Insects, Bugs, and Beauties
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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.
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Moths aren't often the quick to mind as beauties of the bug world, but some of them are striking in an unnerving way:
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Or this luna, from inside and out:
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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."
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Some of our six-footed friends appear sinister:
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And some of the one-footed enemies gross:
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Some are an instant horror, when the tractor engine drowns out the warning buzz until it's too late:
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Two shots of a beautiful caterpillar in the North Carolina mountains:
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