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Insects & Arachnids

Insects, bugs and spiders

Eating 3468

Eating 3468

I photographed this brown bush butterfly eating 3468 while visiting the Reiman Gardens located on the campus of the Iowa State University.

Lynx Spider

Lynx Spider

I photographed this Lynx Spider during a trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last September. I used the focus stacking technique.

Yellow Garden Spider With Prey


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.

Mud Dauber Stinger

Mud Dauber Stinger

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.

Big Bend National Park, Esperanza, Flowers, Tecoma stans, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Bells, Yellow elder, Yellow trumpetbush, Yellow trumpetflower, Yellowbells

Yellow Bells

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.

Double-banded Bycid, LBJ Wildflower Center, Rattlesnake-weed, Sphaenothecus bivittata Dupont - Sphaenothecus bivittatus


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.

Walnut Creek Park


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

Walnut Creek Park


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.