Monday, September 16, 2013

Macro Photography Fun

What I have been enjoying about macro photography, besides being in the great outdoors, is finding new creatures to photograph and obtaining different photographs of familiar creatures.

The other day, I had to take a son to physical therapy, and while I was waiting, I went up the road to a state wildlife management area and photographed the butterflies and first which I thought was a bug or a beetle that was on a flower.  This insect, I had never seen before and I could not find it in my field guides.  I then posted a picture on BugGuide, where you can join for free, post the picture and people will identify it for you.  BugGuide can be found at  The insect turned out to be a moth, in the Tiger moth family, Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis), which feeds during the day.
Yellow-collared Scape Moth
There were a number of  Orange Sulphur - Colias eurytheme butterflies flitting around and I was able to capture some of them in motion with the blur of the wings.  Also captured a female Orange Sulfur in its white phase.
Orange Sulphur Yellow male, white female
Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

There were a number of Cabbage White Butterfly - Pieris rapae on the ground obtaining minerals from the moist soil.
Cabbage White Butterfly
Feeding on some leaves was a grasshopper, which according to my field guide was a Differential Grasshopper, but as I Googled the differential grasshopper, it is not supposed to occur in Massachusetts.  I am now waiting an answer from the BugGuide.