Today I went over to check the goldenrod and flowers at a park. The park has a creek that runs through it along with some remnant silver maple forest that hasn't been destroyed by development. It's a good spot for wintering ducks and migrating warblers in the spring and fall.
The insects here are what I used to practice my macrophotography. The usual suspects were around: bumble bees and honey bees, cabbage whites and slippers, a swallowtail butterfly, some skippers, the usual flies, paper wasps, weevil wasps, and beetles.
Goldenrod flowers are always a sure bet for finding insects. Though now I keep coming up with the same species that feed on the flowers and wish I could find some new species...maybe I should start turning over old logs?
Here's the scene: some goldenrod and spiky introduced burdock, and some thistle too.
There were tons of honey bees here, enough to hear them in constant sweet buzz.
A skipper was kind enough to stop for a photo. This is a Peck's Skipper.
It's markings on the wing set it apart from other Skipper species. I'm not a big butterfly guy but that's how it was IDed on iNaturalist. It's one of the common species in the area.
I think the flash from my camera 'stunned' it because it let me get pretty close. Usually insects that aren't feeding won't let me do that...
The flower of some knapweed on the ground caught my eye. I enjoy the wild vortex of skinny petals in all directions.
Of course, there were some wasps around too. My favorite subjects. This one is the Fraternal Potter Wasp.
Then I came across another Skipper! This time it was a Zabulon Skipper (Lon zabulon). I tried to get another real close-up shot of this one too. So I went closer...
I really do think the flash bewildered it and let me approach so close. I felt like the lens was just a few centimeters from it's face 😂 It flew off unharmed after it's headshot.
That was my insect safari for today. I'm going to try to scrounge up some new faces for my next outing...we'll see! Guess I'll start flipping logs or bring another lens for dragonflies.
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