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Matt Fossen
5 hours ago

Some of today's photos: a spongillafly (Climacia californica), a snakefly (Agulla sp.) and another small false click beetle (Throscidae). #entomology #insects #photography #InsectPhotography

Lateral view of a spongillafly with light and dark banded wings.
Top view of the head of a snakefly.
Dorsal view of a brown small false click beetle.
Matt Fossen
5 days ago

I believe this is another small silken fungus beetle (Cryptophagidae). #Insects Entomology #insectPhotography #Photography #Beetle #Coleoptera

Lateral view of a very small and fuzzy reddish-brown beetle.
Dorsal view of a very small and fuzzy reddish-brown beetle.
Bjorn Idle
1 week ago

Was just going out of the gate to the park when I saw this amazing wasp on a euphorbia.

It's a Priocnemis monachus, a kind of spider wasp. That blue and black colouring is so striking!

I don't think I've ever seen one before, and had to run back inside for my camera, hoping I'd be able to get back in time for a good shot before it moved on.

Vertical pic

#MacroPhotography #InsectPhotography #Insects #Nature #NaturePhotography #Aotearoa #NewZealand

Closeup of a black wasp with long antennae, and shimmering blue showing through its folded wings. It is perching across several lime green and red flowers, and sipping nectar from one more
Matt Fossen
1 week ago

A harvester ant of some sort, I believe. #entomology #photography #ant #InsectPhotography

lateral view of a point-mounted ant.
Frontal view of the head of an ant.
Trilobyter
1 week ago

Bee visiting a zinnia in the front garden.

#PhotoMonday #bee #InsectPhotography #flower #FlowerPhotography

Color photo of a bee hovering above a yellow zinnia flower.
Matt Fossen
2 weeks ago

A couple of interesting beetles from this week's photography sessions: Gondwanocrypticus platensis (dorsal and front views) and an unidentified member of Throscidae (dorsal and front views). Both were collected from my backyard this summer. #entomology #insects #InsectPhotography #Photography #beetles #Coleoptera

Dorsal view of a small, point-mounted, ovoid, dark brown beetle.
Front view of a small dark brown beetle.
Dorsal view of a small, point-mounted, dark brown beetle with light-colored setae.
Front view of a small dark brown beetle.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 weeks ago

I've seen a lot of empty hornets nests on the trail this year. It makes for a lovely late fall decoration.
(11/17/23)

#insects #InsectPhotography #trails #nature #NaturePhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Image of a deserted hornet's nest that is weathered and torn, possibly by birds or rodents in search of dead larvae. The paper-like layers of the nest have been revealed by the weathering and tearing and each layer is dark black-brown with lighter streaks. The egg-shaped nest is attached to the tree via a small branch allowing the nest to sway in the breeze. The background consists of out of focus trees and late afternoon blue sky.
Bjorn Idle
3 weeks ago

A damselfly hugging a reed while trying to pretend it's not there.

I think this might be a female Red Damselfly (Xanthocnemis zealandica)?

#NaturePhotography #Insects #MacroPhotography #Damselflies #InsectPhotography #Nature

Closeup of an orange-brown damselfly lying along a diagonal green reed stem. Only the head and one pair of feet are in focus, the rest disappearing into background blur.
Imagery by Rihilism
1 month ago

Very few insects left this time of year around these parts but I've seen several clouded sulphurs like this one I came across across last Thursday (one of two that day).
(11/02/23)

#butterfly #butterflies #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Image of a clouded sulphur butterfly (ID app suggests Colias philodice) on the ground amid small rocks, fallen leaves and stems, and green foliage. Clouded sulphurs have yellow-green wings with white spots, and brown edging. Their bodies and head are covered in long, fine hairs both brown and yellow-green, they have darker yellow-green eyes, two white and brown antennae, and six, slender, segmented legs.
Passed Wonder
1 month ago

Sometimes the #CircleOfLife is a bit more literal than other times!๐Ÿคฃ #Dragonfly laying its eggs in the #canal near Horsenden Hill
Content warning: #Insect!

HTs #NaturePhotography #InsectPhotography #London #Photomonday #photography

A dragonfly rests on the surface of water, its feet on underwater plants. Its wings are spread and its tail is dipped into the water. Its reflection is visible in the water immediately below it.
Jay
1 month ago
Caught in profile, a Hoverfly feeds on a purple Aster flower. Several purple Aster flower are seen in the background.
Bjorn Idle
1 month ago

A baby Praying Mantis that rode around the garden on my arm the other day. Managed to get a couple of shots of it after it jumped off.

I think it's an immature New Zealand Praying Mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) as it was so small (2cm long) and the colouration doesn't look like the adults.

I hope it enjoyed the photo shoot as much as I did...

#Insects #InsectPhotography #MacroPhotography #Nature #NaturePhotography #Gardening

Closeup of a tiny praying mantis crouched on the edge of an old piece of wood. It has a purple back and green sides, legs and front. Its antennae are up and alert
Closer in on the same insect. This time it's looking to the left. Its folded front legs are held up beneath its chin, and with its mouth slightly open and head turned, looks like it's deeply worried about something (anthropomorphism at its finest!)
Matt Fossen
1 month ago

The quality/optics of my photographic setup don't let me take photos with good solid/uniform backgrounds, but Photoshop's background removal tools leave the specimen looking "fake". What do you think? #entomology #photography #InsectPhotography #coleoptera #beetle

Photo of a colorful ground beetle with a more uniform background.
Photo of a colorful ground beetle, with a slightly discolored background.
Trilobyter
1 month ago

A Gulf Fritillary #butterfly (Dione vanillae) enjoying our front garden zinnias yesterday - the last day of warm temperatures for a while, a cold front came in around sunset and weโ€™ve dropped 40 degs F since then, woke up to cloudy, rainy weather with temps in the mid-40s (~7 C). Feels more like proper Halloween-ish weather so I donโ€™t mind, especially after the blazing hot summer we had here.

#PhotoMonday #butterflies #Insects #InsectPhotography #flowers

Close up color photo of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly sitting on a yellow zinnia flower with its proboscis extended down feeding from the zinniaโ€™s florets. The butterfly is mostly orange in color with large white spots surrounded by black on its wings and white stripes down its hairy body. In the background and extending above the butterfly is another zinnia flower that is orange.
Mikal with a k
1 month ago

A couple more pics from September's biodiversity cataloging expedition. Sierra Alacrรกn, Sonora, Mexico.

These are all very digitally zoomed and cropped, which explains the pixelation. The second shot, of the damselfly's head is extreeeemly zoomed in. It was shot with a 100mm macro lens, but I was still pretty far away.

I'm doing a quick edit on all these photos from the trip before sending them off to the trip organizer who will get them to the various experts who will identify them before uploading them to the database. They'll become part of the scientific record for this area.

#insects #dragonfly #damselfly #InsectPhotography

A close-up of a dragonfly perched on the end of a twig. The insect's abdomen and thorax segments are a light bluish, with brown margins. The wings are transparent with brown veining. Each wing has a small dark spot near the tip of the leading edge. The head is mostly two bulging brown, pixelated-looking eyes. The background to the image is brownish and blurred.
Digitally zoomed in close up of a damselfly head and legs, all six of which are grasping the stalk of a blade of grass. The head somewhat resembles the head of a hammerhead shark, with large green eyes bulging horizontally out to each side. The top of the head has many fine hairs and other small features, all in iridescent sparkles of reds, blues and greens. Lower down at the bottom of its face, it has a green mouth partly open. It appears to have a fat green lower lip and a dark nose, sort of like how you might draw a cartoon dog's nose. It is serious nightmare material at this magnification.
An orangish damselfly clinging to a blade of grass. The transparent wings with black veining are folded back along its segmented, cylindrical abdomen. The whole insect is a mix of orange with black stripes or margins.
Two large dragonflies mating while perched on a grass stalk growing out of the water. The male has an iridescent green thorax and head and a blue and black abdomen, while the female is green and brown. In the mating position, the tip of the male's abdomen is inserted behind the female's head, in her "neck". They can fly together this way.
Matt Fossen
1 month ago

Lasius arizonicus. From my somewhat ill-fated Arizona collecting trip in April. #entomology #ant #Formicidae #insect #Photography #InsectPhotography

Photo of the face of a small yellow ant.
Matt Fossen
1 month ago

Just another ant specimen (Camponotus essigi, I think). #entomology #insect #ant #formicidae #InsectPhotography

Side view of a point-mounted brownish-red ant with a black abdomen.
View of the face of a brownish-red ant.
Matt Fossen
2 months ago

A couple of flies I photographed this morning. #Entomology #Insects #Diptera #Photography #InsectPhotography

A small, point-mounted fly. The fly is mostly black with brown legs and a partially pink abdomen.
A small, point-mounted fly. The fly is black with long pale legs and gray eyes.
Erik Svensson
2 months ago

The Serra Dancer (Argia sordida) is a damselfly belonging to the family Coenagrionidae ("pond damselflies") with its distribution restricted to the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. Here is a female laying eggs accompanied by her male, photographed at Trรชs Picos near Rio De Janeiro in southeastern Brazil.

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#damselflies #insectphotography

Erik Svensson
2 months ago

Heteragrion muryense, a beautiful damselfly species with restricted distribution to the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. Photographed at Trรชs Picos near Rio de Janeiro in January 2018, by yours truly.

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#damselflies #naturephotography #insectphotography #Odonata #macrophotography

Carpingdiem
2 months ago

It was a beautiful fall day today. A yellow rumped warbler dropped by and the nuthatches are with us year round. There were lots of these small snouted moths in the grass today. And it's time for milkweed pods. #birds #birding #birdsofmastodon #birdphotography #moth #insectphotography #milkweed #naturephotography #hoosiermast

This small brown bird is a yellow rumped warbler (you can tell by the yellow butt). It was hopping around in a tree near my house.
This small gray bird with the white head and breast is a white breasted nuthatch. They are  with us all year. This one, with its dark head stripe, is a male. Its favorite feeder food is peanuts. Here it is on a tree next to the peanut feeder, making sure no other birds are on the feeder.
There were a lot of these tiny triangular brown, black and white moths in the grass today. They can feed on many plants and trees including hackberry trees and we have a few of those in our yard. This moth has a little snout and is called a green cloverworm moth, although it's not green.
Out milkweed pods are light green, well formed and ready to burst. The little orange dots on the pods are oleander aphids. All oleander aphids are female, because they reproduce by parthenogenesis, meaning their eggs don't require fertilization by males.
B59R
2 months ago

@Laszlo@pixelfed.social Stunning! The perfect shot for #insectphotography and #insectsaturday ๐Ÿคฉ

Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

Things are slowing down in my garden now that the night temperatures have dropped but my pink zinnias are still going strong. Seeing quite a few visits from painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) as the numbers of flowers in the area diminish.
(10/05/23)

#butterfly #butterflies #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Image of a painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) atop a hot pink zinnia backed by an off-white, faux-brick concrete wall. This zinnia has a daisy-like structure with long, pink petals extending from a central disk containing red and yellow florets. Painted lady butterflies have orange, black, and white pattering on the back of the wing, a long, brown, tubular abdomen and thorax covered in long, fine, tan hairs, a diamond-shaped head covered in fine, tan hairs with two large brown eyes with darker spots and two, long black and white striped antennae that end in white tips, six white, segmented legs, and a long, brown proboscis.
Sam
2 months ago

Man konnte die Erleichterung regelrecht hรถren mit der die Florfliege grad zum Fenster reinstรผrzte um dem Regen zu entkommen.

#insekten #insect #insectphotography

Eine grasgrรผne Florliege mit milchglasfarbenen Flรผgeln im braunen Fensterrahmen
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

The European paper wasps seem to favor the bridge supports of a small foot bridge that crosses Clear Creek and overlooks the Iowa River. I found a nest in the same location last year. I'm not clear if these are workers and queen or, given the time of year, if these are newly emerged wasps. They were all very sluggish but it was a bit chilly.
(09/21/23)

#wasp #wasps #pollinators #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of a group of European paper wasps atop a wasp nest that is attached to a bridge support with a rusty patina. European paper wasps have black and yellow stripes across their abdomens, a black thorax with yellow markings, and a black head with yellow markings, two large eyes, and two antennae.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

The year is coming to an end and the flowers are fading. The bumbles sleep overnight in my slowly deteriorating zinnias and seek out the remaining pollen and nectar while it lasts.
(09/30/23)

#bees #bumblebees #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of two bumblebees, one in focus and the other out of focus, searching fading pink zinnias for pollen and nectar.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

An orange sulfur butterfly (Colias eurytheme seems likely) gathering nectar from some clover at the #WaterWorksPrairiePark in Iowa City, Iowa.
(09/09/23)

#butterfly #butterflies #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of an orange sulfur butterfly atop a clover flower. Orange sulfurs are yellow-green on their front wings with brown and white spots. Their eyes are yellow-green with darker spots. The back of the butterfly's wings is not visible but typically is orange and brown with dark and light markings. The butterfly is standing on the flower's florets and has its proboscis extended out and down into one of the open florets.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

This looks to be a native black-shouldered drone fly (Eristalis dimidiata suggests the ID app) atop a native evening primrose along the #IowaRiverTrail. Black-shouldered are a species of hoverfly and in addition to the bee-like colors/patterns this species is roughly the size of a bee or a small bumblebee.
(09/21/23)

#fly #flies #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of a black-shouldered drone fly (Eristalis dimidiata) on a yellow evening primrose flower. A species of hover fly, the black-shouldered has a black abdomen with thin white striping, a black thorax and head, two large eyes, two small antennae, black legs, and transparent wings with black veining.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

Our asters are in season and this skipper butterfly (sachen skipper or Atalopedes campestris seems likely) is enjoying that as much as I am.
(09/21/23)

#butterfly #butterflies #pollinators #flowers #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of a sachem skipper butterfly (Atalopedes campestris) clinging to a purple-pink aster with its proboscis extending into the flower's center. This species has brown and tan markings on its wings and body. Its body is covered in small hairs that give it a furry appearance. It has two large brown eyes, two antennae, and six segmented legs. These asters have a daisy-like structure with long, purple-pink petals radiating from a yellow central disk. The background is out of focus green foliage.
Carpingdiem
2 months ago

There are fewer and fewer butterflies around. I think this one is a cabbage white (although it's more of a light green) on New York aster. #butterfly #wildflower #naturephotography #insectphotography #nature #video

Matt Fossen
2 months ago

This may be the smallest insect I've tried to photograph to date: some sort of tiny parasitoid!. #Entomology #Photography #InsectPhotography #Insect #Hymenoptera

Side view of a tiny point-mounted wasp.
Imagery by Rihilism
2 months ago

This appears to be a white-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) hanging out next to one of my sweet peppers. They are often referred to as hummingbird moths due to their size (wingspan 2-3") and their ability to hover while feeding.

Personally, I couldn't help but think of Mothra when I saw this one.
(09/08/23)

#moths #Lepidoptera #pollinators #insects #InsectPhotography #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt
#photography #AltText @Dr_Brian_Pet

Closeup image of a white-lined sphinx moth clinging to the stem of a sweet pepper plant. This moth species has brown, tan, and white markings in intricate patterns on its body, head, and wings along with large eyes and flat, thick antennae.
Imagery by Rihilism
3 months ago

The cosmos & the zinnias really brought in the bumblebees this year which is what I was hoping for w/ the expansion of my garden & an increase in plants & flowers. I've run across quite a few sleeping in my flowers in the early morning๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ›๏ธ ๐ŸŒผ.

This one was just up to its regular 9-5.
(09/01/23)

#bee #bees #bumblebee #pollinators #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt
#photography #AltText

Closeup image of a bumblebee gathering nectar from the yellow center of a magenta and white Cosmos flower. The bumblebee is black with fine, straw-yellow hairs covering large portions of its body.
Carpingdiem
3 months ago

A bumblebee goes looking for nectar in a turtlehead flower. Wha's going on in there? She's not saying. #insect #photography #video #insectphotography #bee #turtlehead #wildflower

The turtlehead plant has flowers in the shape of a turtle's head with its mouth slightly open. A big bumblebee, who barely fits, pushes her way into a turtlehead plant flower. She has the same trouble getting out, but manages it.
Carpingdiem
3 months ago

I haven't seen many butterflies this summer. Here is a tiny gray hairstreak butterfly on boneset. #butterfly #insect #insectphotography #wildflowers #boneset #flowerphotography #nature #hoosiermast

A gray hairstreak butterfly is tiny--its wingspan is about an inch. The upper sides of the wings are medium gray with an orange spot. The underside is a  light gray with white and black lines and orange and blue spots. It has a  small "tail" (hence the "hairstreak") on the bottom of each wing.
Carpingdiem
3 months ago

It was a beautiful day today; blue skies, light breeze, temperature around 72F/22C. Some flowers, some insects and a bird for you. #birding #birdphotography #insects #insectphotography #bees #yellowjacket #aphids #sparrow #wildflowers

A carpenter bee (big, black and yellow and fuzzy) is just about to land on meadow sage, with deep purple flowers..
There are so many yellow flowers at this time of year, it is hard to tell them apart. This is tall coreopsis. On the left flower is a small dark bee with a striped abdomen, probably a tripartite sweat bee.
I think this is a juvenile song sparrow. It's a small, chunky bird, with a streaked breast and brown and gray head.
This interesting insect is a German yellowjacket, an invasive species. It is black and red, like other yellowjackets, with yellow legs and interesting geometric patterns that look like arrows on its back. The little brown things around it are brown citrus aphids, I think.
Mary C Legg
3 months ago

Jewel Beetle, Anthaxia podolica Canon 400D EF 100 2.8 f/5 1/250 iso: 400 Srbsko, Czech Republic 5/29/2010
#buprestidae #Coleoptera #jewelBeetles #pests #FlowerBeetles #insects #invertebrates #macro #grasslands #insectphotography #canon #canonphotography

Carpingdiem
3 months ago

There are lots of insects around, since it's still pretty warm outside. They'll start to disappear when the temperature goes below 50F/10C. #insects #bugs #insectphotography #nature #naturephotography #wildflowers #damselfly #wasps #dragonfly #boneset

This is a blue tailed damselfly. It has a mostly blue head and thorax and a mostly black wings and abdomen, with the exception of the last segment, of the abdomen, which is blue. These damselflies take to the sky in Sept and Oct.
A potter wasp. These are solitary wasps that drink nectar. However, they prey on other insects, in order to provide for their young.
A paper wasp on boneset. It is a large wasp whose body is dark brown with some dark orange spots. Its wings are also dark brown.  It has dark orange legs. It eats nectar. It lives in small colonies and constructs nests made of plant fiber.
This dragonfly is a male blue faced meadowhawk. It has a bright red abdomen with black bands, lacy black wings and green eyes. Here, it's resting on the dirt.

Not a great shot of mating dragonflies, but the ambiance at this part of the lake was wonderful

#insects
#nature
#Wildlife
#photography
#NaturePhotography
#InsectPhotography
#InsectsOfMastodon #Dragonfly

2 dragonflies hover above the green of the lakes surface
Marvin Johanning
3 months ago

A very colourful caterpillar I saw the other day. Really beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

#nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #photography #photo #insects #insectphotography #fotografie

A macro photo of a caterpillar on the ground. It is mostly black / brown with a yellow stripe through the middle. There is some red and white as well.
Trilobyter
3 months ago

Vanessa cardui aka โ€œPainted Ladyโ€ #butterfly on one of our zinnias.

#PhotoMonday #butterflies #gardening #InsectPhotography #insects #nature #schmetterlingsmontag

Close up color photo looking head on at a Painted Lady butterfly with its wings partly spread in a V-shape feeding on a fuchsia colored zinnia flowerhead with yellow florets at the center.

More dragonfly action from today, this time its a Southern Hawker Dragonfly

#insects
#nature
#Wildlife
#photography
#NaturePhotography
#InsectPhotography
#InsectsOfMastodon

The Southern hawker is a large, brightly coloured dragonfly with a long body and two green stripes on the thorax. The males have blue strips at the tip of the abdomen, while the females are brown with green/yellow patterns
Marvin Johanning
3 months ago

A very beautiful butterfly I saw a few days ago. Looks to be a butterfly of the Pieridae family, maybe a Small White?

Looks like it's drinking some nectar from this flower!

#nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #photography #butterfly #insect #insects #insectphotography #photo

A small white and yellow butterfly hanging on to a purple flower drinking some nectar.
Matt Fossen
3 months ago

Today's specimen photos: a Belted Grass-Veneer moth (Euchromius ocellea) and a small wasp of undetermined ID. #Entomology #Insects #Photography #InsectPhotography #wasp #moth

Side view of a small brown moth with light orange stripes and black spots.
Side view of a very small wasp with a light brown thorax and dark abdomen and head.
Imagery by Rihilism
3 months ago

A side benefit of taking photos at a macro scale is not noticing that your cream rose has been photo-bombed until you go to edit your photos of what you thought would be your first clean shot of of an unblemished rose ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Whatchagonnado?
(08/21/23)

#rose #roses #flower #flowers #FlowerPhotography #FlowerMastodon #insects #InsectPhotography #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt
#photography #AltText

Image of a partially opened cream colored rose amidst green rose foliage with a green and brown grasshopper or katydid that is hanging down the rose's side. Only the grasshopper or katydid's lower legs and abdomen are visible. The head and upper body are obscured by a leaf allowing the insect to blend in with the foliage.
Imagery by Rihilism
4 months ago

This bumblebee appeared to be taking a nap on one of my dahlias yesterday morning.
(08/13/23)

#bee #bees #bumblebee #pollinators #FlowerPhotography #insects #InsectPhotography #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of a bumblebee on a purple-pink dahlia flower. This species of bumblebee has black and straw-yellow body, six legs, two large black eyes, two short antennae, and transparent wings. This dahlia variety has a daisy-like structure with eight purple-pink petals extending from central disk made up of an inner circle of red and surrounded by a circle of yellow florets.
Carpingdiem
4 months ago
Male eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. It is a light yellow color with black stripes, kind of like a tiger. This one is a male and doesn't have the pretty blue and orange dots at the bottom of its wings like the female. There's a hole in its wing, likely the result of a close call with a predator. It is sipping the nectar of yellow wholeleaf rosinweed flowers. Rosinweed grows tall like sunflowers and the flowers are also yellow, but smaller.
This is a male katydid wasp, a medium to large black wasp with orange legs and very long, mobile antennae. Since its abdomen is black, it is a male (females have an orange abdomen). Since it is male, it doesn't have a stinger and in this form, it survives on nectar. It is getting nectar from mountain mint flowers, which are small, clustered flowers that are white with lavender dots inside.
A beautiful water lilly, with snow white petals and a profusion of golden stamens in the center of the cupped flower.
Berries from the gray dogwood bush on red stems. The green berries will turn white and they are very popular with birds.

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, one of only a few creatures I encountered this morning at Summer Leys in Northamptonshire UK

#Insects #nature #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #InsectPhotography #InsectsOfMastodon

The migrant hawker is a small hawker dragonfly with paired spots along the abdomen. The male is dark with blue spots and yellow flecks
Trilobyter
4 months ago

Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica) feasting on zinnia pollen in our front #garden.

#bees #insects #flower #insectphotography #MacroPhotography #photography #gardening #nature #ThickTrunkTuesday #BloomScrolling

Macro photo close up of an Eastern Carpenter Bee facing the camera and standing on the yellow florets at the center of a zinnia flower head with pink ray floret petals. The bee has yellow pollen on itโ€™s face and a thick yellow furry trunk or thorax.
Ann in Bridge Lake
4 months ago

Ichneumonid wasp hunting on our raspberries, successfully too judging by the dangling legs in his mouth.

#Wasps #Insects #InsectPhotography #Nature #NaturePhotography #Photography #Cariboo #BritishColumbia

#Photo: Darwin Wasp (Ichneumonidae family)

Side view of a male Ichneumonid wasp (has no stinger or ovipositor) on raspberry plant leaf; longish body, reddish colour, slender & curved waist with dark compound eyes and two long, segmented antenna (bi-coloured in black & orange). The body and legs of a smaller unknown insect or arachnid are visible as being held within its jaws.
Imagery by Rihilism
4 months ago

This beautiful wasp looks to be an eastern cicada killer wasp aka cicada hawk #wasp (Sphecius speciosus seems likely). I've not encountered one prior to this yr. As the name implies, they provision their nests w/ cicadas. This one is at least 2 inches long & seems to be quite territorial though it doesn't bother me other than checking me out each time I'm near.
(07/24/23)

#wasps #pollinators #insects #InsectPhotography #NaturePhotography #macro #MacroPhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Closeup image of an eastern cicada killer or cicada hawk wasp (Sphecius speciosus seems likely) perched atop a green plant.

Per Wikipedia's entry on the species:
"Adult eastern cicada wasps are large, 1.5 to 5.0 cm (0.6 to 2.0 in) long, robust wasps with hairy, reddish, and black areas on their thoraces (middle parts), and black to reddish brown abdominal (rear) segments that are marked with light yellow stripes. The wings are brownish. Coloration superficially resembles that of some yellow-jacket and hornet species. The females are somewhat larger than the males, and both are among the largest wasps seen in the Eastern United States, their unusual size giving them a uniquely fearsome appearance. European hornets (Vespa crabro) are often mistaken for eastern cicada killers, though at about 3.5 cm (1.4 in) long, they are smaller than the largest cicada killers. The males are smaller than the females because they are not given as much larval food; since females must carry the cicadas they have killed to a burrow for nesting, they benefit from being larger, and are given more food as larvae."
Steve Jackson
4 months ago

Keeled Skimmer #Dragonflies, seen on this date two years ago at #Studland Heath. The male has a pale blue abdomen with a thin black line (or keel) running down the middle. The female (second picture) has lovely greenish-yellow and brown hues, with a more obvious black keel. This is a species with a scattered distribution, with a preference for wet heathlands.

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Male Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly with blue abdomen as described in Toot. He is perched on some dead bracken.
Female Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly as described in Toot. She is perched on a grass stem, with the green foliage and purple flowers of Heather visible (though out of focus) in the background.
Sabine
4 months ago

A Six-spotted Tiger Beetle showing off his mouth parts. Depending on the direction of the light, he appeared metallic blue or green.
They can run incredibly fast and are fierce predators.

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#macro

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Er steht auf langen Beinen auf einem Farnblatt.
Trilobyter
5 months ago

Found this on one of the zinnia stems the other day, bug ID says itโ€™s an Obscure Bird Grasshopper, which would also make a great band name.

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Close up photo taken with a macro lens of a bright green grasshopper with blue and white vertically striped eyes and upward pointed antennae on a near-horizontal plant stem
Imagery by Rihilism
5 months ago

I have fun taking macro photos of #bumblebees especially on purple coneflowers which they seem to enjoy & frequently visit. They're so large & cooperative that it's not too hard to make them "appear" the size of a school bus. My ID app suggests that this is a brown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) which is a North American native.
(07/11/23)

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Closeup image of a bumblebee on the center of a purple coneflower. The bee is likely a brown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis). It has a black head with large dark eyes and black antennae, black legs and abdomen, dark wings, pollen pockets on its hind legs, and a thorax covered in fine, yellow to gold hairs.