Finding Insects (Four Photographs)
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An entomologist gave me good advice on finding insects. The best place to look is on the edges of paths, on the water’s edge, wherever there is a break in foliage or where the terrain transitions from one type to another. This advice has proven very helpful. We went on to discuss camouflage and as these photos illustrate, sometimes you will find insects out of their habitat. These ambush bugs are normally found on goldenrod, when it is at its brightest yellow. These insects are easily hidden, especially the females in the yellow and the darker males along the stem. So it was with some surprise that I found these insects on other plants where they stood out. I was not expecting to see them and nearly walked by thinking they were flies or common beetles (ambush bugs at their largest are around a centimeter in size, less than three-quarters of an inch). After a few years I know what to look for, and I still spend most of my insect hunting time looking at the edges of the forest and paths along the lake for interesting insects.