A Gulf Fritillary makes the breakfast rounds in the first light of the day in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. In many of these images the wings are backlit by the Sun highlighting their scales, which give a grainy appearance to the wings. The topside appearance of Agraulis vanillae is less complex than the striking underside.
At first it seemed like something entirely different. A much larger, stranger insect than the little beauty that it is. Probably due to the presence of false antennae at the rear of its wings coupled with the constant side-by-side, up-and-down motion of its wings which made the back look like the front of some larger, very active, fearsome bug when, in reality, it was just a little butterfly that has developed a scary masquerade to ward off predators. This is […]
Started today shooting video of the garden life. Obviously, at the beginning of the learning curve though there is a certain peacefulness to watching the video – and being there in person!
There is something melancholy about the Great Southern White butterfly with its turquoise-tipped antennae. Perhaps it was today’s gusty wind that made photographing the butterflies difficult. Perhaps it is the Great Southern Whites appearance in great numbers foretelling summer is coming, with the summer heat soon to follow. Perhaps this prophesy of the hot and humid future is its preternatural misfortune. Regardless, the Great Southern White is nice to see flying haphazardly around the landscape like these individuals in the […]
Insects, an anole, and a fish from a few hours spent in the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Saturday morning with gusty wind making photography difficult as the insects whipped around on the weather-agitated plants.
A collection of Cloudless Sulphur sightings in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The entire life cycle of this butterfly is taking place in and around the garden with different individuals in different life stages to be found. For starters, here are examples of the adult Cloudless Sulphur attracted to the nectar of their favorite plants in the garden. The erratic flight of Phoebis sennae is thought to be a protection from predators, especially birds.
A few photos of a Zebra Longwing butterfly in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian River County, Florida. Aside from the butterfly’s flighty nature, these images were also hampered by a brisk wind blowing the butterfly in and out of frame when it alighted on a plant. In the image below note the large clumps of yellow pollen sticking to the butterfly’s proboscis as it probes a flower for nectar and pollen. According […]
A Green Orchid Bee with its dazzling metallic sheen is one of the many insect species attracted to the pollinator garden at Pelican Island Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida. This is a male orchid bee, which, unlike the female, has an enlarged hind tibia. The tibia contains a pouch that the male bee uses to collect and store different fragrant compounds from the environment. It is thought these fragrant scents […]