Category Archives: Insects

07.15.2017 My Holy Grail of Larvae

I think most everyone is aware of the decreasing Monarch Butterfly population.  As far as their caterpillars are concerned, I saw nary a one for the last three or so years and maybe one or two adults total during that … Continue reading

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07.21.2016 Brilliant Beetle

One of my favorite insects to photograph is the Dogbane Leaf Beetle (Chrysochus auratus).  They are quite accommodating in the morning and allow for close approach and hardly move…just the occasional twitch of the antennae. They are found on milkweed … Continue reading

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09.07.2015 Scorpionfly

There is beauty in form and function.  Then there is beauty as seen by the human eye.  We tend to think of beauty as an aesthetic which is something basically common to just us.  Whatever appreciation there is in the … Continue reading

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08.19.2015 Melanoplus femurrubrum

As far as I can tell, these Red-legged Grasshoppers (Melanoplus femurrubruml are our most ubiquitous orthopteran in my locale.  I rarely see another but I am not beating the bushes looking for them either.  How the red-legged grasshopper got his name … Continue reading

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08.17.2015 Back to the bugs…errrr, beetles

One of these days I might settle on a particular subject of interest…insects, flowers, landscapes, water in motion…there is just so much in Nature to experience and I have never been able to narrow my pursuits into one area.  Generalists…stand … Continue reading

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08.10.2015 Honest honey, it’s not what it looks like

Although I am sure this shot isn’t going to make anyone jealous, it isn’t what it seems…really, it isn’t.  🙂 This is a pair of jagged ambush bugs.Phymata sp. It is fairly common to find a male riding a female’s … Continue reading

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08.07.2015 More backyard bugography

First of all, this is not a bug by definition.  It’s a Great Golden Digger Wasp-Sphex ichneumoneus and fairly large…about an inch long.  But it’s a gentle giant in terms of aggression towards humans and of no threat whatsoever to … Continue reading

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