Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Creepy Crawlies

During the second week of June I went to the local arboretum specifically to photograph dragonflies. Why do I even bother making plans? Sigh. The dragonflies weren't cooperating so I turned my attention to other insects. I don't know what most of these critters are, so if anyone can help with IDs, I'd be very appreciative.
Cute little bee with emerald eyes.



Armor in place and ready for battle!

I believe this is a whitefly, which is very destructive to plants.

Sweet little face with an ink dot for an eye.

After downloading, I noticed that this unidentified insect was apparently
rubbing his antennae together quickly which caused the blur/feather/prism.

Weird and wild!

Eating his way to the other side. Um...that won't work. lol
Wasp on a fence. Is this stretching the Good Fences qualification?
Sorry, my material is thin this week. :/
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67 comments:

Carole M. said...

spectacular macros of the insects; my favourite is the second last Gail..

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love these close-ups! That second-to-last pic looks kinda like an aphid!

Roan said...

You did come up with some strange insects. If this wasn't a work day, I would drag out my insect book. As it is, I will merely admire your handiwork.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome, i am curious how you get the bugs to stay? lucky you!! ( :

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

One of the first mantras I taught my little ones..."All life is precious"

These photos prove it.

Gorgeous.

Glad I don't have to pick a favorite.

Merisi said...

All that walks and crawls, except dragonflies! ;-)

Wonderful creatures all, though, beautifully captured.

Jacquelineand.... said...

You've taken this creepy crawlies from mundane to works of art!

Stephanie said...

Gail, dear Gail, you have taken pictures of bugs. . .bugs that I would normally step on or swat and you have made them unique and in a way, beautiful. You got us up-close-and-personal and had me intrigued the whole time :)

Thanks for sharing your gift with us. Enjoy your day! Hugs to you

Irma said...

What a great macro shots, Gail.
All prefect sharp, my compliments.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Creepy crawlies = willies!!!

Great photos to be sure.

Felicia said...

magnificent images Gail. Only know the bee's, nothing else. they all look like bugs to me too. LOL.

TexWisGirl said...

i like how you slipped in a fence! :D

loved all your creepy crawlies and flyies. don't know most of what they are, either!

you-wee because said...

This time your birds look different, Gail... ;-)

Wonderful macros of your Louisiana insects...!

Uwe.

LC said...

These are amazing close up images. Glad you didn't give up and go home when the dragonflies failed to cooperate!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

These insects must be local. Except for the wasp, I recognize no one.

Mike Biles said...

Astonishing photographs!

Marie said...

Wow! Wonderful insect photos! I have no idea what they are, except "interesting." :-)

Evelyn S. said...

Your bug macros are every bit as fabulous as your bird images, Gail! Amazing what strange creatures there are!

Kim Stevens said...

Great shots Gail, and even though I thought I knew my bugs, I can't identify most of these either. If you want shots of dragonflies, you should come to my house...I have dozens of them hanging out in my garden everyday for the past week or so...and I've only taken hundred and hundreds of photos! They are all the same kind but I've been beside myself with glee, lol. I posted one yesterday on the blog and in my post at FOL.

Karen said...

You even make bugs look great!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I agree with Karen, you can make bugs look amazing.

Pantherka said...


I admire it's beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful closeups of the insects... The white fly is neat looking.. Great post.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous detail! I'm not much good at identifying insects.

Karen S. said...

Oh my bug-fantastic photos! What great finds, in such beautiful detail. Funny how they can be so pretty and like the whitefly, naughty and destructive too!

Melissa said...

You get the most interesting bugs down there!

orchid Miyako said...

Good Morning from Japan, Gail;
OMG, what fabulous pictures of insects with sweet caption. I was stunned with the first awesome pictures; yes, its emerald eyes are beautiful♡♡♡ And my favorite is the forth from the last, I've never thought an insect this pretty p;) Gorgeous Picture☆☆☆

Sincerely from Japan xoxo Miyako*

Shug said...

Cute little boogers.....
In looking at these photographs, I see God's perfections! Every single detail on these creations is so unique!! Love em'
Shug

Indrani said...

Fantastic macros. I like their world!

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Wonderful macros! Congratulations :-)
Greetings

Breathtaking said...

Good Morning!:) Sorry don't know the names of these tiny insects, but your macros are wonderful. The second and penultimate images are stunning.Catching the leaf tip seconds before it fell was a lucky find, and fun caption.:)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm not good with identification, but you got some really cool shots! I love bug macro.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm not good with identification, but you got some really cool shots! I love bug macro.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

YOU make bugs look good!! I cant ID any but the wasp... and see... its eating wood too.

HOPE you have a blessed coming weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! Your arboretum has some wonderful wildlife. Better than a zoo, methinks!

hootnonny said...

Amazing critters!

nookworm said...

I have a passion about all of God's creatures. These, too, are magnificent! Nature at its best. Thanks!

TexWisGirl said...

(thanks, dearie!)

June Caedmon said...

I had to come back for a second look. These are fabulous, Gail! I love bugs {as long as they stay outside, lol!} Amazing, isn't it, that God would take such care and create such intricate detail on something so small and seemingly insignificant! How great He is!

bj said...

What amazing photos. I have no idea the names of most of them.

Tanya Breese said...

wow, amazing shots!!

Hilary said...

Dragonflies in their early days can be elusive. I'm glad these guys were not though.. wonderful macros.

Debbie said...

If you say it's a fence, then it's a fence!! Beautiful bugs!!

Ida said...

Oh my gosh you've got some amazing insect shots here. I loved all of them. The one with the chewed leaf made me chuckle. Neat wasp shot too.

Kathy said...

Yes, there are a couple here that give me the heebies!

marilyn said...

love the bugs !

Anvilcloud said...

Oh crap! She does fabulous macros too. Sigh.

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots! (Although that wasp creeps me out...)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Fantastic close up shots of these insects.

Wally Jones said...

Insects offer a whole new world to discover! I'm just now starting to explore that world a little bit. When the birds don't get in the way. :)

Very nice series, Gail!

Slamdunk said...

I love the pics Gail--even if they are buggie. I think the dragonflies all fled to NC with us to hang by the pool on our vacation. I am sure they will cooperate with you next time.

rainfield61 said...

These are fantastic snapshots of the macros.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Always amazing shots Gail! You are correct - the whitefly is bad!! I squish them every chance I get, but this one is very pretty.
My favorite is the "weird and wild" one!! His colors and it's aerodynamic!! Neat!

BumbleVee said...

hahah ... yup.... bit of a stretch...but, lots to enjoy all the same...

eileeninmd said...

Hi Gail, just stopping back to say thanks for linking up and sharing your post this week, have a happy weekend!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Wow- that's a lot of bugs! Very cool- except for the wasp which is a bug I am afraid of!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots of all the interesting little creepy crawlies!

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Helma said...

These are really wonderfull macros.
Sharp and beautiful and clear details.
You also betn a really good photographer :-)

Anita Johnson said...

These are crazy! my favorite, if you could possibly pick one? The Weird and wild one!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Isn't that the way it works? They know one is coming and do not cooperate.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Great macro shots Gail and I think the wasp on the fence was perfect for last weeks good fences.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well ... if that's what happens when your plans don't work out we are all the luckier for it! Amazing lovely macros. That one with the pen dot for an eye is so cute, it's like a little girl drew a sweet picture of a bug!!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

These bugs, critters, insects and thems are all so fascinating. I love how detailed you can get with your super macro!!!! I don't know much on how photography works but you for sure are the best, I know. I love those 'refresh' cloths. Thank you!!!!! They are awesome. I haven't seen them around here. ♥

Noke said...

Klasse Bilder sehr schöne Schärfe.

Gruß
Noke

Helma said...

What this series of super beautiful macro photos.
So sharp and clear and so colorful. The antennae of the insect in picture 5, I think that's great and picture 7 where the beetle has eaten away the tip whahahahaha .... A very big compliment!

Helma said...

What this series of super beautiful macro photos.
So sharp and clear and so colorful. The antennae of the insect in picture 5, I think that's great and picture 7 where the beetle has eaten away the tip whahahahaha .... A very big compliment!