It is time to look back at some of our favorite Bug of the Week photographs from 2015.
We have an obvious affinity for the Order Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) around here, starting with this paper wasp hunting for caterpillars.
Is it a bee, wasp, or fly? It’s a cuckoo bee!
With all the interest in pollinators this year, a photograph of a honey bee is a must.
We also captured some tiny pollinators at work.
Can you see the packed pollen basket on its hind leg? It is amazing this little bee can even lift off to fly.
To end the Hymenoptera series, here is a honeypot ant replete, or special worker that stores food for the colony.
Not all the insects we looked at were flashy. This tiny katydid nymph did its best to blend in.
Speaking of blending in, do you see the crab spider in this photograph?
Here’s a close-up to help you out.
What collection of bug photographs would be complete without a pretty butterfly?
I love the katydid picture! Very cool.