Bug of the Week

If you are going to be teaching a class or doing an art project and you need images of insects or spiders, check out Insects Unlocked. Their goal is to supply high quality public domain insect photographs for anyone who needs to use them.

Examples downloaded from their Flickr photostream:

How about an image that shows the diversity of beetles?

assorted-beetlesBeetles come in such as range of sizes, shapes, and colors.

public-domain-green-june-beetleHere's a green June beetle. I love how this photographer used a human finger for scale. It really brings you into the photograph.

glowworm-beetle-maleWait, that's a beetle? Yes, it is the face-on view of a male glowworm beetle in flight. Its antennae look like curly fringe, don't they?

I also like how the credits are included with the image. Its always a good idea to make sure the source and/or photographer gets credit even with public domain images. This site makes it easy to do.

If you use one of their images in a project, feel free to leave us a comment telling us about it. We'd like some ideas about how they are being used.

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How bad can a day be if you get to spend an hour watching dragonflies?

blue-dragonflyAlong with the usual green darners, flame skimmers, black saddlebacks, and Mexican amberwings, were these little blue cuties.

blue-dasher-dragonfly-0270Check out the white on the front of the head between the eyes.

blue-dasher-dragonfly-0275White face = Blue dasher

See more at The Dragonfly Whisperer and Arizona Dragonflies.