Category Archives: Summer 2018

Swallowtail Caterpillar

If you’ve ever wondered what the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly looks like here it is.  The beautiful mostly-black butterfly is common in my yard but I don’t recall ever seeing its caterpillar.  The caterpillar uses mimicry of eyes and a mouth to look wicked scary to possible predators.  The last two images show the real head of the caterpillar.  Pretty interesting find in my garden yesterday.

 






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Storms On The Beach

 

 

 

Enjoyable morning on the beach at Fenwick Island State Park, until the storms threatened from the west.  (taken with my new GoPro camera)

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Pamlico Storm

Taking the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke last week there were thunderstorms over the mainland that were fun to watch from a safe distance in the middle of Pamlico Sound.  

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Sunset On The Flats

Sometimes the simplicity of monochrome is what the scene is all about.  

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A Sweat Bee

I shot this iridescent insect in my garden recently and really didn’t know what it is until I looked it up online.  My belief is that it’s an Augochlora Sweat Bee and I will gladly defer to any entomologists out there who can either confirm or correct my thought.  If it is indeed a Sweat Bee it gets it’s name, according to what I found, because it likes to lick sweat off of arms or legs.   The web passage goes on to assure me that they are fairly passive and “unlikely” to sting.  This was not tested as, thankfully, the bee made no attempt to ingest my sweat.  I love what can be learned online and that by photographing an insect I have seen often in the garden I learned more about it.

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Orange Meadowhawk

This dragonfly, an Orange Meadowhawk, is seen regularly in my yard.  I like seeing them for not only their beauty but for the fact that they feed on mosquitoes, flies, and ants among other insects.  I thanked this one for stopping long enough for a quick portrait then off it went to find more protein.

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