Insects At The Eccles Wildlife Education Center

by Andrew Plewe July. 15, 2021 260 views

I grew up a few miles from the Eccles Wildlife Education Center at Farmington Bay, Utah. Growing up I never went down that way; I went as far West as edge of town, and a bit beyond, but didn't know about Farmington Bay, nor its history, nor its importance to birds in the area and within the Western Hemisphere. Now that I'm older and we have the internet, I am learning as much as I can about this wonderful area. The whole Eastern shoreline of the Great Salt Lake is an important habitat for a slew of bird species year-round. Apparently things get especially intense during the Spring and Fall migrations. This is the first year I've had a camera and known about this area and its importance, so I'll be making lots of trips to take pictures.

While I'm relatively new to photography as a "serious" hobby, my father and grandfather both loved photography and I was exposed to it as a kid, although I didn't understand much about it at the time. My grandfather had a darkroom at his house along with all the various equipment you'd need to make a proper photo. I don't know where his photos are now, alas, as I'd like to see his work now that I've fallen deep into the photography hole.

So, I hope you enjoy these first photos from my excursions to the Center. For various reasons the better photos I have, at the moment, are of insects. I'm planning more outings, including this evening, and hopefully as I do this more often I'll get photos worth sharing that highlight the birds and other wildlife at the Center too.

Step Off, Buttercup. Sometimes you just want your own thistle.

Step Off, Buttercup. Sometimes you just want your own thistle.

Sippin' Straw. Seated at a booth for one.

Sippin' Straw. Seated at a booth for one.

Thistle Diner. The insects, of course, had no issues sharing their breakfast nooks either.

Thistle Diner. The insects, of course, had no issues sharing their breakfast nooks either.

Dragon Blues. Probably not feeling blue, as this one appears to be well-fed.

Dragon Blues. Probably not feeling blue, as this one appears to be well-fed.

Duojet. This one must belong to an air force demonstration team, what with all the paint on the fuselage and wings.

Duojet. This one must belong to an air force demonstration team, what with all the paint on the fuselage and wings.

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Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Beautiful series. Love all, for me, especially #1. Interesting relationship between them.

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Andrew Plewe Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months ago

I think what's going on here is the bee is using its leg to detect where the puff of air is coming from. IIRC the butterfly was actually coming in to land on the thistle flower, but the set-up is such that it looks like it's being kicked off of it by the bee.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Andrew Plewe 2 months ago

Thanks for explaining the truth.smile

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