Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 3 October 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

With all the warmth and the rain this year, the flowers have grown thickly. Asters and the sedums have bloomed later than usual, however, but now in the current warm dryness, the butterflies and bees are finally arriving for a bit of the nourishment they need to prepare for cold weather. Bees, butterflies and other winged creatures have been in the back 40 and the side 20 (yards, that is, not acres). I may not have room for cows or sheep or a goat, but the hoards of insects and other small ones make good use of it. And I suppose they are much easier to take care of! ;) So here is the red admiral, Vanessa atalanta, on Sedum, the cultivar of which I believe is 'Autumn Joy'. I would guess that the blurry blob to the right is a honeybee, for there were dozens buzzing around on each flowering stalk.

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franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful capture, with both restful and moving images! great dof and detail, too!

3 Oct 2011 11:13am

@franz: Thanks, Franz! It has been quite an effort to photograph butterflies this year---theyl seem so shy and nervous, moving quickly away as I approach with the camera. I try not to have sunlight reflections cast about. On tihs image, I would have liked the butterfly's wings to be completely in focus, but so be it. I was more interested in the chaos that day as butterflies and bees were competing for feeding spots on the flowers.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Yummy shot! Great colors.

3 Oct 2011 12:55pm

@Barbara Kile: Thanks, Barbara! I like that word, yummy! The focus could have been better, but it was hard to get it all within the shallow DOF. I figure that I need one of those humongous lenses that people use for bird photography! :D I was happy to get some of the chaotic activity within the frame, blurry or not. More blurry will appear in upcoming posts, I suspect.

Twojays from United States

What a beautiful writing!!! Loved it and it so enriched your image, though it stands alone in loveliness, and sensual textures. Thank you so much for your gift today.

3 Oct 2011 3:28pm

@Twojays: You are welcome! :) Thanks for your visit here, Joyce.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Wonderful angle, great textures and tones.
Sounds like you are fostering a fascinating and diverse micro cosmos in your backyard. What a great thing to do!

3 Oct 2011 8:57pm

@Arnd: Thanks, Arnd. In my yard I have long felt that the insect and bug population would do best to live and fight it out on their own, and I would avoid using pesticides. For 25-plus years, the balancing act they do has been working well. Occasionally I find a species not seen here (by me) before. They all enliven the mix on this good earth and provide a great opportunity for me to learn something new in the process.

DallarD from Orléans, France

Belles couleurs, belle macro

6 Oct 2011 8:02pm

@DallarD: Thanks! Merci! Thank you for visiting and welcome to Aminus3!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

I've noticed fewer butterflies in my garden this year.

10 Oct 2011 3:53pm

@Anita: I have, too, Anita. I was wondering if I would ever see any. A friend who has a large acreage said they are/were late this year. I wondered if droughts and storms have disrupted migratory routes, at least for the monarchs. Interestingly, my New England asters were also late blooming. Once they began to open, the butterflies began to appear in large numbers. The one butterfly that seemed unusually plentiful, however, was the Eastern tiger swallowtail. I have no idea why.

Marie from FRESNES, France

très belle macro.

23 Oct 2011 3:37pm

@Marie: Merci, Marie! :)