Every once in a while I find an interesting bug. I guess technically I wouldn't call a dragonfly a "bug" - but you know what I mean. Any kind of a creepy-crawlie, flying or otherwise, I'll put in that category. But I have to admit that I no longer have an eye that sees those kinds of things. I blame it on global warming, but I think it has more to do with a) bad eyesight, b) age, or c) lack of interest. I don't think the bugs have gone anywhere; I'm just not seeing them because I'm not looking for them.
I did, however, find and photograph the dragonfly. Once I also found and photographed an interesting fly that was using my plumbago plant, but that photo is buried somewhere on my hard drive and I cannot find it for love nor money.
I have a cousin in North Carolina who has a scientific mind and a scientific eye, and she is always sending me interesting pictures of bugs -- sometimes to help her identify them and other times just because they are so darn peculiar or strange.
Here's a few of her photos:
These are wood lice. There were hundreds of these bugs in the picture she sent; I cropped it to be able to see their markings better. But are these not the most amazing bugs you've ever seen?
I think this is one of the most interesting photo of bugs she's sent me. They are newly-born praying mantises. She said they didn't stay long....just long enough for her to grab her camera and snap!
I don't take pictures of bugs because I don't see them. However, many years ago when we lived in Orange County we went to a Halloween Costume Party at a local veterinarian's office and I did see this bug, which I do believe fits in this category. It is a cute but not particularly happy bug. Enjoy.