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My first year doing a food forest so it's still the little things for me.  Anything that validates all the hard work is worth it.  I give you my first sighting of " the lion" of the bug world.   He actually turned his head when I took the shot.   Post some of your cool bug pics.
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Not strictly a bug, but multi-legged and winged...
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chip sanft wrote:Not strictly a bug, but multi-legged and winged...



Hey, that counts!  Beautiful.
 
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I believe this is an orchid bee, incredible iridescent green.  You can see what I think are loaded pollen sacs on the legs.  He was looking to get into one of my hives in Florida.  The bees in the hive ended up chasing him away.

Posting from my phone, doesn't seem to be a preview button, so will see if this works.
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A hoverfly and a spider.  Ooh and a leopard slug.  What are we counting as bugs?  I like these three because they are all garden helpers!
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Hester Winterbourne wrote:A hoverfly and a spider.  Ooh and a leopard slug.  What are we counting as bugs?  I like these three because they are all garden helpers!



Cool Pics!  Cool critters works!  That is one big slug.
 
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Kevin Derheimer wrote:I believe this is an orchid bee, incredible iridescent green.  You can see what I think are loaded pollen sacs on the legs.  He was looking to get into one of my hives in Florida.  The bees in the hive ended up chasing him away.

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I have never seen a bee like that!
 
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The most beautiful thing I ever held in my hand.
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A peacock butterfly;  I started seeing them more often after I planted my buddleia.


Found this dragonfly on my pumpkin vine a couple years ago;  never seen them in the garden before or since, though we often see them at the country park nearby.
 
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Well apparently I take a lot of bug pics. We love bugs.



Water Scorpion








Bee drinking sugarwater




 
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John Natoli wrote:Well apparently I take a lot of bug pics. We love bugs.



I love these pics, it took me a while to spot the mantis!  But I think your water scorpion is actually a water measurer.  I have met a water scorpion, they are sort of flat and leaf shaped.
 
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These are my summer bugs
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I have so many pollinator and bug photos, that they occupy a three-page thread. These are the most recent.

https://permies.com/t/16065/critters/Dale-Pollinator-photos-Add-describe
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Patricia Boley wrote:The most beautiful thing I ever held in my hand.



Wow, that is a beauty!
 
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Carrie Land wrote:These are my summer bugs



That moth looks alien, so cool.  I had a pretty cool spider in a web this last weekend.  He had really cool color but he was so small I couldn't get my Iphone to focus.  I also saw a spider on a hazelnut bush that was completely white.  Again too tiny.
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:I have so many pollinator and bug photos, that they occupy a three-page thread. These are the most recent.

https://permies.com/t/16065/critters/Dale-Pollinator-photos-Add-describe

So cool!  Are these all the same bee?  I've noticed that the bumblebees do a lot of the heavy lifting around here.  Honey bees are around but not as much, maybe I don't have enough in my garden yet.  I will check out your link.
 
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My herb spiral full of bugs



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Quite a lot of bugs
 
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Always plenty of bugs in my garden. So I went out of the door to do some snapshots of the first ones to appear. In the Malva flowers next to my front door I got two different ones! I hope you like them.

some kind of bumblebee

maybe this is a sort of wasp?
 
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Carrie Land wrote:These are my summer bugs



Carrie, I have three of those big garden spiders this year.  I love them.  I love them even more when they eat the wasps in and about my garage
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The tiniest tomato hornworm I have ever found.
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Does anyone know what this fly is?  I've seen a few of them this year, but never before.  In person the stripes are almost neon.


Couldn't focus very well with this one - molting caterpillar.


 
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In the UK they are called damselfly I think.  
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funny bugs in my garden!
 
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Walking stick
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spider webs all over these days!
 
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Cool grey spider found when I removed the side of a raised bed.
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My spearmint was covered in all kinds of pollinators.  
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Here's a cool looking lady bug!
 
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I forgot this thread ...
I have a picture of one of the beautiful insects that visit my garden

Maybe you call this a 'dragon fly', for me it is a libel(le).
 
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Man, I just love this thread. Every day I'm learning something new. Let me get my camera so I can get a shot of our bugs in the yard.
 
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this bug is HUGE! does anyone know him/her? I suspect they eat wood
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Looks like a typical bumblebee but this is one big bumble, the honeybee is tiny in comparison.
I first saw these large bumbles after moving to Spokane area. Last summer I was able to "pet" one.

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Honeybees seem to like wintercress/ yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris) I've seen them on other mustard plants in my garden, but I don't have any pictures of them from my garden.
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Here's a less appealing set of bug images.
The Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) have been particularly severe in my part of the midwestern United States this year. Only in the past week have they started to die down. I've already had to replace seven full bags in beetle traps this year.
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Last year, I found a luna moth catterpillar under an pin oak tree in Steubenville, Ohio. It seemed to have discoloration around its thorax. I hope it was okay and it survived as a moth long enough to mate and lay eggs. Saturniid moths have been declining in North America ever since the non-native tachnid fly Compsilura concinnata was introduced to control gypsy moths.
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Funny I was terrified of these things my whole life, because they can be like an inch and a half long, they can move around all twitchy like, and look at that giant stabby stinger!........ Turns out, this solitary wasp doesn't bite or sting people, and the scary looking lance is only for laying eggs in wood.  




Dragon fly was having some kind of spaz attack on the porch, so I picked it up and I set it on a Rhododendron leaf for a photo.




Apparently lady bugs like spelt (might just be a safe place to relax and not get eaten by birds.)   Like every other seed head had a lady bug on it.



Spidy Web + Winter Mist + Mushroom = Nature's crystal chandelier.  Granted water is the star of the shot, but the bug element is the foundation it hangs on.  





 
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Great pictures everyone! This thread encouraged me to look through my old photos and find these gems from our time in Okinawa.
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Good news for monarch butterflies. I found this caterpillar on one of my neighbor's butterfly weed plants.
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I was working on my new chicken coop today and this wasp flew onto the wire mesh I was installing and it was carrying a small locust. I was able to snap a quick picture before he flew off with his hostage. It amazed me he was able to carry something larger and likely heavier than he was. I don't know what he had in mind with this locust, but it couldn't have been good (for the locust that is).
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James Freyr wrote:I was working on my new chicken coop today and this wasp flew onto the wire mesh I was installing and it was carrying a small locust. I was able to snap a quick picture before he flew off with his hostage. It amazed me he was able to carry something larger and likely heavier than he was. I don't know what he had in mind with this locust, but it couldn't have been good (for the locust that is). [/quote

James,  

Can you imagine what it would be like if a wasp-like this was a foot long?  Bwahaha, I think we'd be living in a world ruled by insects.

 
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Does anybody have an idea what insect this is?
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