Tag Archives: Insects

Friday Fritillary

I snapped these Silver-Bordered Fritillaries at the beginning and end of a recent days end hike. Changing sunlight and windy conditions created some different looks.




They’re Here!

And its gonna get loud. The 17 year Cicada, last seen and heard in the summer of 1999 is creeping out of there sub-terrain to have a breeding party.

This article from the Columbus Dispatch gives you an overview.

I was nine years old the first time around. Dad took me along to make a delivery that took out into the country south of Canton, Ohio. I remember being terrified as these big creatures crashed into our windshield. I moved out of state  by the time the second round came around. But for the third emergence, I was training staff for summer camp. The incessant noise annoyed the senses, especially trying to communicate while in the woods. Like any other novelty, it quickly gets old.

Here we go again. A local radio station announced that May 23rd was emergence day. I found these at the base of a big oak at the towpath’s Zoar Valley Trail today, in the rain…


What is there to take pictures of on the trail. I enjoy hiking the trail this time of year and my camera journals my treks. But this is the grey season, so my eye is being put to the test along with my months old photography skill.

I decided to slip on the 20mm macro ring Saturday and see what I could create with the lens. Or in the case of the Sumac berries I snapped, what I found.

The Pollinator

Wordless Wednesday

Larch Cones Ants and Aphids

As I focused in on a branch of Larch Cones, I began to notice a lot of ant activity. I had  just walked by an ant mound an figured they had an interest in these trees. It wasn’t until I played with a 1:1 ratio (my way of gauging picture quality) crop that I realized the ants were milking black aphids. The Aphids looked like bark to me. So here you have my severely cropped macros and the Larch cones too. Just goes to show that when you stop and look awhile you never know what nature will reveal to you.

Macro Monarch

Perfect by design, so orderly, such fine lines, totally functional and beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge – From All Angles

My wife’s 1st grade class room yearly collects monarch caterpillars and successfully release them. Since she teaches rural Amish children there are usually quite a few. One boy found these Saddleback Moth caterpillars and brought them in. They only stung his mom twice he said. Now we we are caterpillar sitting over the weekend

This caterpillar belongs to the slug moth family. Its spiny hairs contain venom. Even the cocoon is potentially irritating. I did remove it from its jar for this photo shoot, but they are staying in the jar until release time comes..