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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Beautiful, Beautiful Bugs!!!

I've always thought insects were beautiful!  Such ornate creatures!  So cleverly designed!  And so many abundant varieties!  God must have taken great joy in creating them!
 

This fly is masquerading as a bee or yellow jacket.  Such a beautifully painted costume!


So pretty when he takes flight!


 This fly appears to be a common house fly---but such detail in his wings and eyes and his hairy neck and legs!


So capable of grabbing on to the fragile tips of the flowers!


This little black bee looks like he has fat yellow thighs.  But it is really his corbicula or pollen basket.  He has packed a goodly amount of pollen on both of his back legs!


Here he is again---coming near a dainty spider's nest!  Even though it is a small web, he wouldn't want to get caught in it!


  This beautiful strawberry blonde bee seems to love the Virginia Waterleaf flowers!


Such a delicate creature---all covered in a fuzzy yellow glow!


 Bumble bees are so big and heavy!  They really do just bumble around in the forest, bumping into things and barely grabbing on to the flowers when they land.


The flowers can barely support their weight!  But pollen and nectar must be gathered!  Even for the heftiest of bees!



For some reason, the bumble bees also dig in the dirt!


This one burrowed under a large rock for a bit, before coming out and flying away.  I don't think it was a nest of any kind.  Maybe just a nice roll in the mud!?


This bee was much smaller than a bumble bee, but had a similar look.  It seemed content to climb up a branch.  Didn't visit any flowers.


Ants are also abundant in the forest.  They seem to always be on the move.  Compare sizes with the dandelion seed off to the right.


A little red-eyed flying ant was quite beautiful as it walked along the edge of a leaf!


And the tiniest of beetles was sucking some sustenance out of a leaf.


This little dragonfly has a neon blue tail!  And very long wings with spots at the end!



These dragon flies were doing acrobatics on the bark of a tree.  I don't know if it was a mating ritual or an exercise routine!


Later, they just wanted to rest.


You can just see the tail end of a yellow jacket disappearing into the cavity of this tree.  I hope they aren't building a nest!  They aren't very friendly!


The Red-bellied woodpeckers have built their house right next to the grocery store!  It is out of focus, but this is a nest of winged wood ants or small wasps just down the tree trunk from the Woodpecker's home.  George Woodpecker made quite of feast of them!


I don't see the Downy Woodpecker family very often---they must live farther away.  But this father has two caterpillars already in his beak---and has caught another bug, too!  I think he is saving this meal for his babies!

There is only one bug that I truly hate!  And sadly, they are starting to come out during the day, now!  Yesterday, I spent 5 minutes in my nature spot.  And came away with 6 bites.  5 of which were through my bluejeans.  They know no boundaries!  And here in Minnesota, they look like this:





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