Archive for the ‘Sigma 105mm’ Category

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The Painted Lady prefers nectar from composites 3-6 feet high, especially thistles; also aster, cosmos, blazing star, ironweed, and joe-pye weed. Flowers from other families that are visited include red clover, buttonbush, privet, and milkweeds.






Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Zebra Swallowtail enjoying my new hanging basket …. Fairy Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula)


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Assassin Bug

Friday, September 4th, 2009


Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus

This silver-gray insect is the largest assassin bug.  The “Wheel Bug” gets its name from the structure on its thorax which resembles a gear or saw blade.  It has a

hinged Beak used to inject poisonous digestive fluids into its prey, which can immobilize it in seconds.
It is then used to extract the digested Insect or Caterpillar,
leaving only the empty skin of its victim as evidence of the event

Although assassin bugs  are not considered dangerous, most can bite, and should not be handled.

I was outside talking on the phone with Jan when I saw this  “assassin” on my old petunias.  They are truly one ugly bug!

Look at the larger size to see just how ugly he is 🙂

Scarlet and Green Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Size:  3/8"

Life Cycle Eggs are thrust into soft plant tissues in early spring.

Saliva injected into a plant by this leafhopper blocks plant tubes essential for the transport of sap, causing the plant to wither and drop leaves.

This beautiful leafhopper is a brilliant green to blue-green, with lengthwise bands of orange-red on wings



The image below is OOF but you can still see the bubble … so I named him “bubble butt” 


The Little Jumping Spider

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I cut three red rose buds yesterday and I though to myself …. wonder if I could get lucky and there would be a little jumper in one of them. I looked after I put them in the vase but didn’t see anything. Today they are all bloomed out and I was sitting in the chair next to them and noticed a tiny little white thing that seemed to be moving .. put on my glasses and still couldn’t tell what it was. Put the Macro lens on the camera and sure enough it was a wee little white jumper. He was so cute .. I always like to photograph little jumping spiders. When I got through taking the photos, I got him on the end of a toothpick and put him outside on one of the shrubs. Went out about 5 mins later to see if he was still there and he was “spinning the silk” :o)