Bumblebee and coneflower in one of our perennial beds.
Honey Bees - 9/23/12 - Garfield Park Indianapolis, IN
Adult female Tenodera sinensis (Chinese praying mantis) on Goldenrod in a grassy field by my brother's farm.
Adult male Tenodera sinensis (Chinese praying mantis) in a small pine tree.
I found this katydid hiding out among the hibiscus.
Bumblebee on the Butterfly Bush.
Zzzzzzz Time ......
A Katydid caught hanging out on my Hosta
Ant on Rough Cut Wood
Where's the keyboard? I've got to send this message to you, hold on, hold on!
Mantis was wanting my phone more than the flowers in this one.
A carpenter bee perusing the Mexican Flame vine on my back fence.
A Signature spider backlit in the morning sun
Golden Orb Spider in my garden
Believe me there really is an insect in this photo...Male Common Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata) on a Holly.
While visiting the beautiful Packwood House Garden in Warwickshire England I noticed the bees enjoying thistle nectar.
Bee stepping out of Cosmos filled with orange pollen.
The buddy system
Rhinoceros beetle my kids found. The only way to hold it was on it's back. It was so strong it would escape any other way. Don't worry, it was released unharmed after inspection.
Ms. Praying Mantis invited her boyfriend over for dinner. She just didn't tell him that HE was dinner
Eyed Click Beetle
Bumble bee with full pollen sacks on tall coreopsis.
Katydid hidden in pussy willow leaves.
blends right in. hes about 6-7 in. long. scared and impressed at the same time. LOL
Slug sun bathing!
Praying mantis looking for a prey.
Red wine damsel fly was darting about Caney creek in Oklahoma hills.
Horned Passalus beetles at the close of the day were marching up the Nature Center sidewalk.
I love the Cicada, an insect with large, red eyes set wide apart on the head and usually has beautiful transparent, well-veined wings. The sound they make is a different thing.
The beautiful flowers of the Red PassionFlower vine are hard to forget. Especially for the ants that always cover the flowers.
This little Bumbler visited every evening.
This grasshopper seemed to love my maypop as much as I did.
This Halloween Pennant dragonfly patiently posed while I took his photo.
Native passion flower with it's pollinator the carpenter bee
A cute little spot my backyard.
Bee on astrantia blossom
As snug as a Bumble bee in Physostegia.
Locust borer on Eupatorium perfoliatum.
Hang on, little Cotinis nitida!
This is a Giant Centipede from Texas. It was curled up at the base of a Christmas Cactus in July 2012.
This is a yellow and black garden spider. I left him alone all summer so he would get large enough for me to take this picture.
Hoverfly on a knapweed flower
Hoverfly collecting nectar from a knapweed flower.
A praying mantis having lunch.
Wheels Dahlia being bee visited
Baby spiders on the gate
iron and dragonfly
cicada on butterflyweed
Late-afternoon honeybee frolicking on our Dwarf Firecracker sunflowers.
And you thought ants were big in your backyard! Try this fellow, the Bulldog Ant, who is native to Australia. This is the largest ant living in Australia. He also packs a punch!
I found this insect hanging out on an ornamental millet leaf last summer. I think it's called a long-horned beetle.
Bees making their honey.
Red eyed bee on Coneflower.
Battle of the Bugs on Blue Sea Holly
Dragonfly on Coreopsis
Hi Wire Act taken with 150mm macro lens, no flash, outdoors in the garden, afternoon, overcast sky.
Rain Soaked, can't even get my wings open to dry! 150mm macro lens in morning after heavy rain and wind, overcast, no flash.
Close up Bee doing it's job.
Asclepias bugs in coitus
Australian Carpenter bee on Cassia didymobotrya.
Eastern Boxelder Bug on a dead leaf...
Can you believe an arachnophob took this one? Garden spider....two words that should NOT go together.
Bee on a chive
This grasshopper was on my tomato plants. Dallas Texas 2012
Bee And Butterfly together.Ft worth Botanical Garden 2011
Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, Xylophagous Leafhopper
(Homalodisca coagulata) feeding on my Commiphora myrrha, Myrrh tree; squirting small droplets of waste from its anus called "leafhopper rain." West Hollywood, CA June 2012.
This ladybug looked like he's ready to jump and have a new world record.
Green Lynx Spider on a Burpee Rose Giant Cactus Zinnia.
A late season Bee
What is he doing to my fish's broccoli?
Lapping-up nectar on an Autumn Fire Sedum
This is a brown grasshopper on my dinner plate dahlia in my backyard
Infant Milk Weed or Butterfly Weed Bug.
Adult Milk Weed or Butterfly Weed bug.
Mantis in the rain...
This insect was sat on my car for a short while, then flew away. ID not known. It is about8-10mm long and approximately the same height
A hoverfly taking refuge in my mini greenhouse stand during a summer storm.
A robber fly and assassin bug having a showdown!
This Red-Tailed Bumble Bee spent an hour on the Caryopteris.
There are many beautiful gardens on campus and the bees take full advantage.
And how would you like me to pose?
Souther Hawker Dragonfly
Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus oppositus) on tomato.
A Halloween Pennant in dune grasses
A dragonfly alights on reeds in the marsh
I was taking pictures of my sunflowers and decided to stick the camera under this bloom that was leaning downward. I wanted to try to capture the sunshine coming through the flower. To my surprise I had also snapped the picture of this insect crawling in the middle of the sunflower!
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Damselfly, catching the late afternoon rays of sun
Bee on my deck
I zoomed in on the blackeyed susans at my mailbox to make this picture of a preying mantis. It was about five inches long and startled me when I first spotted it.
Praying Mantis I found sunning himself on my lawn chair one afternoon this Sept.
praying mantis sunning himself in warm september afternoon sunshine
The bees loved our pretty bright amber flowers this year. Captured this one coming in for a landing to collect some pollen.
This Honey Bee seemed to love the fragrance of a bloom on my Golden Celebration rosebush, almost as much as getting some of her pollen.
Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) on 'Autumn Joy' Sedum
Bark Mantis in flattened camoflage mode.
Meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)
Golden-eyed Lacewing (Chrysopa oculata)
bug on cosmos
Bees enjoying Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea johnsonii) at bloom
View portrait (not landscape)
geranium Buxton's Blue with bee
Honey bee on Neon Sedum
banded cucumber beetle feeding on a pea plant in our garden
green fly on pea plant in our garden
Honey bees are in hurry to collect and it is getting late!
my backyard , October2012
Along came a spider....
These are not caterpillars, but Sawfly larvae. They feed communally on the edges of leaves and when disturbed hold on to the leaf with their front legs and wave their rear ends in the air.
lady bug on an yellow coneflower
A honey bee pausing on a pink bachelors button flower
A grasshopper chomping on some corn silks
Nasty tomato worm feasting on my tomato plant this summer.
Hi I'm John
Just a little nap and then i will get back to work
A Black Widow with the orange and white pattern commonly known as the Latrodectus mactans. Black Widows are strikingly beautifuly, wouldn't you agree?
A Praying Mantis atop a plumbago, is such a match.
Wasp on a daffodil.
bumblebee on butterfly bush
Juneberry bush with bee
This was taken at Veteran's Park in the a field with wild flowers.
I had a watermelon outside in September, and a big yellow grasshopper jumped on top of it.
So elegant and she knows it!
Bee on Camelia Closeup
Hornet on Camelia Closeup
I was photographing these roses when this little guy came in for a landing. I thought it was perfect that he's yellow just like the flowers he's resting on!
The stinkbug was a real problem in my Ontario garden.
Preying mantis cleaning up!
Waterlily bloom at the New York Botanic Garden "Monet Exhibit"
Dragonfly nymph found in our pond.
Anax junius (Green Darner dragonfly female)
A feast of aphids for this ladybug
Spider building a web in the Mums
"Happy Little Pollinator", not sure on the species of this bee, but he made a happy little buzzing sound each time he pollinated a flower.
"Baby Mantid" You are welcome in my garden anytime!
Unknown insect on Butterfly Bush
an eater of insects, if not an insect itself (one of my house spiders, whose presence is encouraged)
This "paper wasp" seemed to live at the water bowl I keep on my deck in Salem, OR.
While walking in the nature reserve outside Eugene, OR, I saw many of these ctenucha enjoying the fruits of the field.
Blister beetle on a wild aster
Grasshopper on a daylily leaf
This orange belted bumble bee doesn't seem to mind dangling from two florets on this purple allium as it collects the sweet nectar.
In early summer this orange belted bumble bee hovers over a purple allium in attempts to collect it's sweet nectar.
Wumpy the Daring Jumping Spider - This little spider was our pet for the better part of a year. She was a great mother and laid several clutches of eggs and raised hundreds of tiny baby spiders who were released into our garden.
This photo was taken of a Hornet on a yellow flower at Soos Creek Botanical Gardens.
Yellow Rose with Beneficial Insect
October bumblebee checking out the last of the coleus flowers.
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