Longhorn Milkweed Beetle

Longhorn

A Longhorn Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)┬áhides behind his dinner. Like many beetles, his usual escape maneuver is to drop and roll when danger approaches. This one was so intent on his meal of a young, tender milkweed leaf that his only recourse was to freeze to blend in somehow. Well, a bright red beetle is […]

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 […]

Twelve-spot Dragonfly

Twelve Spots, Three Views

Three different views of a male Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella). I was working on getting the sun behind the animal. The last of the three is the standard view, actually taken a couple of days ago at the same location. These big dragonflies have a helpful habit of picking favorite perches on which they spend […]

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 […]