Monday, November 10, 2008

Texas (Our Part of the world) #3

My World Tuesday Part#3
Texas,
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas

Today's Topic:
End of the Season for Insects
Butterflies, Skippers, Dragonflies, Damselflies

(Click on the photos for full page views)

It's just about the end of the season for insects here in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA. We will be having a hard freeze soon. Outside of town there have already been a couple of light frosts. The good news is that we can hook up the camper and go down to the Rio Grand Valley in extreme southern Texas during the winter. It almost never freezes down there and there are always a few hardy butterflies flying on warm days. It's also good birding in the Valley in the winter.

For your viewing pleasure
Here are some Fall insects from both here and the Valley.
I hope you enjoy them.
Photographs by Troy and Martha

Guava Skipper


American Rubyspot

Blue-ringed Dancer


Crimson Patch


Eastern Amberwing

Eastern Ringtail


Gulf Fritillary


Long-tailed Skipper

Lyside Sulphur


Phaon Crescent


Neon Skimmer

Sleepy Orange


Red-bordered Pixie


White-striped Longtail




We hope you have enjoyed a few of the insects from our small part of the world, and we look forward to your return. We sincerely hope you will bookmark us and return often.

What is your favorite Insect photo?
Leave a comment. Thanks.

Photography by
Troy and Martha


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47 comments:

Genie said...

Wow! These are all fantastic but the Ringtail shot against what, marble? Is especially striking. I love that Neon Skimmer too, what an amazing looking creature.

My favorite though, the Agave Skipper. It's just gorgeous.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh! I love all your winged insect photos. But the Neon Skimmer is my favorite. So vividly saturated with color :)

You haven't had a hard freeze yet, eh? Today it is snowing here. lol!

~Lisa
New Mexico

Inkataika said...

Neon Skimmer is my favorite pic but I liked all and the way how you show part of your animal world!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

So many insects still flying wher you are? How wonderful!

ewok1993 said...

amazing photos of critters. i love them all.

kjpweb said...

Great selection f Texas Insect! My fav is the Crimson Patch!
Cheers, Klaus

Louise said...

What a collection! My favorite is the Neon Skimmer. All are wonderful photographs.

Carver said...

Those are all great shots but if I have to pick a favorite, I guess it would be the neon skimmer. I love the way you showed the natural world where you live.

Arija said...

Glorious insect shots! The red patch butterfly looks like someone has outlined it in white with a basting stitch. All very beautiful.

Hope you are both happy and hearty and enjoying life.

maryt/theteach said...

Troy and Martha, thanks for sharing all those insects! I don't think I have that many around here but since it would be hard for me to name one maybe I do but don't know it! :)

Sylvia K said...

My favorite is the Crimson Patch! But they are all just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them!

imac said...

Fantastic macro shots.

Dina said...

Such variety! They are all new to me. Beautiful creatures in your world.

Rural Writer said...

All the pictures are good, but I loved the neon skimmer picture. It had such a great contrast of colors. You do an amazing job with your photos. I know the camera is just a tool and it takes skill and practice, but would you mind telling what kind of camera/lens you used for those shots? They're really quite impressive. Excellent job.

Migs CFL fan said...

Very nice shots, I love your header pic as well. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Carole said...

These are gorgeous.

babooshka said...

Has to be the neon skimmer. I love the name, and he's a gorgeous little fellow. aach one was a beauty, but he really caught my eye.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

My favorite is the Neon Skimmer, but all are beautiful! Wonderful photos, Martha and Troy.

fishing guy said...

Troy: Neat insects from your part of the world, I like the Red-bordered Pixie of all your photos.

Wren said...

Beautiful photos. I didn't realize you'd get a freeze this early that far south.

Yen said...

OMG! The Easter Amberwing looks like Tinkerbell! :D Those are just amazing photos..I'd love to go there now! I'm a nature photo junkies so anything for mother Nature is my kinda thing. Specially that I live in this urban jungle:)

Posted mine, HERE. Have a great day! And thanks for the virtual travel;)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

The Gulf Fritillary is stunning, but then they all are wonderful piccies

Bz said...

Wow...not only great pics as always [I follow you know :-)], but your knowledge of insects. I could not name a one of those... you'd hear me say, "butterfly, moth, butterfly.."
Thanks for such a great visual get-a-way.

Cicero Sings said...

I'm quite partial to the Eastern Amberwing myself though they are all wonderful!

It's Time to Live... said...

Just a note to let you know that i stop by often and am always impressed.

Ladynred said...

Beautiful photos esp. the neon skimmer. Thanks for sharing.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the different species of insects you shared with us in your part of the world.

indicaspecies said...

What a superb collection of insect shots! And you have so kindly named these awesome ones. My favorite is the Red-bordered Pixie.

I have a small post on My World here:
http://indicainq8.wordpress.com

Cheers,
- celine

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful!!!!

AphotoAday said...

Great collection of "buggy" photos here...
It must be a hard life being a bug -- with the danger of freezing to death and everything...

Michael Palmer said...

LOVE THEM!!! Fantastic detail work!!!

The Phoenix said...

Beautiful close-up pics! Think the word is "macro" photos,but... I tend to forget. ,-)

Just saw your comment over in Pappy's blog. Do you really think people will push O., to do the right thing??? -sigh- I'm very very fearful, that it will be the opposite.

Because how many people are going to be watching what he does?

How many have watched what he tried to do in the Senate? I didn't. -hands head in shame-

The Phoenix

The Phoenix said...

Good luck with having Comment Moderation off!

I took it off. Had to put it back on. :-( No more no Comment Moderation for me. :-(

Good luck to you, with it being off though.

The Phoenix

Lew said...

Very nice photos! In this set I vote for Crimson Patch. Our butterflies have disappeared, as have the blooms they love. What's left are elder bugs, beetles, and millipedes that hang out at the door and try their best to get inside and away from the cold. We are due for a hard freeze and then they will be gone til spring.

Daryl said...

Lovely but definitely not an incentive for a bug-phobic such as me to come visit ... I'm just sayin' I go to visit my friends with country homes only in the dead of winter .. bug free winter

:-Daryl

Mary said...

Pick a favorite?? They are all gorgeous! I already miss seeing these creatures now that Fall and winter are settling in. I like the long-tailed skipper and the phaon crescent....if I have to choose :-)

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

FANTASTIC shots!!!!
Try and Martha,
You=2 are really impressing me. welldone;)

JoAnn

Denise said...

I LOVE these photos, so many beautiful insects and a great lesson in nature. Thank you.

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, I can't get over the names for all of these insects. They sound like poetry. I feel like I've taken a tour through a magical world. I love the Red-bordered pixie and the blue-ringed dancer names, and I love the Agave skipper, the American rubyspot, and red-bordered pixie photos the best!

Doug Taron said...

>What is your favorite Insect photo?

That implies that I can pick just one. Not gonna happen. The agave skipper and red-bordered pixie would both be lifers for me, so those are the ones I would most like to see.

Louis la Vache said...

The Agave Skipper is "Louis's" favorite.

Rambling Woods said...

Holy cow..what great photos..

PixieKatten said...

What a wonderful selection. I really like the Eastern Amberwing one. But they are all great! :)

Reader Wil said...

Why did I miss this great collection?? I am a bit busy preparing for my trip to Egypt next week, that's true, but no excuse to miss your beautiful butterflies and dragonflies!

dutchbaby said...

You must have the patience of Job to be able to take these fantastic photos. When I try to take a photo of an insect, I usually get a photo of where the insect used to be.

I'm also impressed that you identified each one of these insects.

elizabird said...

Beautiful photos. I love and miss Texas.

I wonder if your Agave skipper is a misspelling--understandable-- and should read Guava Skipper.

Ana said...

Everything is wonderful, and I know it's very difficult to take insect's pics. But, my favourite was Red-bordered Pixie, specially because of red flowers.