Insects

Wasp

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I am in awe of small creatures.


Ant Fight (Two Photographs)

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Shots taken in sequence. Ants were on a tree trunk. Neither was hurt.


Monarch Butterfly

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One of those creatures whose eyes are hard to see, if at all.


Cabbage White

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It’s all in the eyes.


Bee on Sunflower

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If there is one thing that attracts bees it is sunflowers.


Ladybug

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Ladybugs amble about, and if annoyed, which seldom happens, they fly away. Not the prettiest of faces close up but still remarkable.


Bees’ a working

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Bees are generally pre-occupied and one can wait around for them to do something interesting and get a good view.


Wasp

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Not the most inviting face.


Ant

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Ants while small, often move very fast. This time I found it ambling along.


Grasshopper

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Don’t you love it when they wave hello?


Monarch Butterfly

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I find insects a fascinating subject for photography. In this case, I caught the butterfly just as it landed.


Bush 3

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As a photographer, this bush was getting interesting. I think this is a sawfly, certainly an interesting and noble member of the insect family.


Bush 2

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Same bush as yesterday, now a metallic bee.


The Bush

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I came across a bush visited by more than one creature. This is the first, a pedestrian bee.


Dragonfly 7

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Dragonflies come in a myriad of colours and patterns, striking as well as deceiving. Dragonflies on the hunt stick to an area and patrol in random or circular flights looking for other insects as prey.


Dragonfly 6

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Dragonflies are hard for non-experts like me to identify and the books I have found on dragonflies often don’t make it easier.


Dragonfly 5

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Dragonflies’ eggs hatch under water where they become nymphs, next is the pupal stage like butterflies. You can see the remains of their pupas along waterways or if lucky see them emerge in the summer.


Dragonfly 4

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When chasing down dragonflies to photograph you should know that they often return to the same perch within a few minutes, and they like their backs to the sun.


Dragonfly 3

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If bees do it why not dragonflies (awkward as it may seem).


Dragonfly 2

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The whites of their eyes are really reflections of light off some of the thousands of elements in their eyes.


Dragonfly

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One of the most beautiful insects is also a ruthless predator. Its flying, targeting and tactical skills are well beyond anything man-made.


Painted Lady No. 3

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I told you they were my favourite.


Canadian Tiger Swallowtail No. 2

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Fragile and weighing so little they can land on anything for a rest.


Cabbage White

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I like the way the shadows created by the branches added stripes to the butterfly.