From the exotic, far-away lands of a backyard in eastern Oregon, a small jumping spider with a red, white, and blue face roams wild and free. Behold, the adult male Habronattus americanus!
When shooting handheld macro photos, especially of live animals, I’m either sort of lucky or very lucky to get a correctly focused image on the first try, so I usually take several shots to hopefully get one in focus. That means I occasionally end up with two or more similar images. This week, I used similar spider images to make some simple GIFs.
An ambush bug waited patiently among stonecrop flowers to finally catch a honey bee meal.
I have just two pictures to share this week – a green praying mantis hanging out on our cucumber plants.
It seems slightly strange that a caterpillar is a rare sight when there are so many other critters in the backyard, but this green caterpillar was the first large caterpillar I’ve seen in the past several years.
Butterflies have been relatively scarce in the backyard this year, so it was exciting to find one butterfly (Speyeria species) that was willing to hang around for some macro photographs of its face and scaly wings.
If you were feeling sorry for the bees ambushed by ambush bugs a few weeks ago, you can now feel sorry for the ambush bugs – a western spotted orb weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) has arrived in the garden.
A few weeks ago, I found some stink bugs that had recently hatched one of our tomato plants.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! No, it’s a bee fly!
You’ve been warned, but for suspense, let’s pretend to be an insect looking for nectar.