Around the Yard

Bugs, bugs, and more bugs*! Lots of insect activity around the yard today.

*yes, I know it would be more proper to say Insects, insects, and more insects -- but I don't want to :P

I'm not sure what these little hatchlings are and haven't had time to look them up yet. Whatever they are, they are on a leaf of a black cherry tree (Prunus serotina).

This female Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) was more cooperative than the male. He was too busy to have his picture taken.
These dragonflies are tiny -- less than an inch long -- and they have an interesting habit of sometimes mimicking wasps.

This true bug, lying in wait on a blueberry bush, may be one of the wheelbugs (a.k.a. "fire fannies") that hatched out in April. It still has a ways to go before it is fully mature.

Cheater! This bumblebee is taking a shortcut to the nectar of this Japanese honeysuckle by cutting a hole at the base of the flower. Mr. Swamp took this picture -- after a year and a half he finally decided he would learn how to use our camera :)

Another of the many species of dragonflies patrolling the yard, this is a male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).

A flower fly (Eristalis transversa) on a cone flower. (Another by Mr. Swamp!)


Anvilcloud said...

Great photos. I know that it's not easy to take photos of bugs, so congratulations.

Keith, RN said...

Wonderful shots, as always. They are fascinating critters, aren't they? Glad for a reprieve from snake photos!

Ontario Wanderer said...

I know it's great to share, but be careful. After my partner learned to use the camera, she had it in her hands more than I.

Jenn said...

Good show, Mr. Swamp.

A very nice first showing. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Floridacracker said...

Nice site. Love the critter photos. Your blueberry/bug photo was interesting. Down here on the Florida Frontier our blueberries are almost done...another 2 weeks. By the unripe stage of your berries, it looks like yours is still to come. Enjoy. We have had a fantastic harvest this year. It sure looks like a young wheel bug. The adults have a really painful bite...I know. I really enjoyed your site.

swamp4me said...

You're right, Ontario, sharing is dangerous -- I may have to get another camera :)

Thanks for stopping by Floridacracker. Our wild blueberries have been a little slow to ripen this year - we had a cool spring that pushed everything back about a week and a half.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

A year and a half and of course he goes with a naughty bee. Howdy Mr. Swamp! Sup?!

SquirrleyMojo said...

those look like eyeballs