Bug Blog

Again today I’m turning the spotlight on our insect visitors because they’re just so darn photogenic. We’ve been very fortunate to have a number of praying mantises this year (even more fortunate that we’ve actually been able to spot them, which is always the real challenge).

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Since their camouflage defense works best when they remain perfectly still, they make ideal models. As long as they don’t perceive the photographer as a threat (no sudden movements, please) they’ll stay perfectly still. This little guy was so still, I began to wonder if he was dead. Then I moved my position slightly and watched as he turned his head to keep an eye on me.

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I thought this grasshopper was really pretty cool…

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Until I realized he was busy devouring the only watermelon I’d been able to rescue from the groundhog. Then I gave gave him the boot (not literally).

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Every so often I find these odd little bug shells. I have no idea if this is something a living insect has shed, like a snake’s skin, or if it’s some sort of skeleton left behind after the insect has died. I just find them morbidly fascinating.

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This caterpillar was cute enough to give me a foot fetish.

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2 thoughts on “Bug Blog

  1. Cicada bugs leave a skeleton, but that looks more like a grasshopper that some bird has decided to devour the belly and leave nothing but the shell.

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  2. Nice! And how do those bugs get out of those shells? Must be more difficult than Kramer getting out of a tight pair of Levis!

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