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10 Favorite Insect Photographs of 2016

Going over my photographs from the last 12 months, I realized I took many fewer shots of insects than in years past. It was still difficult, however, to limit the selection of favorites to just 10.

Insects Around Water

blue-dragonflyBlue seems to be the color of choice around ponds and streams.

gorgeous-damselfly_0618Blue mixed with green, that is.

dragonfly-ny_0649These photographs were taken in the company of some of my favorite people.

Insects in Fields and Pastures

flower-fly_0346A flower fly feeds on the nectar of Robin's Plantain, I believe.

skipper-on-cloverc_0268This skipper butterfly sips nectar from a clover flower.

wood-nymph-brsh-foot_0348A tattered wood nymph rests on a leaf.

freshy-emerged-queen-butterfly-241This queen butterfly just emerged from its chrysalis.

monarch-caterpillar-27Not to be outdone, here's a monarch caterpillar feeding on rush milkweed.

single-ant_0227What's this ant doing on this leaf? Probably searching for nectar or honeydew.

Insects On Trees

cidada-nymph-c_0259Exoskeleton of a cicada nymph clings to the trunk of a tree.

That wraps up Bug of the Week for 2016.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

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