Insects, Bugs, and Beauties
We share our space with a variety of other species. Or, perhaps, they theirs with us. They certainly have us outnumbered.
There aren't but a few of whom we know the proper name; this one's fairly obvious. Dung beetle. We haven't seen any of those in the house, but some better looking types make it inside. Like this striped moth.
Moths aren't often the quick to mind as beauties of the bug world, but some of them are striking in an unnerving way:
Or this luna, from inside and out:
Their cousins are stunning in a more conventional way. When the purple lantana starts to bloom heavy in late September the butterflies swarm in. This one is a "Buckeye."
Some of our six-footed friends appear sinister:
And some of the one-footed enemies gross:
Some are an instant horror, when the tractor engine drowns out the warning buzz until it's too late:
Two shots of a beautiful caterpillar in the North Carolina mountains: