Summer, welcome, you are here. And with you came the mussel display that I captured via video and still images. And yesterday, i took my first damselfly images of the season. They started to fly about a week ago, and have been gradually gaining numbers to where almost every patch of water-willow has a dozen or so residents. Here's a teneral, or just hatched stream damselfly. It is either a female or it is a male that hasn't gotten its color quite yet, and I'm not brave enough to ID them until they mature. It should be only a few days or so before they obtain their full coloration.
Here is an up close view of their eye through my Canon 60 mm macro lens. I was quite surprised this damsel let me approach so closely, but they are more clumsy and less docile when they are still teneral.
One of our most common butterflies, the pearl crescent. I also saw one mourning cloak fluttering about the understory of the floodplain forest, but it was much more wary than this crescent, which was hanging out in the tall grass of the active recreational area of the park.
And finally, this little creature caught my attention this evening in my backyard as I was setting up to get shots of a blue dasher dragonfly. I believe that it is a crab spider in the family Thomisidae. It almost reminds me of some deranged cartoon character. It sits in wait, ready to ambush any insect that may come by, closing its long outstretched legs. I saw this individual take a few swipes but it never caught anything. It was incredibly patient as well. The front lens of the camera was only about two inches from the insect in this shot.
And those are just some of the things that I have been observing, I have not taken enough insect pictures this summer, and soon we'll be back in winter lamenting the lack of arthropods!