This is a page devoted to my 'talents' for finding tiny and interesting subject matter to photograph. Or sometimes they just 'happen' into my shot.
Like the little bugger below.
Unless I miss my guess, this very pregnant mommy mosquito is looking for some stagnant water.
"Ah yes....just a little to the left..that's the spot."
When I said tiny subjects, I meant TI-NY. The ants on the left look harmless and insignificant, but avoid them at all costs. Standing, or Heaven forbid...SITTING in their home can earn you some very painful bites. The baby on the right is a good bug, and should be protected. The tiny mantis is a new hatchling, barely a half-inch in length...and very hard to photograph. If his siblings don't eat him first, he'll grow about as long as your finger, and rid your garden of many pests in the course of the summer. And if he's a she...she will also eat her husband before she lays her eggs for next years hatch. Too bad the bug below doesn't seem to be on the menu. These green guys show up long before the mantis gets big enough to eat them.
Sorry about the bug porn, but I love this slightly out of focus shot, and had to include it. This shows the two things Japanese Beatles do best. Make Swiss cheese out of the gardens we work so hard to maintain....and make more little, green buggers to chew up our flowers next year.
These are the last insects you want to find in your yard if you love your flowers and shrubs.
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They make colorful subjects to photograph, but rest assured, I killed all three of these destructive, little buggers without a qualm... as soon as I was finished exploiting them. (and thousands of their relatives are retailating by devouring our flowers.)
2006 appears to be a good year for all manner of bees and wasps. This soggy creature, and the bees in the cool shots below, don't match up with anything in the Audubon Field Guide, but that isn't surprising. There are over 3500 species of bees alone, and certainly no insect encyclopedia could give space to all of them..To identify these I will have to resort to sifting through pictures on an on-line BugGuide....and if I find them, I'll add their names.
SEE! This is why I eventually cut every bud from every rose on the place! I figured if I took their favorite food source away from them, they'd go somewhere else. Silly me! They just moved to our Lithrium.....Hibiscus....even the Daylilies weren't safe!
I love the angle of this shot.
This is a very tiny bee.
Even searching the on-line BugGuide hasn't identified this cute little Grasshopper yet. I've found several of these this summer.....[or the same one is very active.]
I can't take credit for this shot...it's one of Richard's. I think it's great.
This one has sparked a Caption Contest....but I haven't found just the right caption yet. These two were hiding way down in a daylily and I had to practically stand on my head to get this shot...but it was worth it.
Remember the tiny Praying Mantis at the top of the page....it's growing up. It seems to be trying to decide between the plant bug and the tiny ant for lunch. Decisions...decisions.
YIKES! What an ugly sucker this is! After a lengthy search I found that this is a "Hanging Thief Robber Fly".
This may be one of my favorite shots to date. The composition is the result of a little creative cropping. This is a Bee Killer, aka Giant Robber Fly. These things are a little too 'friendly'....getting VERY close and scaring the stuffing out of my less bug-oriented friends. I've had a lot of photo opportunities because of their lack of fear....but this is the best shot, by far.
This young Katydid can't do too much damage at this age.
Lucky for us...by the time they get this big, most of the daylilies are finished blooming. This big guy is having a colorful lunch on a late-bloomer.