Big Bend Nat’l Park resident: Horse Lubber Grasshopper

The little friends you can make along the way, if you will only stop to say hello. I found this brilliantly colored grasshopper as I walked along the path near our lodge in the park. Hello Horse Lubber! “Crowds of bees are giddy with cloverCrowds of grasshoppers skip at our feet,Crowds of larks at…

Dragonfly Dance

Thoughts back to summer as I contemplate the momentI stroll through past photos and remember the dragonfliesThey flutter and dance in the morning sunlightWings all shimmery with sparkles

Spotless Lady Beetle

The little red ladybug who has no spots! Ladybugs are also known as ladybirds in Great Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs. (Wikipedia)

Narrow-striped Forceptail

Yesterday I saw this beautiful dragonfly on my walk at our local wetlands, a city run water reclamation park. I’ve identified about sixteen so far and discovered this is a new-to-me dragonfly discovery. I was glad the sun came out to shine on this beautiful guy! The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something…

Love ’em or hate ’em, we need ’em!

With all the rain and all the plant growth, bugs have multiplied by the gazillions! They are everywhere, and we’ve got the bug bites to prove it! But, we need our bugs. They are amazing and fascinating creatures. And although they can be creepy, for the most part they seem to leave us alone. Purdue…