Insect Photos

Just click on the photo to see a larger copy of it.  All these images were cropped for size purposes, the originals have more of a "border", and usually look better.


Probably the same baby praying manits spotted last month.

A baby praying manits.

A real close-up of a dragon fly.

Bee at the Chadds Ford Winery.

A dragonfly on the volleyball net.
With a close-up too.

A green spider on a balcony post.



@#$%&! Bagworms
There are these parasite insects what I believe are called bagworms. They make little cacoon-like nests that hang down from branches and the evergreen equivalent of tree leaves.  One way they hang their cacoons is to wrap their "web" around the branch - obviously this is bad for the branch.  Also, the cacoon is made of small pieces (needles, if you will, though Junipers technically don't have needles) so they can be a little hard to see. The cacoons can be from a fraction of an inch (¼ or less) to almost two inches.  Here is an example of one:

We have this Juniper bush at the end of our sidewalk. In this picture, for reference, it is seven or so feet tall, and seven or so feet wide.  If you zoom in (if you want), you can see the bagworms in this picture - there are hundreds, if not more than a thousand of them:

If you choose not to zoom in, here are two close-up shots:

These little @#$$%&'ers just engulfed the bush.  I spent two hours picking off the cacoons.  I found the most effective way to kill the little @$%^&s was to squeeze them between two fingers while pulling them off (yes, I wore gloves). I found that 95% or more of the cacoons were indeed occupied (use your imagination to figure out how I knew).  This is the result of the plucking (and this isn't all of them):

I then sprayed the bush with a pesticide.  Hopefully I will be able to help at least one person save a bush or a tree.
Watch for these destructive little @$%^&*s.  They must be removed and killed.  I also recommend spraying as well.
An interestingly colored moth

A rather large ant (it was about 1" long)

A moth(?) in the grass in the back yard.