Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Few Hues of Insect Life

A copper-colored Dragonfly (Eastern Amberwing, I think)
A green Walking Stick
A brown Scorpion
A brown and gold Grasshopper (Brown-Spotted)
A leafy-green Katydid
 Looks like Great Granddaddy Katydid
Tan and brown Grasshopper (Slant-Faced; Two-Striped Mermiria)
Pale green Praying Mantis
Yellow and black Garden Spider (Yellow Argiope)
Orange and black Milkweed Bugs
Linking to Saturday's Critters

130 comments:

Icy BC said...

You have quite a collection of critters! I like the praying mantis as I don't see them often around here.

Sandra said...

aren't bugs just amazing? all the details and colors.. and so ugly they are beautiful... i have seen all of these except the scorpion and the milk weed bugs... hope never to meet a scorpion.. LOL

Cranberry Morning said...

Aren't they amazing! So tiny, yet a living creature. Love the grasshopper, can continue to live without scorpions. :-)

MarkD60 said...

Never saw a live scorpion. Only dead ones.
Spiders and scorpions are not insects.

DJan said...

That dragonfly looks like it's made out of lace. Nice critters you've got out there, good captures! :-)

William Kendall said...

Dragonflies I like, probably because of the way they fly about, and their appetite for those pesky mosquitoes.

Donna said...

The scorpion is the one that creeps me out! Great photos!

Birdman said...

Dragon flies still give me the willys flying around my head.

EG CameraGirl said...

Cool shots, Tex! Up close and personal.

Brian King said...

Nice close up's! I wouldn't know one grasshopper from another. Didn't see any praying mantis this year.

Brk Trt said...

walking sticks are so cool. I watched one the other day.

carolann said...

Your bugs are photography like. To me to have them crawling or flying. I will pass.

The dragon fly actually bites me.

When I swam last year in the lake. The dragon fly landed on my bathing suit
and then bit me on the shoulder. My friend yells you have to be kidding.

He or she is diving for more of your flesh. So that afternoon I had to swim underwater. Thank goodness I love to swim underwater.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I love the dragonfly! We call 'em mosquito hawks in Louisiana.

Ileana said...

Very nice crittrers.In Romania, Milkweed Bug is called "Boul lui Dumnezeu". :)

Midmarsh John said...

Brilliant colourful shots. Love the coper coloured dragon. Used to keep stick insects in my classroom years ago. One day some escaped and ended up sampling the custard in the school kitchen.

Leovi said...

Nice catchs, wonderful, Grasshopper is my favorite!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous captures on these buggy critters.

Kate said...

Wonderful photos! May I use one of these on my desktop; promise not to share with anyone else!

Stephen Hayes said...

The dragonfly in that first picture looks like a piece of jewelry. Beautiful.

rainfield61 said...

You manage a zoo of small critters.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, interesting bugs in Texas, eek!!!! That Dragonfly is beautiful though.Blessings Francine.

don said...

A fine collection of close ups of these varied critters. I like the detail you got in this series. They made a fine post.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos, Tex!
The dragonfly in gorgeous and looks like a jewelry.
I fear so much scorpion.

Wishing you and yours a lovely weekend. :)

Lynne said...

You've got 'em . . . Quite the collection!
The coppery dragonfly almost looks like it was painted instead of real . . .

Gert said...

Very interesting and beautiful! But can't stand the scorpion or the spider! Lol

ellen abbott said...

Insects are so other-worldly, so different from mammals.

Small City Scenes said...

So many bugs you have that we don't---thank goodness!! haha
MB

Julia said...

You have a great collection of interesting creatures. Each one so unique and all sharing the planet with us.
Have a great weekend Theresa.
Hugs,
JB

Margaret Adamson said...

You sure have a lot of creepy crawlies but great shots of them. Have a great weekend.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Oh, what a different collection of insects.
Not all delighted.
As well, in my country do not live scorpions.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

bj said...

Mercy, girl...you really got some topnotch photos of some great little insects.....I really love the top one...copper color...love it.

Karen S. said...

Oh yeah the green walking stick still my favorite! You have quite the collection of little friends here! Grasshoppers I have a bit too many of again, and bugs in masses icky, (just had a mass of ants attack my foot while mending my fence and actually bite me last week) but your shots are incredible!

Terry and Linda said...

The post of the creepy crawlers...perfect for October!

Did you get any rain?

Linda
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Farm Girl said...

What great bugs! My favorite is the walking sticks! I would move just to see walking sticks. :) Oh, and gully washing rain. :)

charuhasacharya said...

Simply amazing.

nookworm said...

Love all your pictures today! You sure have found a wonderful assortment of bugs!

Linda Kay said...

I have not seen the milkweed bugs before, so very interesting. You can keep the spider and especially the scorpion.

Sally Crowe said...

Great assortment! The grasshoppers have been deadly with my flowers though. UGH! :)

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

You get all these things close to you, or did you have to send away for them? Amazing shots - 4th one (grasshopper) is particularly sharp.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

this post just bugs me for some reason, ha ha :)

So many great closeups! :)

Rose said...

Be still my heart!!! I love that first one of the grasshopper! All are nice, but I just had never thought a grasshopper was that nice looking till this shot.

Blondie's Journal said...

The walking stick creatures really amaze me...well they all do. But I had never seen one until a blogger posted a picture.

Great photos!

Jane

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I've never seen a copper-colored Dragonfly.....absolutely gorgeous. I'm afraid I'm very familiar with the scorpion. After 14 years in the country we still get plenty and I've been bit a few times...OUCH does not express the feeling....giggle.

Thanks for sharing the photos!

DIMI said...

Great closeups Tex!I have.nt seen a scorpion in my area!A grasshoper,yes!
Dimi...

Chandra said...

Quite a variety, Theresa.
Are the scorpions home-grown?

Peace :)

Sylvia K said...

You do get the best close-ups and I even like your bugs etc. These are terrific!

Ms. A said...

That's quite an assortment. Glad I don't have to deal with scorpions!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Cool insects (except the scorpion)! I loved finding walking sticks as a kid. I never see them anymore. Maybe they are around me and camouflaging themselves too well.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh this is a great post. I really like all those insects. In my opinion I think grasshoppers photograph the best. Can't say why, I just think they do.

Black Jack's Carol said...

My goodness, some wonderful shots here with amazing details and vivid colours. A favourite? So difficult to choose, but perhaps, the "leafy-green Katydid" - love the knowing expression in his/her eye and the legs...

Fly Girl said...

Texas grows bugs big like everything else!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful macro shots of nature's critters!

Happy Weekend
artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, so colourful, I love 'em.

Molly The Wally said...

Great shots but creepy or scary or what? Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Gosia k said...

Is this scorpion dangerous?

Filip Demuinck said...

You find a few top insect picture opportunities. My favourites are the second and the fourth picture.

Greetings,
Filip

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Your own little creepy-crawlie rainbow!

Robin Lamb said...

T, Oooo, what a great variety of bugs! Neat series of shots!

maryaustria said...

A nice collection of critters! :) Great photos!

Mersad said...

Not gonna lie, most of these would have me walking in the other direction. But I love looking at them through your lens.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Gunilla Bäck said...

Interesting critters! I wouldn't want to get near the scorpion though.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I missed your whistlers.....on Friday? You know how to throw this ol' gal off balance!! [wink]

And the insects are fabulous. I did not KNOW they were called milkweed bugs.

RedPat said...

That's a lot of bugs! ;-)

Karen said...

Quite an amazing variety, love that stick bug!

Jeanne said...

Wowza!! I do love bug wings!!

Debbie said...

First....I no longer want to sleep on the deck. Second....the dragon fly is beyond awesome and third....if you took these images with your phone, I am selling my Nikon ;)

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

You have an amazing eye for beautiful creatures. I love watching critters esp grasshoppers and praying mantis but stick insects are cute too.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Leslie said...

Love this post! The other night my daughter and I were home alone when we started hearing a very loud and strange clicking sound. Turns out we had a katydid in the entryway!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great collection of pics!

Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) for sure.

I never seen green walking sticks, only brown ones.
~

Laura. M said...

What a collection of insects Teresa !!!
We do not go to Porto few days.
Good week;))

Paula said...

All pretty but you can have the scorpion. I've had an encounter with one twice in my life and they don't make a person feel good.

Our photos said...

Wow, that's nice. I love grasshopper !

georgettesullins said...

Oh, these are breathtaking in their clarity.

A Quiet Corner said...

Clear and precise pix....each and every one!!!!...:)JP

eileeninmd said...

Hello Theresa, wonderful series of insect shots. MY favorite is the first dragonfly and the last shot of the colorful milkweed bugs.. Thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

Cloudia said...

I felt like a kid again enjoying this fabulous collection!





ALOHA from Honolulu
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Lois Evensen said...

You have so many really nifty bugs! :) Love those wings in the first shot.

Annette Mickelson said...

You make bugs so interesting!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

These are amazing captures. Creepy, but really amazing! You really should be paid for your photography, my friend.

Pom Pom said...

I love the katydid. We saw one here once. Great shots, TexWis!

bailey-road.com said...

These are great shots of some of the littler critter you have hanging around. The old katydid looks like he should have a cane and an ear trumpet.
I don't like the looks of that scorpion at all!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Well... we have bugs and lots of 'em here in Florida. I think we have you beat. Love all your pictures. Do not like Scorpions at all but most folks do not. Have a great day tomorrow.

Dicky Bird said...

I'm so fascinated by bugs - really, Love the pictures. I've never heard of milk weed bugs. Good thing, they aren't in WI as the Monarch caterpillars eat the milk weed.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Some of those bugs really ARE bigger in Texas! :-)

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

i love the dragonfly & all those grasshoppers ... so cool!! what fun critter times. ( :

michaelswoodcraft said...

Beautiful pictures Tex, love the close-ups! I walked into our bathroom the other evening and found a Scorpion. I see them all the time outside but never understand how they can get into the house!

LisaS said...

ew.

Stephanie Faris said...

Great pictures but insects creep me out. Especially walking sticks!

Grantham Lynn said...

Wow what a group. How do you get these shots? I have been seeing dragon flies. I've never seen them before. We're not too far from water and some woods on the edge of the property. Don't know if that's why. I don't think I could capture them though. But I did get those squirrels the other day. Thanks for coming by.
Have a great Sunday.

Elaine said...

What a variety of insects! Lots more than we have here.

Felicia said...

great collection of bug macro's.

Angela said...

You sure do have a very nice selection of bugs around your place! I have seen them all here except the scorpion, but there was a kid on my street that had one in a box back when I was in middle school. I did see that one but it is not native to West Virginia.

Anita Davis said...

Great series. You have really captured some wonderful shots. That face on the Great Granddaddy Katydid is fantastic.

The Queen Jester said...

Those are some great bug shots. I love shooting photos of insects as well, not sure why because I certainly don't like them anywhere near my person....but it seems okay when they are in their own neighborhood.

Cassandra Louise said...

They are such amazing little creatures! I adore good photos of insects, and these are wonderful. :-D

Linda said...

Fantastic close-up shots!

Marie said...

Beautiful insects! Especially that dragonfly! All wonderful macros!

Randy said...

Excellent shots.

Hilary said...

What a great insect collection. The scorpion kind of creeps me out but the grasshopper in the next image is just amazing. That's a beauty of a shot.

KB Bear said...

What cool photos. Not only do you do great long distance bird photos, but you can get super sharp photos of amazing bugs. I've never seen most of them. The green stick bug is very cool!

Rita said...

I prefer furry to slick, but great photos. You can keep most of them down there--LOL! ;)

Made by KKann said...

So many insects.
The snow is soon to come - so no insects here..

Irma said...

What a beautiful pictures of different insects.
Perfect photographed, my compliments.
I wish you a good Sunday.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Wow, what amazing photos. I've only gotten up close and personal with a scorpion once. That was enough. :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely photos! I liked your beautiful dragonfly very much!

Wally Jones said...

What a wonderful and COLORFUL series of images with which to enjoy my morning coffee!

Thank you for starting out my day!

Ain't Nature wonderful?

Pix Under the Oaks said...

You have some very cool critters Tex!

SweetMarie said...

so happy that I've never seen a scorpion! you have quite a collection of visitors! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Even your creepy-crawlies are beautiful! These are gorgeous pictures.

Munir said...

I like how you see beauty in creatures most people are afraid of.

Susan (ABON) said...

I like the grasshoppers and the dragonfly. They're all good images, Theresa.

Bethany Carson said...

The insects are all very neat looking! I don't think I'd want to run into the scorpion or spider though!

pattisjarrett said...

You've gone buggy! LOL Love that Amber Wing. In fact, I liked everything but the scorpion. I find them creepy for some reason.

Evelyn S. said...

Most interesting....you can keep the scorpion, though! ;-) (Do milkweed bugs destroy the plant...the plant that monarchs rely on?)

Paul said...

Wow, what a great collection of "bug" pictures! A whole different variety of bugs than what we have over here on the West Coast...

Indrani said...

Amazing variety you have in this post!

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, lots of Hues of Insect (not a few), Theresa :-)
Did I see scorpion in your post before, maybe so. So scary.... I hope you don't see them close to you often!
The first dragonfly caught my husband's eyes p:)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Jeevan said...

you took us into insects world! wow great capture... i am quite scare of insects. but i liked the beauty in your photos :)

barbara l. hale said...

A nice variety of bugs! I think Katydids and Praying Mantises are among the coolest of bugs.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Amazing collection!

Pantherka said...


Very beautiful images and how are photographed up close.

Pat Tillett said...

Great closeups of all of them.
Were all of them taken around your place?

Becca said...

Love all those critters, especially the dragonfly and the green walking stick! Had to scroll past the spider though! LOL

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Wonderful collection of critter photos. Love the dragonfly.
You are such a talent with your camera.

edenhills said...

That's a lot of bugs! I haven't seen any garden spiders lately. I might actually miss them (or maybe it's just my garden I miss). Great shot of the dragonfly.

Saun said...

Tickle has been eating grasshoppers. Crazy love your pics.

NatureFootstep said...

a great variety of small critters. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I LOVE the dragonfly. You can keep the spider and the scorpion to yourself. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the dragonfly....

Helma said...

What a beautiful and sharp pictures Theresa !!! Beautiful colors and so beautiful Hedler. I think you grasshoppers really fantastic! Beautiful drawing, bright, sharp and amazing beautiful colors.

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