Insects too…

While bird watching at Reifel that day there was an abundance of insects buzzing, flitting and flying around.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

These two dragonflies (above and below) looked very similar to me, but identifying dragonflies seems a little tricky and my google searches did not give me any clues as to what variety I captured.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

I like how they grab onto a branch or stalk of something and keep their bodies horizontal. If that were a human that would take incredible abdomen control (and I guess they’re a little lighter on their bottom halves than we are ~ lol!)

Dragonfly - Eight Spotted Skimmer
Eight Spotted Skimmer ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

These black and white winged guys were everywhere. My educated, google assisted guess identifies this as an eight spotted skimmer. I wish I had a better picture of this guy, the POV doesn’t bring out the best in his wings. Plus I seem to have a challenge on focussing on the whole insect, as I found most of my shots would be clear in the head and fuzzy in the body or vice versa. I was shooting these little guys with my telephoto so that could have been part of my problem. Perhaps I should have opened my aperture a little more… I’ll have to experiment more with this.

Damselfly
Damselfly ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

I thought this little blue guy above was a dragonfly, but it turns out it’s a damselfly … a Common Blue Damselfly perhaps. Kind of looks a little alien.

Swallowtail
Swallowtail ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

I love the Swallowtail butterfly, with it’s fuzzy black and yellow body and the splash of blue and orange at it’s posterior.  I found this beauty at the entrance to Reifel, hanging out with the ducks, grabbing a drink of water.  I was astounded at the variety of Swallowtail butterflies there are out there, but I am guessing this could be the Western Tiger Swallowtail.

Swallowtail
Swallowtail ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

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