196: Sundew ⠀⠀ The last thing many an insect will ever see as it goes in to land. This little carnivorous plant is a rather voracious eater of insects. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #sundew #carnivorousplant 6 hours ago by @bug_lover
195: Green Cloverworm ⠀⠀ Another moth, to help get you pumped for National Moth Week! This one is a green cloverworm. Their caterpillars feed on clover, among other things. Subtly beautiful! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #greencloverworm #nationalmothweek #nationalmothweek2019 1 day ago by @bug_lover
194: Throwback ⠀⠀ Eastern carpenter bee, sipping redbud nectar in spring. This tree supports some of the earliest pollinators each spring!——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #pollinator #redbud #easterncarpenterbee #nativebee #carpenterbee 1 day ago by @bug_lover
193: Large Lace Border ⠀⠀ Did you all know that National Moth Week starts THIS SATURDAY?! To celebrate, try leaving your porch light on sometime July 20-28 and check it as late as you’re able to stay awake. You may see some awesome things! Take it one step further by snapping photos of the things you see and sharing them to a citizen science project. And I’d love to see what comes to your lights, moth or otherwise! Feel free to tag me @bug_lover any time next week in #porchlightbugs photos so I can share in the joy of your nighttime entomological adventures! Use the hashtag #nationalmothweek2019 to share your moth photos from this year with the event coordinators and other Moth Week fanatics. ⠀⠀ I’ll post moth photos every day of National Moth Week, so please join me if you’d like! ⠀⠀ Some resources I love: ⠀⠀ For identifying moths: free app, Leps by Field Guide. It’s awesome, y’all! ⠀⠀ For sharing moth photos with scientists: iNaturalist app, or inaturalist.org if you like to photograph things with a real camera. You can also use iNat to ID your moths. ⠀⠀ Field guides: in the eastern US, check out Seabrooke Leckie’s awesome Peterson Field Guides for northeastern and southeastern moths. WELL worth the price! ⠀⠀ Let’s see some awesome, beautiful moths next week, everyone! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #nationalmothweek #nationalmothweek2019 2 days ago by @bug_lover
192: Common Whitetail ⠀⠀ I’m at a dragonfly conference this week, where I’ll talk about my research project that gets kids involved in studying this species of dragonfly in North Carolina. My talk is the last day, but that means I’ll get to hear a ton of other great info about dragonflies before I go on myself. So excited to be around other dragonfly nerds this week! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #commonwhitetail 3 days ago by @bug_lover
191: Pearl Crescent ⠀⠀ This butterfly species is super common in my area, but the colors are so beautiful it’s impossible not to love them anyway! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #pearlcrescent 4 days ago by @bug_lover
187: Obelisking ⠀⠀ Who has seen a dragonfly perched like this before? If you have, you’ve seen a dragonfly in the obelisk position. Obelisking is a form of behavioral thermoregulation, that is a way that they can control their body temperature through their behavior. Dragonflies reduce the surface area that sun hits on their bodies by pointing their abdomen directly at the sun. Less sun hitting the exoskeleton means less heat absorbed and helps prevent their bodies from getting any warmer. ⠀⠀ Now that said, a dragonfly - any insect really - can only get so hot. If obelisking isn’t enough to slow their body heating, they eventually have to move into the shade. For many males like this one, that often means giving up their territory in order to cool down. That’s not something they like to do unless they really have to, but sometimes it’s a matter of life or death. Better to live to attempt to reclaim your territory than die in an effort to protect it as long as possible! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 1 week ago by @bug_lover
186: Silver-spotted Skipper ⠀⠀ Silver-spotted skippers tend to prefer purple flowers in my area and like to hang downward from flowers as they sip nectar. This one is displaying rather typical behavior. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #skipper #silverspottedskipper 1 week ago by @bug_lover
184: Sweat Bee ⠀⠀ Sweat bees belong to the bee family Halictidae and are notorious for their attraction to sweaty skin. There are many species of them and they are important pollinators for a variety of species of flowers. This little sweat bee is taking advantage of the nectar produced by this flower. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #nativebee #sweatbee #pollinator 1 week ago by @bug_lover
“The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.” -Bob Marley —— #Igers_NWOhio #TheOhioCollective_Away #Gallery_Of_Dark_Arts #IgersUSA #Way2Ill #FatalFrames #IllGrammers #IG_MyShots #HouseOfTones #Nautical_Images #FollowMeByTheSea #Raw_Moody #Raw_BNW #Raw_Beaches #Raw_OceanLife #NCOutdoor_Inc #NCOutdoors #VisitNC #NCCaptures #NCOutdoorCulture #WeLoveNC #NorthCarolina_Igers #NatureNC #ExploreCarolina #NaturalNC #MyWBAdventure #ExploreILM 1 week ago by @naturallyso
183: Sorghum Webworm ⠀⠀ This is a great little moth! I love the little tufts of scales - like moth bedhead. These feed on sorghum as caterpillars, as their common name suggests. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #porchlightbugs #sorghumwebworm 1 week ago by @bug_lover
182: Blue Dasher ⠀⠀ This is a very common dragonfly in many parts of the US. It’s small, but still a fantastic predator and eats a lot of other insects. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonfly #bluedasher 1 week ago by @bug_lover
180: Southern Carpenter Bee on Thistle ⠀⠀ This is an invasive thistle species in my area, but boy do bees love it! This one attracted the first southern carpenter bee I’ve ever seen. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #bee #nativebee #southerncarpenterbee #thistle 1 week ago by @bug_lover
179: Giant Water Bug ⠀⠀ Giant water bugs are one of the only animals in the world where the father cares for the young without any help from the mother. This is a male with a big group of eggs he fathered that are just about to hatch from his back. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #giantwaterbug #insectparentalcare #paternalparentalcare #backbrooding 1 week ago by @bug_lover
178: Spicebush Swallowtail ⠀⠀ This is a huge butterfly that feeds on spicebush as caterpillars. They will nectar on a wide range of flowers as adults. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #chapelhill #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #spicebushswallowtail 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
176: Bumblebee on Stokes Aster ⠀⠀ Stokes aster is a great addition to a pollinator garden! It attracts a lot of bees, butterflies, and beetles, and it’s hard to beat those huge lavender blooms! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #bugloverbugs2019 #pollinator #nativebee #stokesaster #bumblebee #nativeplant 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
174: Eastern Pondhawk ⠀⠀ These dragonflies change colors as they age as they grow a waxy coating (called pruinescence) that transforms them from green, black, and white to blue. This sort of thing makes dragonflies complicated to ID! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #easternpondhawk 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
173: Scarab ⠀⠀ The scarabs are a huge beetle family of robust beetles that tend to have this shape. The scarabs include the May and June beetles and the dung beetles, among others. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #beetle #porchlightbugs #scarab 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
172: Giant Water Bug Nymph ⠀⠀ Many insects are pale when they first emerge from eggs (like this giant water bug) or molt, then darken as they harden their exoskeletons. This giant water bug is fresh out of the egg, thus the pale yellow color, but they start to turn dark brown within a few minutes of hatching. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #aquaticinsects #giantwaterbug #nymph 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
171: Orange-striped Oakworm Spotted this gorgeous moth on the outer wall of my office this morning! The caterpillars are likely out decimating the live oak a little ways down the trail, but these adults (like most silk moths) are non-feeding and have very short adult lives. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #orangestripedoakworm #oakworm 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
170: Crayfish ⠀⠀ Crustaceans share a lot of characteristics with insects, including an exoskeleton and jointed body segments. They have more pairs of legs, but they also have double the antennae of insects. You can see the antennae in this photo. ——— #crustacean #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #crayfish 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
169: American Lady ⠀⠀ Just an American lady sitting on a marigold, sipping nectar. Honestly, I just like the colors! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #yatesmill #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #americanlady 2 weeks ago by @bug_lover
•Someone take me back to NC, I just wanna escape the Florida heat & hike all the mountains 😫⛰• • • • 📍Yellow Mountain Trail, NC🇺🇸 3 weeks ago by @photographybysaramichele
165: Female eastern pondhawks blend into the grassy areas they favor so well! It’s hard to find one unless you startle it and see where it lands. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #easternpondhawk 1 month ago by @bug_lover
164: Tiger Moth ⠀⠀ A lot of tiger moths are rather blandly colored on the top, but have crazy colorful hindwings! Many tiger moths that look like this have flaming pink on the upper surface of the hindwing. You’d never know it to see one sitting like this! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #bugloverbugs2019 #porchlightbugs #moth 1 month ago by @bug_lover
163: Ovipositon Ovipositon. Verb. To lay an egg or eggs, especially in insects. This spreadwing damselfly was ovipositing in the plant, jabbing it’s ovipositor (= egg laying structure) in, laying an egg, then moving down the stem repeating this over and over. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #damselfly #spreadwing #ovipostion #egglaying 1 month ago by @bug_lover
162: Predation ⠀⠀ This is a water scorpion (which is an insect and not a scorpion!) feeding on a water scavenger beetle it captured with its front legs. You can see the mouthpart looking a bit bunched up around the tip as the sharp bit that delivers the digestive chemicals into its prey was buried in a space between two hard plates on the beetle’s back. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #aquaticinsects #waterscorpion #waterscavengerbeetle #predatoryinsect #dinnertime 1 month ago by @bug_lover
I love hiking anywhere & everywhere but you don’t get to see views like this back in FL. • • • 📍Yellow Mountain Trail, North Carolina⛰ 1 month ago by @photographybysaramichele
161: Monarch on Milkweed ⠀⠀ Don’t have much to say about this photo other than a) milkweed flowers (any type!) are gorgeous and b) they attract a lot of pollinators. The monarch steals the show here, but there are two other species lurking in the background. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #ig_butterfly #butterfly #monarch #pollinators #butterflymilkweed 1 month ago by @bug_lover
me: *hikes 3.7 miles to a waterfall & takes some decent shots* also me: *pulls over on side of the road on the way back & takes this shot that is 10 times better than any of the others* 🤷🏻‍♀️📷 #naturalnorthcarolina #visitnc #onlyinnorthcarolina #ncoutdoors #discover_carolinas #northcarolina_igers #raw_allnature #raw_hikes #raw_usa #raw_seasons #wildflowers #cullowheenc #cullowhee #northcarolina #sunset #raw_flowers #blueridgemountains #girlswhohike #carolinacollectives #raw_country 1 month ago by @photographybysaramichele
160: Giant Water Bug ⠀⠀ This photo shows off three different parts that make giant water bugs formidable hunters. First, those big eyes! Water bugs need to see movement to know something is food, so big eyes help them detect prey. Those big, beefy forearms are what they use to reach out and grab prey when their eyes see something, then either hold it in place as it starts to eat or hold on as it subdues a large prey item. Then there’s the long mouthpart tucked away under its head. They probe their prey for a soft spot, then jab a needle-like mouthpart (covered by the thick sheath you can see here) into the prey and inject chemicals. These chemicals both paralyze the prey and break down the tissues so the bug can suck them up through that mouthpart like a straw. These are some of my favorite insects because I worked on them for so long as a researcher - I really love them! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #aquaticinsects #truebug #giantwaterbug #predatoryinsect #predator 1 month ago by @bug_lover
•Don’t you just love it when you are on a hike & find the perfect old weathered fence to photograph?• #naturalnorthcarolina #visitnc #onlyinnorthcarolina #ncoutdoors #discover_carolinas #northcarolina_igers #raw_allnature #raw_hikes #raw_usa #raw_seasons #cullowhee #cullowheenc #jacksoncounty #jacksoncountync #girlswhohike #northcarolina 1 month ago by @photographybysaramichele
158: Mayfly ⠀⠀ Saw a mayfly at a porchlight in western NC tonight! When I came back in, I opened my map app to look for the river. Yep, one just down the hill. Always love seeing these guys! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #etowah #bugloverbugs2019 #porchlightbugs #aquaticinsects #mayfly 1 month ago by @bug_lover
156: Monarch ⠀⠀ Been seeing a lot of these recently - eggs, caterpillars, and adults. Read an interesting article today that hypothesized that humans have changed the natural progression of monarchs when we first came over to North America and started clearing eastern forests and prairies for farmland. The article suggested that opening things up (whether done by Native Americans or European colonists) favored milkweed growth along the edges where it grows best, and may have allowed monarch numbers to get bigger than they ever would have on their own. Without this clearing and expansion of milkweed habitat, monarchs would have subsisted solely on the few milkweeds that could grow in sunny patches in forests. An interesting idea! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #monarch #ig_butterfly 1 month ago by @bug_lover
154: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ⠀⠀ Female eastern tiger swallowtails come in yellow (most common) and black like the one pictured here. Only a small percentage of females exhibit the dark color pattern, but apparently that percentage is higher in the southeast than other parts of their range. This beauty was my first of the year, spotted as she was sipping milkweed nectar a few days ago, but I’ll see more. I come across a lot of these! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #swallowtail #tigerswallowtail #easterntigerswallowtail 1 month ago by @bug_lover
152: Rosy Maple Moth ⠀⠀ Saw my first of the year rosy maple moth at an evening event at work last night! Love these colorful little guys. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #rosymaplemoth #porchlightbugs 1 month ago by @bug_lover
151: Virginia Creeper Sphinx ⠀⠀ I love these moths! They’re fairly common in my area, but I don’t see them often. This one was hanging out on the wall of the building next door at work in the middle of the day - super convenient! Their caterpillars feed on Virginia creeper, thus the common name, but are also known to feed on grapes. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #sphinxmoth #virginiacreepersphinxmoth 1 month ago by @bug_lover
Building something from nothing with nothing is very difficult. I have been blessed with friends and family who have reached out to help. Not where DogJarvous needs to be yet but with all your help we can be something NC can be proud of. Thank you! You know who you are. 1 month ago by @dogjarvous
149: Blue Dashers ⠀⠀ One of the things that makes dragonfly ID hard is that in a lot of species, the males and females look quite different. Case in point: blue dashers, seen here. The male is on the left, the female on the right, captured in the same location (held without hurting them and then released very quickly) on the same day. The males actually start out their adult lives looking a lot like the females, with their abdomens sporting that same black and yellow pattern. But then they grow a waxy coating that turns them blue after a few days, making it very easy to tell mature male and female blue dashers apart at a glance. Also, the eyes are different colors depending on the sex. ⠀⠀ Tomorrow, I’ll post a photo showing the foolproof way to tell males and females apart! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #bluedasher 1 month ago by @bug_lover
Since I moved back to North Carolina, I’ve realized that there’s a lot of the state that I’ve never experienced. Hanging Rock State Park and Hidden Falls were well worth the 2 1/2 hour trip on Monday. . . . #ncstateparks #visitnc #northcarolina #discover_carolinas #celebratingnc #northcarolina_igers #ncoutdoors #ncweekend #waterfallwednesday #waterfallsfordays #raw_longexposure #raw_hidden_talent #raw_waters #raw_allnature #raw_usa #raw_hikes #raw_mod #raw_community #raw_hidden_lewater #teammate_raw_hidden_lewater #knowtheway #longexpo_addiction #longexposure_shots #landscape_capture #hey_ihadtosnapthat #onceupon_the_earth #nikonglobal #nikon #nikond7100 #nikonphotography 1 month ago by @jdashton11
147: Silver-spotted Skipper ⠀⠀ This skipper, unlike many, is easy to ID! Fairly large, 2-3” wingspan? Check! Big silvery-white patch on the hind wings? Check! Translucent yellow-gold patches on the forewings? Check! Looks kinda like a moth? Check! Silver-spotted skipper! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #skipper #silverspottedskipper 1 month ago by @bug_lover
146: Painted Skimmer ⠀⠀ These aren’t exactly rare, but there’s a narrow window in which you’ll find them in my area, so I’m always excited to find one! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #paintedskimmer 1 month ago by @bug_lover
145: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ⠀⠀ This is both the state butterfly and the largest butterfly species in North Carolina. Glad our butterfly is native since our state insect (the honey bee) is not! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #easterntigerswallowtail #ncstatebutterfly #ig_butterfly #swallowtail 1 month ago by @bug_lover
143: American Lady ⠀⠀ Just saw my first of the year a few days ago! You’ll find these nectaring on a variety of plants, but their caterpillars are found on a small range of sunflower species, including everlasting, cudweed, and pussytoes. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #americanlady 1 month ago by @bug_lover
142: Dragonfly Nymph ⠀⠀ The dragonfly I posted last night is an adult, but dragonflies spend their formative years, indeed the bulk of their lives, like this! Dragonfly immatures (often called nymphs, niads, and sometimes larvae) are aquatic and live in all sorts of fresh and brackish waters. They have a crazy cool mouthpart that reaches out to grab prey and hold it while the other mouthparts chew it up. In skimmers (like last night’s Halloween pennant and this nymph), the mouthpart wraps around the bottom and front of the face. See that zipper looking bit in front of its face? That’s the mouthpart! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #dragonflynymph #ig_dragonflies #aquaticinsects 1 month ago by @bug_lover
141: Halloween Pennant ⠀⠀ Halloween pennants are such gorgeous dragonflies! I love the way they perch on the tops of sturdy grasses and twigs and sway in the wind. They’re looking out for prey insects from these perches, but they look so great doing it! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #halloweenpennant #ig_dragonflies 1 month ago by @bug_lover
Sometimes, I get so caught up with trying to improve on my DSLR that I forget I have a pretty good camera in my pocket, too. This was taken from almost the same spot as the one I posted this morning, but I shot it using the live feature on my iPhone. . . . #ncstateparks #enoriver #visitnc #northcarolina #discover_carolinas #celebratingnc #northcarolina_igers #ncoutdoors #discoverdurham #bestofthebull #raw_spring2 #raw_mobile #raw_hidden_talent #raw_waters #raw_allnature #raw_usa #raw_hikes #raw_mod #raw_bestofmay19 #knowtheway #hey_ihadtosnapthat #igers_southeast #onceupon_the_earth #ig_planet_earth #iphonexr #iphonephotography #shotoniphone 1 month ago by @jdashton11
Finally got back out with the camera over the weekend and took a hike along the Eno River. . . . #ncstateparks #enoriver #visitnc #northcarolina #discover_carolinas #celebratingnc #northcarolina_igers #ncoutdoors #discoverdurham #bestofthebull #raw_spring2 #raw_longexposure #raw_hidden_talent #raw_waters #raw_allnature #raw_usa #raw_hikes #raw_mod #raw_bestofmay19 #knowtheway #longexpo_addiction #longexposure_shots #hey_ihadtosnapthat #igers_southeast #onceupon_the_earth #ig_planet_earth #nikonglobal #nikon #nikond7100 #nikonphotography 1 month ago by @jdashton11
140: Caddisfly Net ⠀⠀ Caddisflies are well-known for carrying cases of rocks, plants, snail shells, or other found objects they construct in their watery habitats. However, a few families of caddisflies don’t carry cases. One family, the Hydropsychidae, build little underwater nets. Food flows into these nets, where the caddisflies gather and consume it. The nets also help prevent the caddisflies from getting swept downstream. Food AND shelter, all from a little net! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #caddisfly #aquaticinsects 1 month ago by @bug_lover
139: Red-bordered Emerald ⠀⠀ The emeralds are such a subtly lovely group of moths! They’re small and pale enough that you generally have to get close to see the color. This particular species feeds on oaks, particularly red oak, as caterpillars. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #emeraldmoth #emeralds #porchlightbugs 1 month ago by @bug_lover
138: Great Golden Digger Wasp ⠀⠀ I think these wasps are gorgeous! They’re huge and impressive, but not aggressive or inclined to sting. It’s a parasitic wasp, stinging its grasshopper and cricket prey, burying what they catch, and laying eggs on it to provide their young fresh meat. Can’t wait to see my first this year! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #wasp #parasiticwasp #greatgoldendiggerwasp 1 month ago by @bug_lover
137: Hatching ⠀⠀ Giant water bugs are one of the only types of insects in the world where the father cares for the young entirely without the help of the mom. If successful, you’ll see the tops of the eggs pop open and a yellowish nymph squeeze out of most - sometimes even all! - of the eggs. This clutch of eggs is almost finished with a very successful hatch and only has a few more eggs to go! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #giantwaterbug #insectparentalcare #insectpaternalcare 1 month ago by @bug_lover
135: Bees and Blooms ⠀⠀ There are certain trees in my area that attract a lot of bees when they bloom. American hollies are my favorite because there is a wide variety of species out by the time they bloom and they attract so many different things, but I suspect that redbuds are really important for early season bees. This is one of the first nectar sources in the spring along with deadnettle, clover, and dandelions, so you can often see a LOT of bees around a blooming tree on warm days. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #redbud #spring #pollinators #bees #nativebees 2 months ago by @bug_lover
134: Underwing ⠀⠀ Many butterflies are really drab on the underside of their wings while quite colorful on top. The blues are almost all like this, as is this common buckeye. This butterfly is so bright and colorful on top, yet pretty bland on the underwing. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #commonbuckeye 2 months ago by @bug_lover
132: Blue Dasher Obelisking ⠀⠀ This position helps dragonflies cool down when they’re getting too hot in the sun. Since insects are exothermic (about the same temperature as the air), many exhibit behaviors that help them warm or cool themselves. This position points the abdomen directly at the sun so there’s as little sun hitting the body as possible. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #bluedasher #obelisking 2 months ago by @bug_lover
130: Common Buckeye ⠀⠀ This buckeye looks like it might have had a run-in with a bird or something else and lost a chunk of wing. Still a beautiful butterfly though! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 2 months ago by @bug_lover
129: Mantid Egg Case ⠀⠀ Does anyone else think these Chinese mantid egg cases look kinda like stale chicken nuggets skewered with sticks? Lots of little mantids developing in this chicken nugget! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #mantid #eggcase #ootheca #chinesemantid #wildchickennuggets 2 months ago by @bug_lover
128: Monarch ⠀⠀ The classic! They’re flying north through North Carolina right now, but the milkweed’s coming up and I’m seeing a lot of eggs and caterpillars lately. Always good when the adults show up when there’s a good crop of new milkweed plants ready for their caterpillars! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #monarch #ig_butterfly 2 months ago by @bug_lover
127: Slaty Skimmer ⠀⠀ I haven’t seen any of these yet this year, but I’m excited to see them soon! Slaty skimmers are one of my favorite species of dragonfly. How can you not adore that deep, deep blue? So beautiful, AND (like most dragonflies) they eat mosquitoes and other insects. Free pest control in a gorgeous package! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #slatyskimmer 2 months ago by @bug_lover
126: Long Necked Ground Beetle ⠀⠀ This is an awesome little beetle that comes to my lights at night sometimes! They spend a lot of their time running around in leaf litter looking for tasty insects to munch on. Wild looking little predators! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #bugloverbugs2019 #porchlightbugs #beetle #groundbeetle #predatoryinsect #longneckedgroundbeetle 2 months ago by @bug_lover
125: Swamp Darner ⠀⠀ I’ve been wanting to see one of these ever since I moved into their range, but had never come across one. Last weekend, during the City Nature Challenge, I saw two! Different locations far apart, so definitely two individuals. Many other people I know in the area have been posting photos of them lately too. Apparently it’s a good year for swamp darners! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #citynaturechallenge2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #swampdarner 2 months ago by @bug_lover
124: Azure ⠀⠀ I love the little butterflies called blues! Many are gorgeous iridescent blues on top, but when they fold their wings up they are drab greys or tans. Makes them very hard to spot once they stop moving, so I’d assume this helps them avoid predators. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #blue #butterfly #ig_butterfly #azure 2 months ago by @bug_lover
123: Midge Emergence ⠀⠀ Some insect species mass emerge, all the adults making an appearance at once. When your adult stage is really short, you can’t waste time looking for mates. Better to all turn into adults at the same time so you can easily find a mate and get down to business! ______ #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #columbia #bugloverbugs2019 #midge #fly #nonbitingmidge #massemergence 2 months ago by @bug_lover
122: Soon ⠀⠀ The common milkweed has just started coming up recently, so it will be three or four more weeks before we get flowers, but the blooms are always a great place to look for bugs! So, so many species like to take advantage of this plant in a variety of ways. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #milkweed #bloom #commonmilkweed #bumblebee #soldierbeetle 2 months ago by @bug_lover
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” -Soren Kierkegaard —— #NCOutdoor_Inc #NCOutdoors #VisitNC #NCCaptures #NCOutdoorCulture #WeLoveNC #NorthCarolina_Igers #NatureNC #ExploreCarolina #NaturalNC #MyWBAdventure #ExploreILM #IgersUSA #IG_BeautifulAmerica #IG_Captured #ShotSoFresh #FemaleShutterBugs #GoAndCaptureTheLight #FollowMeByTheSea #Raw_Skies #Raw_Colors #Raw_Silhouette #Raw_OceanLife #Rebel_Sky #Sunrise_And_Sunsets #Amazingly_Sunsets 2 months ago by @naturallyso
121: Mantid ⠀⠀ There are three mantid species in my area. Chinese mantids like this one are the most common, but they’re not native to North Carolina, as the name suggests. Because people of European descent have lived in this state a very long time (by North American standards at least), a LOT of species are named after our state, including our second mantid, the Carolina mantid. Our third mantid is an awesome one only found in a few places in the US, the stick mantid. They look like a walking stick that took up body building, but skimped on the leg days and only pumped up the arms. Big beefy forelegs, but itty bitty skinny body! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #mantid #chinesemantid #predatoryinsect 2 months ago by @bug_lover
120: Monarch ⠀⠀ Been out of commission a few days thanks to the City Nature Challenge, but getting back on track with my posts here with a monarch! Saw a bunch over the weekend, but never got a photo of any... ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #butterfly #ig_butterfly #monarch 2 months ago by @bug_lover
“For me trees have always been penetrating preachers.” - Herman Hesse . . #northcarolina_igers #earthpix #treeroots #grounding #hikertrash #naturephotographer #meditation #forest_captures #nature_photo #nc #stonemountainnc #springphotography #mayphoto 2 months ago by @mayleathom
118: Fragile Forktail ⠀⠀ This is usually the first damselfly species I see each spring! It’s a very common species in the eastern US and one I see all the time. Apparently they’ve also been introduced in Hawaii and are now found on all but one island. ⠀⠀ I’ve spotted several of these for the City Nature Challenge! Are any of you participating in this event in your own city? ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #ig_dragonflies #damsefly #forktail #fragileforktail 2 months ago by @bug_lover
117: March Fly ⠀⠀ Also known as love bugs, these flies emerge in large numbers in the spring in my area. They feed on decaying plant matter as larvae and most species feed on nectar and other sweet fluids as adults, though adults of one genus are non-feeding. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #marchfly #lovebug #fly 2 months ago by @bug_lover
116: Japanese Beetle ⠀⠀ In my area, people mix up the invasive Japanese beetle with the native green June beetle all the time. Japanese beetles are pretty distinct from June bugs though, even though they’re both scarabs and both green. Japanese beetles are quite a bit smaller than June bugs, and they have very distinctive rows of long white hairs along their abdomens, which you can see in this photo. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #beetle #scarab #japanesebeetle #invasivespecies 2 months ago by @bug_lover
115: Carolina Saddlebags ⠀⠀ Tomorrow is the first day of the City Nature Challenge! It’s an international competition between cities to see which city can document the most species April 26-29. If you like nature photography, consider uploading some photos to iNaturalist (app or website) during those days. If you live in any area participating in the City Nature Challenge, your observations will automatically count toward your city’s totals. Even if you’re not in a CNC area, your observations may still be useful to the many scientists who rely on iNautaralist data for their research! ⠀⠀ And because I can’t post a photo without posting a bug fact, here’s one to go with the photo: saddlebags dragonflies get their name from the patterns on their wings. They make these dragonflies look like they have saddlebags strapped across their backs! ———- #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #saddlebags #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #carolinasaddlebags 2 months ago by @bug_lover
114: Soldier Beetle ⠀⠀ Soldier beetles don’t get a lot of attention as pollinators, but they visit a lot of flowers on any given day to drink nectar, so they provide at least some pollination services. I’d bet they’re far more effective pollinators than a lot of butterflies as more of their body surfaces come into contact with flowers than most butterflies. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #beetle #soldierbeetle #pollinator 2 months ago by @bug_lover
113: Beautiful Wood Nymph ⠀⠀ I love these moths! They’re bird dropping mimics as adults and feed on virginia creeper as gorgeous caterpillars. Really fun to find these! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #moth #beautifulwoodnymph 2 months ago by @bug_lover
111: American Lady ⠀⠀ American ladies look a lot like painted ladies, but are easy to tell apart if you can see the outer surface of the hind wing. American ladies have two eyespots while painted ladies have four. ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #yatesmill #bugloverbugs2019 #americanlady #butterfly #ig_butterfly 2 months ago by @bug_lover
110: Painted Skimmer ⠀⠀ This dragonfly is not super commonly spotted in my area of North Carolina and only for a short period in the spring. That just makes them more excited when you finally come across one! ——— #insect #arthropodsanonymous #arthropod_perfection #tgif_insects #raw_insects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #rebel_macro #macro_brilliance #macroclique #macro_holic #excellent_macros #tgif_macro #igbest_macros #mta_macro #nature_brilliance #northcarolina_igers #igersnc #igersraleigh #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #raleigh #prairieridgeecostation #ncmns #bugloverbugs2019 #dragonfly #ig_dragonflies #paintedskimmer 2 months ago by @bug_lover
The Blue Ridge Parkway was full of special moments like this one Saturday morning. • • • • • • • • • • • #godsartwork #godscreation #sunset_sunrise_beautiful #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_and_sunsets #onlyinnorthcarolina #blueridgemountainlife #blueridgemoments #naturenc #northcarolina_igers #romanticasheville #discover_carolinas #exploreboone #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #blueridgemountains #visitnc #visitmysmokies #southernstatesco #scenicnc #celebratingnc #ncdailydose #homenc #outaboutnc #itsbetterherethanthere #nature #naturephotography #trails #wncmountains #sunrise 3 months ago by @wildwoodblessing
Zoomed in on this cloud drama during a recent sunset. • • • • • • • • • #godsartwork #godscreation #sunset_sunrise_beautiful #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_and_sunsets #onlyinnorthcarolina #blueridgemountainlife #blueridgemoments #naturenc #northcarolina_igers #romanticasheville #discover_carolinas #exploreboone #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #blueridgemountains #visitnc #visitmysmokies #southernstatesco #scenicnc #celebratingnc #ncdailydose #homenc #outaboutnc #itsbetterherethanthere #nature #naturephotography #trails #wncmountains #sunrise 3 months ago by @wildwoodblessing
Sunrise on the Parkway this am. I‘m excited to have the trees green up with leaves, but this is one beautiful advantage of leafless winter trees. • • • • • • • • • • • • #godsartwork #godscreation #sunset_sunrise_beautiful #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_and_sunsets #onlyinnorthcarolina #blueridgemountainlife #blueridgemoments #naturenc #northcarolina_igers #romanticasheville #discover_carolinas #exploreboone #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #blueridgemountains #visitnc #visitmysmokies #southernstatesco #scenicnc #celebratingnc #ncdailydose #homenc #outaboutnc #itsbetterherethanthere #nature #naturephotography #trails #wncmountains #sunrise 3 months ago by @wildwoodblessing
Short work week and back up the road in time to catch the last glimpse of color. (Grandmother Mountain in the distance) • • • • • • • • • • • #godsartwork #godscreation #sunset_sunrise_beautiful #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_and_sunsets #onlyinnorthcarolina #blueridgemountainlife #blueridgemoments #naturenc #northcarolina_igers #romanticasheville #discover_carolinas #exploreboone #ncoutdoors #northcarolina #blueridgemountains #visitnc #visitmysmokies #southernstatesco #scenicnc #celebratingnc #ncdailydose #homenc #outaboutnc #itsbetterherethanthere #nature #naturephotography #trails #wncmountains #sunrise 3 months ago by @wildwoodblessing