BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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CONNECT THE SPOTS

 

After a bit of research I found out that this is a two-spotted grass bug. (The spots are on its back which made it a bit difficult to identify. 😏 ) When I started out in photography I never thought I would take an interest in insects and enjoy photographing them as much as I do.


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LADYBUG

I like to watch ladybugs as they make their way though the greenery. They appear to be hard working beetles. Though attractive to look at their bright colour warns potential predators that they aren’t good to eat. The brighter they are the more poisonous.


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FAN DANCER

This is the first time I’d seen an insect with such fancy head gear. It turns out it’s a male non-biting midge. They fly in swarms and can be very annoying on early summer mornings as you walk along. Not sure how I spotted this individual, just lucky I guess.


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DAMSELFLY

Damselflies – a sure sign of warm weather. They begin to appear in late spring and remain throughout the summer. Looking at the blue skies and sunshine right now, you can almost imagine it’s warm out, until you step outside that is 😏 .


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DAMSELFLIES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

After photographing certain subjects for a while you begin to anticipate their behaviour. In the case of damselflies (and dragonflies) they tend to return to the same perch you might have startled from as you approached. So if you don’t get the shot the first time your chances are good the second time around.


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BLUE(T)S AND GREENS OF SUMMER

The bluet damselfly is a common visitor in early summer, often seen near bodies of water. Like many birds and insects, when they become accustomed to your presence they’ll often linger for a portrait.


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BEE WATCHING

I like to watch bees as they work their way among the flowers. This one had just gotten started as it hadn’t pick up much pollen yet. I took this photo with a long lens, you can get quite near to the insects without disturbing them or getting too close for your own comfort.


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TWO GRASSHOPPERS

I haven’t taken too many grasshoppers. If you manage to scare one up when walking along and see where it lands, you have a chance at a photo. That’s why this shot was particularly lucky. I came across these two when focusing on something else in the grass and saw them frozen on the stalk.


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METALLIC BEE

The metallic bee goes by several names, the least attractive being sweat bee which doesn’t do it justice. This one is a female, as its able to carry pollen on its back legs, the male is not. Their season is drawing to a close so it was nice to catch sight of just one more this year.


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MY BAGS ARE PACKED

Bee

Yesterday was the first time I’ve picked up a camera in a long while. We spent the morning with friends in their wonderful garden. As we walked and talked I took a couple of photos. I was pretty pleased with the results, and was happy to see that I could still shoot a moving object. 😊


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HUMMINGBIRD MOTH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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A gardener friend introduced me to these insects a few years ago. She had seen a hummingbird moth at a nursery and I joined her the next time she went.  I saw one that day and most summers since.  Hovering as they go from flower to flower they do live up to their name.

Hummingbird Moth


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LADY BUG

Lady Bug

This little beetle is always on the move which makes taking their photo a bit of a sport. If you see one on a plant, wait a minute and you’ll probably see a few more. A good thing too, as it means you get more than one chance to take a photo.


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SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER

Skipper

I’m more accustomed to seeing orange skippers (the Least or European) in my area so I was pleased to see this new variety. As the summer progresses, many butterflies linger as they feed and don’t seem to be bothered by the passing photographer.


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BUTTERFLY AND BEE

Butterfly and Bee

My eye was on the tortoiseshell butterfly, I didn’t see the bee at first. This was the first and only time I’ve seen this kind of butterfly. It’s interesting to see more than one insect on a plant at once, a bit of drama at play. In the end the butterfly blinked first and moved on.


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PINK-EDGED SULPHUR

Butterfly

I saw quite a few sulphurs last year, all within the span of a few days. We were walking along some flower beds in a botanical garden hoping to see some painted lady butterflies.  The day was a bonanza of butterflies, we saw three different kinds, including the sulphur.


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SKIMMER DRAGONFLY

Dragonfly

Another surefire sign of summer is the arrival of dragonflies.  I saw this skimmer in early August. Each variety puts in an appearance throughout the summer.  I’ve even seen a few still flying around late in the season if the weather remains warm.


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BEE’S BUSINESS

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At the best of times, watching bees visiting flowers and gathering pollen is a good sign for nature and our part in it.  In these troubled times, it’s reassuring to see that life continues, there is still order and more will return in time.


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CABBAGE WHITES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Another sure sign of summer are cabbage white butterflies. Their caterpillars are rough on gardeners but as adults they feed on nectar and are a pleasure to see. Unlike many butterflies, they fly slowly between the flowers and seem to linger longer than most.

Cabbage Whites