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Bug of the Week: Favorite Photographs of 2014

What better way to ring out 2014 than with some photographs of insects?

boxelder-bugs-group

Looking back over the last twelve months, I found I haven't taken as many photographs of insects as in years past. I did, however, take quite a few of true bugs this year, like these boxelder bugs.

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Not the best shot, but I thought these milkweed bugs were amusing.

 

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Maybe it was color that caught my eye, as with this orange on orange composition.

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Bees are always fun, although they are usually in motion. Check out this leafcutter bee collecting pollen.

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She has filled her scopa (hairs on the underside of the abdomen)!

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This one is reminding us that bees feed on nectar as well as collect pollen.

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Parasitic wasps can be colorful.

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Paper wasps sometimes take a break to do some cleaning.

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What year is complete without a ladybug?

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But the butterflies always give the brightest displays. This is a paper kite.

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae

Here is a white peacock catching some rays.

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You can get some beautiful close-ups in butterfly exhibits.

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The unexpected shots in your own back yard, however, are always the most treasured.

Do you have a post of your favorite nature photographs, too? Feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Happy New Year!

 

 

5 thoughts on “Bug of the Week: Favorite Photographs of 2014

  1. Sarah

    I love insects. This is a lovely collection of photos. I enjoy trying to get shots of bees too, but you're right- always on the move! Happy New Year!!

  2. Roberta

    Sarah,

    Good to hear from you. It reminded me I wanted to add your excellent blog to my blogroll 🙂 Hope you have a great 2015!

  3. Anna

    My favorite of your pictures are the bee with it's proboscis and the wasp washing it's face. I like the timing of getting the behaviors of the insects. Of course, the butterflies are pretty, too.

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