Wee Ones and More

Mining Bee

I am behind in my blogging, partly since my back’s been giving me trouble. I have however been out taking macro pictures of various insects.

My first observation is a worrisome one, in many locations it is the lack of bees and other pollinators. Sites where there has been in the past a goodly number of bees. It makes me wonder if these areas were utilizing insecticides. If you fall the news, you can see that the numbers of these are decreasing and the less these there are, the harder it is for plants to get pollinated. I did a Google search and found a massive list of the different insecticides that are being utilized. For us as individuals who work outside or tramp through woods and fields the use of naturally occurring repellents on ourselves and cloths is the way to go.

Also, as I have been going through multiple areas; the other observation that I have had is at least where I have visited has been the lack of butterflies. In fact, it wasn’t until yesterday that I saw cabbage whites flitting around. We also had spicebush butterfly hanging around and following us on the trail. I also located my first skipper of the year, a European skipper.

Spicebush butterfly

I missed out on a great image, I was trying to capture a bumblebee in flight, and when I viewed the picture on my computer, there was a crab spider feeding on a lacewing.

Missed picture
The missed picture

Other insects included dragonflies and damselflies, giant mayfly, along with a long jaw orb weaver.

Long-jaw orb Weaver
Giant Mayfly
Calico Pendant
Calico Pendant
European skipper
Stream Bluet
Lyre -tipped Spread Wing
Variables Dancer
Skimmer

Since I have been home, I have also started to reprocess my images from the Chobe. They are available for sale on my site Free Art America https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/myer-bornstein.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=795425