Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beauty And The Beasts


This Monarch, the bees, and wasps were all competing for the same flowers. At times, some ended up on the same flower. The butterfly held its own.










39 comments:

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

The shot showing the underside of the butterfly is incredible Brian, it looks like a handglider waiting to leap. Great stuff.
Paul

Nancy J said...

Stunning, with the lime green background. Beautiful detail. Cheers from Jean.

Maple Lane said...

Very nice photos! I have not had many butterflies this summer and certainly enjoyed you sharing yours!

Carole M. said...

absolutely magical. Had you used macro setting for these Brian, or just zoomed in some? Lovely nature shots

Gary Jones said...

Great shots Brian, love the butterfly images

Cloudy said...

Wunderbare Aufnahmen!

Servus und Carpe Diem
CL

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous shots of the butterfly. Brian!

Andy said...

Your photos are just fabulous. They make realize I have to start trying much hard with my photos.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Beautiful photos! The colors, detail, blurred background - all so pretty!

Linda said...

Gorgeous shots! I hope you were using a LONG lens to get those wasps! They look formidable!

Tanya said...

ohhh super collection of bugs! i like the blue in the wasp's wing!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Excellent bugs! It's a gorgeous butterfly :-)

Sharon M said...

Bees and butterflies are my favorite subjects.

Andee said...

Great shots Brian. Those wasps really can be beasts!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are so pretty Brian. We have only seen one Monarch on the grove this whole season, but will begin to see more as they migrate~

Jan n Jer said...

Those bee's make me shutter! Fantabulos shots!!!!

Brandi said...

These all look like beauties!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic photography of nature's gifts ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Kerri said...

.......my heart skips a beat! Stunning!

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful closeup shots!

TexWisGirl said...

love the fat bee and the blue mud dauber. i think the wasp is most handsome, though. and i can't remember the last time i saw an actual monarch.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful photos, Brian!

Liz said...

Oh wow, Brian!! These shots are brilliant. The colours and the clarity of your images is always so breathtaking. Your blog is such a joy to visit!

Taken For Granted said...

Heard from a bee man yesterday that the queen in a yellow jacket colony dies in the fall, and the yellow jackets are free to seek out sweets for themselves until the new queen establishes order once more. That may be why we see more yellow jackets in the late summer and fall. Great shots.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow, this flower is busier than a Mikey Dees drive through. Great "under the microscope" pictures of insects. enJOYed

Tricia Hays said...

Beeee-uteeful! Be careful, tho, flutterby, you don't wanna get stung! =)

Beth said...

Awesome!! Just beautiful!

Marc Heath said...

Beautiful set, how I would love to see a Monarch in this country.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are fantastic! I especially love the 2nd shot of the monarch. Those wings remind me of stained glass.

Rohrerbot said...

Love your theme and closeups. So much detail on everyone.

barbara l. hale said...

Fantastic photos! I've never seen a brightly colored wasp like that last one. Very beautiful!

Terri Buster said...

Ooohhh, the red wasp- don't even like to see them in photographs- they scare me!

Grandma C's Place said...

You make nature photography fun and interesting. I will be watching for events like that when photographing flowers from now on.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Beautiful pictures, very nice closeups with great colour. I like the one with the fly on together with the butterfly

Roan said...

The beasts are as gorgeous as the beauties. We haven't seen monarchs at all this summer, but now they are plentiful around our butterfly bushes.

Nancy Claeys said...

You are brave getting so close to those wasps and bees -- oh wait, you have a zoom lens. :) Beautiful late summer color.

Pamela Gordon said...

The butterfly looks like stained glass. Beautiful shots!

Ida said...

Stunning, the detail is just fabulous.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Magical indeed Brian!

Love every shot.