Great Spangled Fritillary
I was watching this male Slaty Skimmer for a while. It flew off a and came back with a snack.
If you can get past the freak-out factor, it is actually quite interesting how these dragons can chomp down a big bug without the use of their legs to manipulate it. They have all kinds of structures in their mouths that grasp the bug while the chew it up.
It isn’t everyday that I get to different species in a photo. Here is and American Copper and some other small bug.
And on the same day, I got a female Common Pondhawk and a Skipper.
I was walking back to my car on Sunday morning following a hike through the woods. I was feeling rather satisfied with the images that I captured, but I needed to head back and get some tasks done around the house. I was walking along at a fairly good pace when I heard a faint “whoosh, whoosh” from behind me. I turned around and there was a snake coiled up and then “whoosh, whoosh”, it struck at me again.
Although I was feeling a bit of hostility from the creature, curiosity got the best of me and I decided that I needed to photograph this ferocious beast. I believe that it is an Eastern Ribbon Snake.
I was fairly certain that it was harmless, but nevertheless this is a popular trail with a lot of horses and dogs. I didn’t what this little guy to cause any more trouble than it did with me. I took a long stick and gently nudged it away from the trail.