Cool bug, butterfly pics from the garden

I’ve never been good at taking close-up pics of bugs, butterflies or birds in my garden. They always fly away before I snap a feeble shot with my iPhone. Or, if I do get close enough, the image gets fuzzy. Yes, I s’pose I should get one of those big, fancy SLR cameras (whatever “SLR” means) but realistically, I only ever have my iPhone with me.

However … here are a few great shots from Tesselaar Plants home tester Denise Pierce of Red Bay, Alabama. She obviously has a better camera, and knows how to use it.

Unknown bug (I shall call it “Crazy Goose Dancer”) on Tropicanna canna leaf. Honk!

Blue dragonfly on Bluestorm agapanthus foliage

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on lantana

A praying mantis atop the bright coral-red bloom of a Tropicanna Black canna

So, has anyone else out there taken some stellar pics of bugs, insects or butterflies in the garden? I’d love to see them if they’re posted on Flickr!

And if you’ve got any tips for taking good shots, I’m all ears!


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