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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Bugs

Wild and Woolly

Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar, Caterpillar, Orange, Black, Milkweed

This is one hungry, little dust-mop! Look at how much of that leaf it’s already consumed. It is a Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar.

When I took this picture, I didn’t notice the interesting, synchronized curl to those orange and white tufts of hair. It just looked like your run-of-the-mill fuzzy caterpillar. Enlarging the image, often reveals surprising aspects of the insect world.

By the way, the head is that shiny black part on the edge of the leaf, mostly covered by hair.  (He needs to trim his bangs.)

This was actually in a very difficult spot to photograph due to other vegetation being in the way. To try and get a better shot, I slowly, gently bent the leaf he was on. They must not have sticky feet because, at the slightest angel, it immediately slid off the leaf and into the dense weeds below…never to be seen again.

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Garden Cafe

Spider, Crab Spider, Flower, Yellow, Green
On a walk though the woods I came upon this crab spider enjoying his freshly caught lunch.

The crab spider will just sit still near the center of the flower, doing it’s best to blend in.  When an unsuspecting insect lands to gather pollen, the snatches it and lunch is served.

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Hummingbird Moth Caterpillar

Caterpillar, Humming Bird Moth, Green, Spike

This monster caterpillar was found decimating the primrose patch in our flowerbed. It is a Hummingbird Moth Caterpillar.

This bad boy, complete with dangerious looking spike on his tail, was about 4-inches long.

It took a bit of research online by my wife, Sara, to identify this particular species.  The hummingbird moth is a large moth that is often mistaken for hummingbirds because they are about the same size and flit from flower to flower like hummingbirds.

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Technicolor Throne

Skipper Moth, Moth, Purple Coneflower, Cone, Flower, Butterfly

This skipper moth was overlooking the splendor of his kingdom from the comfort of his technicolor throne, a purple cone flower.

This is a photo taken on our recent vacation. This image came from a flowerbed just outside the gift shop of the Topeka Zoo. While the rest of our party went to look through the shop, I stayed outside to snap more photos.

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Damsel in Distress

Spider, Moth, Butterfly

When I walk through the woods with my camera, I walk slowly. I’m being careful to observe all that is around me – eyes attuned to the slightest movement or color or pattern or light that might make an interesting  image. On such a walk, I noticed a small, white butterfly moving though the weeds along the path.  I decided to try a take a photo of it when it finally found a place to land.

I watched as it fluttered a bit from spot to spot. At one point it was fluttering under a large leaf. With my camera ready, I waited for it to emerge. Despite it’s continued fluttering, it wouldn’t come out in the open. Tired of waiting, I stooped down to get a better look and discovered why it wasn’t flying out into the open.

A spider had snatched it. It wasn’t caught in a web. This spider, hiding on the underside of this leaf, grabbed it as it fluttered by.

This is a close-up view of some tiny critters. Both of them together would not be much bigger than my thumbnail.

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Tiny Surprise

Danger lurks here!  When I took this photo on a walk through the woods, I saw only a nice collection of wild violets. It wasn’t until I viewed this image on my computer that I noticed the tiny crab spider hiding in the bloom on the left.

Crab spiders don’t make webs.  They hide, often in flowers, waiting for unsuspecting insects to be drawn by the flower’s nectar or pollen.

I’ve posted photos of crab spiders before – even with a short video of one trying grab lunch – that can be viewed HERE.

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Buzz By Here – To Infinity and Beyond!

Bumble, Bee, Flowers, Bokeh, Honey Bee, Bumble Bee, Flight

This portly bumble bee looks as though he’s heading off past the flowers, into infinity, intent on some important bee mission. No doubt, for his honey. (You’ve got to award style points for that perfect form.)

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Pick Your Poison

Wasp, Spider, Bugs, Insects, Together, Macro, Yellow Jacket

On a cool fall day, I uncovered my barbecue grill and found a large spider clinging to the grill cover.  The moment I spotted it, I ran into the house…to grab my camera, of course. As I was taking photos of the spider, a wasp buzzed into the shot. (An insect photo bomb!)

I took several shots of the pair before the winged one flew off. While together, they seemed to get along just fine; no signs of tension or animosity.

I’m not sure I’ve ever photographed a more unlikely pair…a more menacing pair…a more dangerous duo.

No insects, arachnids or photographers were injured or harmed in the production of this image.

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Blind Side Attack

Bees, Thistle, Purple, Bee, Insect, Battle,

While working over a purple thistle, this bumble bee was attacked from behind by another competitor. The skirmish was short and seemed pretty insignificant. After bouncing off the backside of the busy bee, the aggressor simply flew away.  I’m guessing, it flew off to look for someone more its own size to pick on.

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