Painted Lady
It’s not often you see a photo of a painted lady with it’s wings splayed out. The resolution on this photo is high and the colours are stunning. I had to do a little chasing to finally get this picture, but it was worth it.

Hi again Nadjia,
We were only going to post a couple of your images, but there are some very nice ones. We applaud your diligence in capturing this Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui. In California, we have West Coast Ladies that often migrate in huge numbers in the spring. This year’s desert bloom brought out millions of them. It was very impressive to see.

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European Paper Wasps on their nest
I took this picture of the paper wasps while golfing. They had decided to make their home on the underside of the railing around the mid-course restroom. Grubs are clearly visible in some of the cells of the nest.

Hi Nadjia,
Thanks for sending in your photo.

Hi there, I am a paper wasp researcher, currently working on introduced populations of Polistes dominulus across the US, and I found your site while doing a web search. On your site you have a couple of photos of this species. These are also P. dominulus, not yellow jackets. The first indication is the single, open-combed nest (yellowjackets enclose their multiple combs in a paper envelope), but also notice the brown antennae and slender bodies. I hope you don’t mind my unsolicited comments! The photos on your site are a great resource, and I thank you.
Aviva Liebert

blue wasp
Hi bugman,
Will you tell me what this blue wasp is?. Sorry for the pic quality. I looked at some of your wasp pictures and I don’t know if you have him posted yet. Please don’t post this photo on your ‘bug carnage’ page….I’m doing an insect collection for my biology class and so I’m supposed to kill every insect I see, in the name of education. And I didn’t squash him or swat him to death like some of those other people did…and he is really rather pretty (for a wasp.)
Thank you so much!

Hi Erika,
We thought this looked like one of the Cricket Hunters, so we wrote to Eric Eaton. Here is his response: "Yes, that is a very nicely mounted specimen of Chlorion aerarium, the species that hunts crickets (no official common name that I know of)."

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Asparagus Beetles
Not the greatest picture of asparagus beetles, but they kept dropping off the plants (or moving around to the other side of the plant) whenever the camera got too close for their comfort. I will try again next spring as they’re a persistent pest in my asparagus patch and the opportunities for pictures are many. The spotted asparagus beetles are a bit lazier and easier to photograph.

Hi Nadjia,
The Spotted Asparagus Beetle, Crioceris duidecimpunctata, feeds on the green parts of asparagus. It was accidentally introduced from Europe to Maryland in 1881, and has spread to most of North America. They can completely defoliate asparagus plants.

Unidentified Leaf Beetle
I’m pretty sure this is some sort of leaf beetle, although I can’t seem to find which one. Maybe a swamp milkweed leaf beetle? It was photographed along the margins of a small lake (I would call it a pond with water running in and out) not far from the eastern shores of southern Lake Huron. Sure would like to know what it is.

Hi again Nadjia,
This is a Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle, Labidomera clivicollis. As its name implies, it lives near swamps, meadows, roadsides with milkweed, especially wetlands with Swamp Milkeed, Asclepias incarnata. The markings are highly variable from individual to individual. We located some information on BugGuide.

Flower or Crab Spider… ( Misumena vatia )
Here’s a picture of a Flower or Crab spider ( Misumena vatia ) taken Sept. 4 2005 ( in Southern Ontario, Canada ). At first glance I thought I had some kind of strange albino spider, but after a bit of research online I found out they are just plain ol white and red. You have a wonderful web site, I quite enjoy seeing the different types of critters from around the continent…. some ugly, some beautiful yet all part of natures glory.
Todd Nesbitt

Hi Todd,
What a wonderful photograph. We get many questions about this particularly striking color variation of the Crab Spider. Thanks to your image, people will now know how to identify this harmless, beautiful spider.