A bee serving as an Eastern Purple Coneflower pollinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.
Insects & Arachnids
Insects, bugs and spiders
I photographed this brown bush butterfly eating 3468 while visiting the Reiman Gardens located on the campus of the Iowa State University.
A Giant Wood Nymph (Idea leuconoe) photographed at the Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa.
An Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly photographed in the butterfly exhibit of the Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus.
I photographed this spider and daisy in my studio Lightbox using LED lights and my “super macro” lens and the focus stacking technique.
I photographed this Lynx Spider during a trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last September. I used the focus stacking technique.
This photograph of a Passion Butterfly feeding on a flower was taken along the Blue Creek Canyon Trail in Big Bend National Park.
I photographed this Passion Butterfly when hiking along the Blue Creek Trail in the Big Bend National Park last month.
Our photography group hiked the Blue Creek Trail one day. That is where I found these two Hunting Wasps engaged in a ritual.
Sorry folks. Just testing. Taking a look under the hood to see if I can figure out this image problem. Thanks for your patience.
I stopped by a Jimsonweed at the LBJ Wildflower Center to photograph new pristine flowers when I spotted this Jimsonweed Pollinator.
I returned to the spot where I photographed a Yellow Garden Spider a few weeks ago and found her there encasing her prey in her web.
A Queen Butterfly sits atop a Gregg’s Mistflower at the LBJ Wildflower Center. Butterflies seek a variety of flowers to bask in the sun.
Yellow Garden Spiders are more scary looking than they are dangerous. I photographed this one at the LJB Wildflower Center.
I captured this photograph of a Fork Tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcate) sitting on a Blackfoot Daisy yesterday morning in my front yard.
Have you ever wondered what the stinger of a bee, hornet, wasp or mud dauber looks like? Here is a 4.3x magnification of a Mud Dauber stinger.
We stopped alongside one of the park roads during last spring’s trip to Big Bend National Park where I captured this photograph of some Yellow Bells.
I was photographing flowers when I spotted a tiny insect on a Giant Spiderwort. I thought it was a bee or a wasp but upon further research it was a flower fly.
I signed up for a Plant ID course at the LBJ Wildflower Center. I ran across this Double-banded Bycid hanging out on this Wild Carrot head during an outing.
I purchased a Laowa 15mm Wide Angle Macro Lens last year to photograph wildflowers. I struggled to get decent results when I had an idea of how to improve.
I posted an image last week of Maximilian, a Maximilian Sunflower that was sporting a very nice creature. This is a different kind of creature. My best guess is that this is a Sweat Bee
Maximilian was the only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire. But that’s not the Maximilian I wanted to showcase. It’s the Maximilian Sunflower that is the subject of this post.
I began taking Texas Wildflower photographs early in 2015 after a discussion with some of my photography friends. At first I did not think that I would be interested in “taking pictures of flowers”, but, it was fun and intriguing.