Reversed Haploa Moth

Bug, Identification, moth, Photography

Like many other moths, Reversed Haploa can be found resting on low lying leaves. Their coloring makes them stand out against the greenery, amplifying their aesthetic. The wing design reminds me of an ethnic pattern. What do you think of when you see this moth?

June 18, 2012

Afternoon Delight

Bug, Identification, true bug

Here’s some bug sex for all you peeps out there (myself included.) What else would you expect from a dirty wormy?

June 14, 2012

Bumble Bee On Red Clover

bee, Bug, Identification, Photography

Though it may not appear so from the photo – this bumblebee was almost as big as the clover flower it’s collecting from. Unlike honey bees, bumblebees often build their nests in the ground and produce small amounts of honey since only the queens survive the winter.

June 9, 2012

Ladybug On Grass

beetle, Bug, humor, Photography, Thoughts

This beautiful, brightly colored ladybug wears red to alert others to her Danger (she leaves a bad taste in your mouth.) Remember that, guys, next time you find a pretty lady in red.

June 6, 2012

Confused Moth

Bug, Identification, moth, Photography

When I first found this pure white moth resting peacefully on a leaf, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. After lots of searching, I still had no answer. What was the name of this creature? Finally – after a couple days – I figured it out!

June 3, 2012

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Bug, butterfly, Identification, Photography

The eye cannot resist following the trail of these iridescent blue and black butterflies.

May 31, 2012

Monarch Butterfly on Red Clover

Bug, butterfly, Identification

With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.

May 22, 2012

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Bug, dragonfly, Identification

At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.

May 21, 2012