Saturday, September 03, 2022

Saturday Critters: Today's Insects

Meadowhawk (Genus Sympetrum)

After four days of school, I am so tired! I have not visited a blog since Thursday night. Lucy insisted we go out and do a bug hunt this morning, so we did. I'm glad, because I got two good shots and some fun shots. We have three days off now, so today is rest, tomorrow is housework, and Monday is cooking and baking. Of course, blog visits are included. Oh, and lesson planning, too. 

Tricolored Bumble Bee (Bombus ternarius)

I did explain to Lucy that because of the cold nights now (in the forties), we won't see any bugs until at least 60°F (15°C), and hopefully more. It did hit 68°F today, and I was glad the insects were visiting the New England asters with their beautiful purple blossoms. 

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

The flies seemed to especially like the asters. And while some of them may seem "ugly," they are all pollinators.

Unidentified fly with pollen all over it

Eastern Calligrapher (Toxomerus geminatus)

Tiger Fly (Genus Coenosia)
I think.

I hope all of you are having a marvelous end-of-summer weekend, and I pray the heat breaks for those of you suffering with it.

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)
Still buzz pollinating!

More critters



  1. The insects actually look better up close - except for the flies☺ Happy Sunday!

  2. Lucy had the right idea, go outside. Beautiful collection of insects and photos. I love the dragonfly and the ladybug. Thank your for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and happy new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  3. Love the photos. such good shots. We see too many of the Asian Lady beetle and not enough of our native one. It is good to see such a beautiful one at your area.

  4. beautiful coseups of your insects :)

  5. They are fascinating, as long as they stay outside (only spiders are allowed indoors, as arachnids catch the nasty bugs).

  6. Great macro closeups of these beautiful insects. The ladybug is my favorite.

  7. Great pictures. It behooves all of us to pay more attention to insects. If more people would get to know them, the level of respect and appreciation for what they do would increase exponentially.

  8. Andrea you have a lovely blog here and all your posts are just awwww :) <3


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