Category Archives: Insects

Praying Mantis Egg Case

I spotted this Praying Mantis Egg Case on a tree limb while hiking in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I see lots of these and have always wanted to watch them hatch. I have one on a gate to my property that I plan on watching. Eggs are encased in a frothy material produced by the… Read More »

Walking Stick Insect On My Deck

Walking Stick Insects have been showing up on my deck starting in early fall. I see lots of these insects here in the Ouachita National Forest of Arkansas. Something I read is that Walking Stick Insect eggs resemble seeds scattered about the forest floor. I have swept tiny seed like things from my deck and now I am… Read More »

Horsefly On Rusty Metal

I photographed this Horsefly while in was on an old rusty mailbox here in Arkansas (9-13-2016). Adult horseflies feed on nectar. The males have weak mouth parts and only the females bite animals to get enough blood protein to produce eggs. The female mouth sections are shaped into a sturdy stabbing organ with two pairs of sharp cutting… Read More »

Face to Face With Dragonfly

I photograph lots of Dragonflies during the summer here in Arkansas. I try to get different angles so that you can see up close how these insects look. Many dragonflies are territorial, especially males. Some protect a territory against others of their own species, some against other species of dragonfly and a few against other types of insects.… Read More »

Dung Beetle Rolling Poop

My photo of a Dung Beetle rolling poop may gross you out but they play an important role. They enhance nutrient recycling and soil structure when burying and consuming dung. They are also good for dispersing seeds that are sometimes present in animal poop. After making a ball out of the poop they will roll it in a… Read More »