Flying things at the airport

I had to go to Southwest Florida International Airport today to deal with a luggage issue.

I took the camera bag along to see what I could find around the airport to take pictures of.  Well, no unusual airlines or aircraft today but, while I waited in the observation area near the General Aviation Terminal, I noticed a lot of other flight activity.  I popped the 105mm f2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor on the D90 and used the SB-800 flash on-camera to shoot bugs while waiting for airplanes.   There were several butterflies around feeding on the Asters and Spanish  Needles so I got down low.  Looking under the first Spanish Needle, I found this Midge.

How do I know it’s a midge? Well, I uploaded the image to
and got an identification in 3 minutes! I’m not sure if that’s a record but, it was unbelievably fast.  For bug shooters it is an incredible resource.  I also found a Dainty Sulphur feeding on an aster and a Jumping Spider.  You can click on the images for larger versions.


As to the luggage issue, well, they said I’d hear something in a couple of weeks.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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