The insects' lives were fascinating and complex.
I do love insects, except for flies and ants in the house and emerald ash borers, which are threatening to destroy all of our beautiful ash trees. Pest insects, however, are the minority in the world of insects. Without insects, we couldn't live. We need insects to pollinate many of our fruits and vegetables, such as pears and apples. We need insects to act as decomposers, to break down all of that organic matter in the ground so that we can have good compost in which to grow our food. Our lives are made better by honey and silk and shellac, all produced by insects.
Over the past few months, I have been photographing insects and a few other arthropods. Here are a few of the pictures.
|Slow-moving insect. Long legs, single set of wings.|
|This one is very large and had been tasting the apples that had fallen to the ground.|
|This spider is considered an arachnid and is not an insect (class insecta). It is a garden spider, which is a type of orb weaver.|
|Busy bee, buzzing around the flowers.|
|Bee in Buckhorn Island State Park, Grand Island, New York.|