. And that was an absolutely precious photo of your Trick or Treaters.
Hack, Glad that skink stopped long enough for you to get a shot. It is quite sleek with that racing stripe. ^_^ It is amazing how camouflaged that skipper is. The image of the anole with your new camera/lens combo is fantastic!
n.a.n., Cool looking bug and beautiful flower! Thanks for the ID and info.
Burn, That moth is interesting. The orange bits and the shape remind me of some of the skipper butterflies. What a gorgeous dragon and fantastic photo. The even-colored and even-textured rock in the background really shows off the dragonfly.
Quoting: ...mantis ... hard to spot- especially in nature ... I don't know how you find them.
Patti, I've a flowering Jatropa shrub. And for the past couple of years they (mantis) have taken a liking to deposit their eggs on the Jatropa branch. I missed finding them when the larvae first hatched. But one or two of the buggers made it through the growing season. And they recycled their pattern. By that I meant they make more offsprings. I've an advantage in that the Jatropa shrub is a tropical plant, so I've to keep it in container culture and overwintered them indoor every winter. So when the plant is returned to its position outdoor under the sun. I can most often find one or two mantises on the plant. Speaking of Mantises' eggs. I've been watching the two females mantises, and as I discovered, the ones that look more slender, and camouflage in brown- forms...are actually the males. As the story continues ...
1. Young male Praying Mantis hiding in the Jatropa plant. These mantises appeared to be territorial, they singled out a plant and pretty much stay there all through the growing season.
2. Here, if you look closely the green female Mantis is seen on her favorite plant, the brugmansia. Also, I've noticed she looked very pregnant lately...but not today! She looks "skinnier". ^_^
3. By Golly! I found a newly formed eggs-mass on the brug. this year. See what I meant by "she likes the plant" ? It's her domain!
4. Even though she has laid her eggs. She remains closely by the site as if to guard her eggs.
Patti, you're Very Welcome! I naturally assumed those bugs would eat holes in all my plants. It was a surprise and a thrill to learn they were "good guys"! They're still around, too. They seem to really like my Gaillardia.
Kim, very interesting info about the Mantids and a wonderful series of pics (love those Brugs)! I once knew a lady that had a Mantis in her living room all Winter. It lived on her curtains and continued to grow so it must have found enough food. She checked on it every morning to see if it was still there. The following Spring she put it outside in her garden.
n.a.n. Thanks. I'm glad you've enjoyed the photos. Here goes, more pics. of the female Mantis staying close to her nest on pic. #1 and #2. This is the 1st time that I found one that has chosen the brugmansia to make it home. #3 & #5 are Monarch caterpillars on their hostplant the Milkweed. #4 is a crab spider that decided the plumeria flowers is a spendid place to "call" home. The spider is seen here for days. Just like the Mantis, it has made this its chosen territory.