In Search of Angels, Trolls and Dragons

Common Yellow Swallowtail

Papilio machaon hippocrates

(male)

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018


Well, away from festivals and birds I have been searching for a new quarry for summer. I have been slowly getting some images of the summer insects. It is difficult. I have watched many butterflies and dragonflies shoot by me and I stood helpless to respond. I have mainly only photographed those that have landed near me.

Today's post is just a sample, and as often is the case, I may not post all the images I have attained. 

Baby steps for today, as it is time consuming to search through, edit and identify the images I have collected. I think it is worth some effort when I look at the results. They are quite stunning creatures when we stop and look.


Japanese Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

(female)

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

(female)

Painted Lady

Black and White Citrus Longhorn

Anoplophora chinensis (Forster) or Anoplophora malasiaca (Thompson)

Tainai, Niigata, Japan

August 2018

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Pseudothemis zonata

Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018


"Tombo". Japanese Dragonflies.

1. "Tombo" is the Japanese word for Dragonfly. It is the start of the "Tombo" season now and I've managed a few shots over the last week. I didn't get all that I've seen but I hope to get more as the season progresses. Unfortunately, I don't know their names as yet and will just number each picture for now and hopefully update the names as I learn them.

# 2. Toyano Lagoon.

# 3. Toyano Lagoon, Niigata.
Many thanks to my friend, Barry Kenway for identifying #3 as
"looking exactly like a male Pseudothemis zonata. It belongs to the family Libellulidae (Perchers)". (Barry's reference: a book called Dragonflies of the World by Jill Silsby).
#3 still? In flight.



# 3- female, laying eggs.



#3 laying eggs on a stick just under the water's surface.


# 4. Toyano Lagoon.


#5. Toyano Lagoon.


#6. Toyano Lagoon.
Rhyothemis fulginosa - Identified by Barry Kenway. Thanks Barry!


#7. Quite large. The first one I photographed. Alongside the Shinano River.