Calling all writers, especially those who wax poetic! If you have a way with words, here's your chance to put pen to paper and try your hand at writing an award-winning piece for us. Find all the details on our contest page.

Winners

1st Place with 104 points:

From jmorth: "Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) central Illinois-high summer"

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2nd Place with 102 points:

From shorthog: "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles mating during late summer in Arkansas River Valley, Zone 7b. High level of reproduction results in nuisance levels for some areas but still a beneficial insect. "

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3rd Place with 61 points:

From Jubilada: "This little guy can certainly be invasive ... but here it looks kinda cute!"

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Runner Up with 59 points:

From NicoleC: "We love them, but the European honeybee is not native to the U.S."

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Runner Up with 53 points:

From drthor: "Lizard taking care of a grasshopper in my garden ... yeahh !"

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Runner Up with 52 points:

From RosinaBloom: "Known as White Butterfly or Cabbage Butterfly - introduced to New Zealand - the caterpillar of this species is seen as a pest to commercial agriculture."

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Runner Up with 47 points:

From shorthog: "Cabbage White butterfly on wild white vervain near Great House Springs, AR. Introduced in Canada in 1860's. Host plants are in Mustard family and caterpillar is a pest in gardens and cabbage crops. "

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Runner Up with 44 points:

From waqui: "I believe these to be Spined Soldier Bug Eggs, a type of Stink Bug. From Ulster County, NY."

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