This is the time to look back at the highlights of the past year and look forward to upcoming adventures. In that vein, here are some of my favorite insect photographs from 2021.
Butterflies like this hairstreak are always such prima donnas.
Okay, so my favorites aren’t all photographs. These queen butterflies tell off the intruder by flapping their wings.
Roses always look even more lovely with a katydid decoration.
My neighbor was so excited when the praying mantis egg cases she had purchased began hatching that she called me over to watch. It was pretty amazing to see all the little nymphs. Later I found this one in our yard.
Yep, another video. In this one I caught a honey bee using her legs to pat pollen into her already pretty full pollen baskets. The plant is jojoba.
I took this photograph on January 14, 2021, which seems pretty early in the season for bees. Maybe the early bee gets the pollen?
Hope you enjoyed these. Thank you so much for following Growing with Science in 2021. I really appreciate everyone who took time to comment and for your support.