The World of Bugs (3 images)

Bugs are amazing.  Up until I was a photographer, I only noticed those that I was familiar with.  Now I notice them all, especially the not so obvious and am in awe when I find out what I’ve captured and how they fit into our complex ecosystem.

I had no idea what this was when I captured it, the often heard and rarely seen Cicada swarms into trees by the thousands after living under ground between 2 and 17 years. Associated with summer and the loud hum in the trees, they have five eyes and only males make that familiar humming sound (they have the ability to disconnect their tympana to prevent damage to their ability to hear.)

 

As I was walking to a nearby park, I saw all of these tiny bright metallic green bees that I’d never seen before.  These are sweat bees, they are not attracted to human sweat, but they are attracted to the salt.  They are the smallest bees and only sting if they are roughly handled or harmed.  They are excellent pollinators.

 

I had never seen this brilliant blue except on a butterfly, this is a beautiful Polka Dot Wasp Moth. It appears to be a wasp but it is a moth only seen in the Caribbean and Florida that spends most of its time on oleander bushes.

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