Bee in Gentian

Closed Gentian Open

There are some that dismiss a dedicated macro lens. Oh, they say, you’ll take pictures of a few bugs and a few flowers, then it will sit in your bag. Personally, I can’t get enough of macro photography. I do get in a rut from time to time, when I realize I’ve already photographed this […]

Empty bug exoskeleton

Bug Suit

I predict a good year for stinkbugs. A casual survey revealed several bugs within my field of view on most of the bushes I looked at. Not all of them were brown marmorated stink bugs, the invasive alien that has been sweeping across the U.S. in recent years. However, many of them were. When I […]



I like variety. I like money. The proof is here in my lawn. I don’t apply weed killers or fertilizers. The only money I spend on it is for gasoline for the mower–and I let the corners and edges grow to reduce that activity. I don’t even sweep the grass clippings. I just live and […]

Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus)

Wheel Bug and Dinner Guests

The wheel bug is an impressively large 1-1/2 inch true bug. Note how the wings form a V shape on the back, characteristic if Hempitera, the true bug order of insects. I found several hanging out on blackberry bushes today. These bugs are predators; their sharp proboscis penetrates the exoskeleton of their victim. They squirt […]

Hummingbird Moth (Sphinx Moth) on monarda

Monarda Party

It is party time in the Monarda patch! While milkweed is the clear champion of insect diversity, monarda or bee balm attracts a tremendous number of airborne pollinators. A particular favorite is the sphinx moth, frequently called the hummingbird moth. They are tricky to capture. They are not as skittish as butterflies, but they have […]

Sleeping Bumblebee

Sleeping Bumblebee

A bumblebee sleeps on a brochure rack. She is waiting out the cold spell that arrived abruptly last night. Two days ago, temperatures we in the upper 80s; today, upper 50s–and that’s being generous. The letters of the brochure beneath give a different context than the usual flower or leaf. Taken with a Nikon D90 […]

Beetle’s Delight

A wild ginger (Asarum canadense)¬†bloom rests on the ground. Pollenated by insects that crawl on the ground, this scene would be a welcome sight for a ground beetle. I took this with a macro lens, Micro-Nikkor 60mm AF. The flower grows so low that it is difficult to get one’s body in position to frame […]