Category Archives: Insects

Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Erato Longwing (Heliconius erato)

Erato Longwing (Heliconius erato)

Erato Longwing (Heliconius erato)

Erato Longwing (Heliconius erato)

Erato Longwing (Heliconius erato)

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Summer Butterflies

Many of my favorite birding spots have been closed this summer because of fire, and summer is not the best time of year for birding in this part of New Mexico. During the birding doldrums I’ve been taking photos of butterflies. Here are a few of them:

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Banded Peacock (Anardia fatima)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

I am anxious to get back to photographing birds; however, butterflies are beautiful subjects.

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Red Saddlebags Dragonfly - Tramea onusta

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly - Tramea lacerata

Blue Darter Dragonfly

Blue Darter Dragonfly

Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum

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Spring Beauty at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Western Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Swallowtail Butterfly,

Western Swallowtail Butterfly,
Western Swallowtail Butterfly

Yucca Glauca
Wilson's Warbler

Snowy Egret

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An Insect Kind of Sunday in the Corrales Bosque

I really meant to ride my bike to the Corrales Harvest Festival when I got up on Sunday morning. Somehow the idea of crowds and noise did not appeal to me, so I went for a short fast ride, came home and decided to take some bird photos in the Corrales Bosque. I saw quite a few birds, but the insects were so abundant and lovely that I decided to photograph them.

The Figeater Beetles (a type of Scarab Beetle) were everywhere, flying right at me in their clumsy, bumblebee-like manner.

Figeater Beetle

Figeater Beetle

Figeather Beetle and Smaller Beetles Eating Tree Sap

Figeather Beetle and Smaller Beetles Eating Tree Sap

There were many dragonflies, spreadwings and damselflies.

Flame Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing, Another View

Great Spreadwing, Another View

Familiar Bluet

Familiar Bluet

I was able to identify the various species of odonata from Bosque Bill’s excellent website.

Honeybees were going about their business on the abundant wildflowers.

Honeybee on Wildflower

Honeybee on Wildflower

There were many small butterflies on the wildflowers too.

Cabbage White Butterfly on Wild Purple Aster

Cabbage White Butterfly on Wild Purple Aster

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly on Small-flowered White Aster

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly on Small-flowered White Aster

Some days you find birds, some days you find insects, some days you find both. It’s always lovely to walk in the Corrales Bosque.

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