Variety of Insects

I enjoy watching insects. I find them intriguing, both those that I commonly see and new ones that I come upon unexpectedly. Here are some of my summer and autumn finds.

Leaf-footed bug
Walking Stick
Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Milkweed Leaf Beetle
Red Paper Wasp
Hairy Brown Caterpillar
Hover Fly
Cuckoo Wasp

“Look closely.  The beautiful may be small.”  ~Immanuel Kant

15 thoughts on “Variety of Insects

  1. What a nice collection of insect photos you got this Summer Rebecca. That Milkweed Leaf Beetle looks a little like a Ladybug. We have an infestation of Asian Lady Beetles in SE Michigan right now. They look like Lady Bugs but are paler and they bite and try to come into the house. My luck one will ride in my head and come into the house. That white fuzzy caterpillar (Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar) I learned a few years ago was something to steer clear of. I was on a guided hike to sketch various items and the guide pointed out this caterpillar and said the prickly white hairs cause a reaction if you come in contact with them.

    • I have seen Asian Lady Beetles in the past, but haven’t seen any this year. Yes, any caterpillar with hairs, as cute as they are, are probably best left alone. While I was taking its photo, this one kept turning and following me no matter which way I stepped. I’ve never been followed by a caterpillar before. πŸ™‚

  2. These are such beautiful photos! It saddens me that many humans murder insects, as if they were not integral beings to Earth & want to live. Thank you, thank you for showing that Cuckoo Wasp. I have been wondering what those beautifully colored creatures are that we’ve been seeing.

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