April and Kevin in Kuna Yala, the northeast coast of Panamá

Saturday, July 19, 2008

More small wildlife photos

It has been a while since I did a bug blog...and Kevin will atest that I do love to photograph the fun and facinating bugs that we find around here. Here are some of the most recent. Yes, a photo is worth more than all the words that I could try, however I did add some words to help you see the signifigance where needed.

Kevin made us a Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches one day and was a little over generous with the jelly...and it dripped on the floor...out near the hammocks. A little while later each of the three (yes three!!) dripps had it´s own cleaning crew of leaf cutter ants working away. In the morming they were gone. Each ant is just over 1/4 inch long.

This little guy was cute and cool white and yellow coloring. You can tell how small he is in comparison to the weave of the fabric on my camera case. I had a hard time getting a serious shot of him because he kept reaching for and clinbing onto the lens.
This is a praying mantis that had cool leaf camaphage..camaphaouge?..or however that silly word is spelled. Note the finger for scale.
This is a grub that Kevin encountered when planing in our yard. For scale note that he is on the tip of our machete...which is at least 3" wide at the tip. If this were Austrailia the kids would have been telling us to eat it...first time I have been glad to not be in Austrailia.
This guy was just cool...he is the type of beetle that I was hoping to see by being in the tropics....one with a strange nose. This one is in here in honor of Kerrie Kovaleski at the Zoo cause he reminds me of a rhino. (someone please show her this photo).
This is just a butterfly that for some reason visited at night. I just wanted you to know that we have non-scary bugs too.

This one doesn´t need much help....other than to say that he is not the biggest that I have seen. These have pretty red and orange wings. They also tend to scare the sh*t out of me when they decide to be attracted to the candles at night and fly up while I am cooking.
This guy is only about a 1/2 big, but I really liked his orange and green colors...especially on my blue laundry soap bar. Some would say..."You have bugs on your soap!!!" and I just say "cool colors!! Get the camera!" Kevin is starting to promote the idea of a degree in entomology for grad school as a way of changing this interest into something useful rather than just strange.
This is not a great photo, but it is here beause one week these little orange beetles with long snouts showed up and they were everywhere...not in huge numbers...but enough to say to yourself "this is strange". Then, three weeks later, they were gone.
I see lots of cool beetles...this one is only 1/4 inch long.
Saved the best for last. This spider (who is about 2 1/2 inches long if you measure only the body...no legs) wandered across our floor one night. Tho ball under her is an eggcase. Very cool. But having her babies all in my house would not have been soo cool....so after her photo session she was escorted out.

Take care out there...and please don´t just kill bugs for no reason. No, being ugly is not a good reason.

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