Category Archives: Bug

Dragonflies and a foot with the V1 and 55-200mm combination

This is still one of my favorite shooting combinations for my morning walk.  I generally put the V1 with the FT-1 and Nikkor 55-200mm over my shoulder and carry the SB-N7 flash and a Raynox 150 achromat close-up lens in … Continue reading

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Magnolia and bedraggled bees

The Magnolias are in seed now.  Just one of the signs of a change of season in Florida.  In the summer we had the magnificent white blossoms which attracted so many bees.  Now, those blossoms have become seed pods.  The … Continue reading

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A small morning fungus

I haven’t identified this small fungus yet. If anyone can tell me what it is, I would appreciate it. EDIT – I found out from fungaljungal.org that this appears to be the mushroom formerly known as Coprinus plicata. I see … Continue reading

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A Tiny Bee Fly – Bombyliidae

I happened to be making a run to the recycling center yesterday and took the opportunity to stop by the Audubon-Pennington Nature Park in Port Charlotte FL. Since it was midday I didn’t expect to see many birds but the … Continue reading

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Blue Dasher – Pachydiplax longipennis

The Blue Dasher is a very common skimmer dragonfly. It’s found almost everywhere in the US. I ran across this male today in the county Extension Garden on Florida Avenue. He seemed quite happy to pose so I took advantage … Continue reading

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A few more bugs with the 55-200mm

For the last couple of days, I’ve gone out to walk around with only the Nikkor DX 55-200mm kit zoom lens on the Nikon V1. In my fanny pack I have the SB-N7 flash and the Raynox DCR-150 achromat lens. … Continue reading

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Hairy Maggot Blowfly

What a terrible name even if it is true. They are actually reasonably attractive flies. In trying to identify it, I discovered that you can tell the gender by the eye position. Today’s fund fact: The males eyes meet on … Continue reading

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Ceraunus Blue – Hemiargus Ceraunus

This is another small butterfly, similar to the Grey Hairstreak I showed in May. It’s about the same size as can be seen here where a Ceraunus Blue is sharing lunch with a Hairstreak. You can see the blue of … Continue reading

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Looks like I’ll have one less butterfly this year

I have a Butterfly Weed – Asclepias curassavica in a pot hoping to attract more butterflies. It is a host plant for Monarchs and other butterflies seem to like it too. It seems to have worked because I soon found … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

This is hardly a challenge. I am a nature photographer and curves are the natural state of almost every form from a damselfly’s wing to a tree arching over a slow moving stream. Here you are, have a dozen

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