Bug of the Week: Favorite Photographs of 2014

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


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.


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



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


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


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


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


Parasitic wasps can be colorful.


Paper wasps sometimes take a break to do some cleaning.


What year is complete without a ladybug?


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.


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


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!




  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


    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. Sarah

    Thanks! I included Growing with Science on my “My Favorite Science Blogs” page a while back. http://www.shareitscience.com/p/blog-page_3.html
    I love your photos and reading your posts!

  4. 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.

  5. Roberta


    It is a challenge to catch a moving insect in focus. It would be fun to do video capture, too.

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