Friday, July 22, 2011

Bugs

Three tiny ants on a flower form a face.  ( Click image to enlarge if necessary.)

Ants on Yellow Bells flower (Tecoma stans)


Sweat Bee


Milkweed Bug nymph


Giant Mesquite Bug nymph


Giant Mesquite Bug adult


Bark Scorpion


Comparing this picture of neighbor kitty chasing a bug with the picture above it, doesn't he look like a scorpion?

25 comments:

Clytie said...

I had to giggle at the "scorpion kitty" - too cute!!! I also like your yellow flower face - it looks like a the flower face is tired and trying to sleep!

And did you notice that the milkweed bug nymph and the giant mesquite bug nymph both have hearts on their backs?

What wonderful critters today!!!

angryparsnip said...

Love the neighbors scorpion kitty !
You are so clever.

Of all the wild thing we have in Arizona bugs are the ones I am not crazy about.
I like it best when the birds come and eat them.

Scorpions are the worst and since I live in the foothills we have a few too many.

I can't believe your neighbor can let the kitty out.
She/he wouldn't last long outside were I live. I have coyotes, a bobcat and several hawks that come by my home plus the javelinas. Just a few streets over there were some Mountain Lions.
I have to watch or keep a listen when I let Watson and Hamish out in their small yard.

cheers, parsnip

Allison said...

A VERY fascinating and colorful post but I must confess that those bugs are a main reason why I no longer live in the southwest. ;)

Amin said...

Very beautiful post!It looks like!

LauraX said...

;-)

Loree said...

Scorpion kitty :) Those bugs are quite beautiful. I have never seen any of them except the scorpion.

Magpie said...

Ouch! A sting from Scorpion Kitty would really hurt. :) How do you find out the names of all those bugs. Great macro shots. Love that sweat bees green head.

Icy BC said...

Those bugs are interesting looking, but the last one sure is a copycat of scorpion :-)

Stephanie said...

I am attracted to the Giant Mesquite Bug nymph. Cool bug - nice colour and pattern!

shirley said...

The designs on those bugs could be the basis of some interesting embroidery.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, My oldest son used to LOVE bugs... He would bring home all kinds of bugs... Well--I'm definitely not a bug person --and they make me chill, even seeing their pictures...

Great pictures though.
Hugs,
Betsy

Julie said...

LOL...scorpiocat! Love that. hehehehe.

betchai said...

wow, interesting critter shots, love all of them. the kitty is cute and so is the yellow bell

cieldequimper said...

Oooh I'm not sure I like the scorpion but this is a wonderful set of photos and the last one is so funny!

Thérèse said...

It is so interesting to look at all the patterns in your pictures.
Such great picks and easy to study and I'll try to keep in mind the names + likes or dislikes :-))

Lindy MacDuff said...

Those are impressive images of the insects. I think the neighborhood kitty must be an understudy of the neighborhood scorpions! =)

Nat said...

Wow, these are fantastic! Love all the little details, like the designs on the beetles and the cat snap :-)

Nefertiti said...

j adore le chat ;O)

Gaelyn said...

What a wonderful collection of bugs, so colorful. Plus, who could resist the kitty/scorpion.

Splendid Little Stars said...

LOL! scorpion kitty!
What cool bugs! patterns and colors!

Lisa said...

I love that beautiful cat!

Lisa from video-guitar-lessons-personal-teacher

tracy said...

He does look like a super scorpion. You got way closer to the real thing than I would even dare.

Pete said...

love the bugs

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

love the scorpion kitty!

fantastic close-ups, as usual!

hugs
betty xx

Martha Z said...

I'm impressed at your ability to identify the bugs, to me they are just bugs.