Green Back Beetle

The beauty found in our world is simply amazing. Even in the smallest of creatures there is unique beauty to be discovered. I think that is one of the reasons I love photography so much. You see a small beetle in passing and never think twice about the tiny creature, but capture it with macro…

Glow Worms

Believe it or not this bizarre looking scene was the adventure that I looked most forward to doing when Jennifer and I decided to go to New Zealand. These are the sticky threads of glow worms. They use these threads like fishing lines to catch their prey and pull them in. The Glow Worms The…

Potato Bug

This tiny little beetle is a part of the Crop Beetle family and is known as the Colorado Potato Beetle, or more simply the Potato Bug. According to pestproducts.com, it can actually be found in much of the Continental United States even as far away as Florida, but it was discovered in the Rocky Mountains…

Butterfly Bush

This small, vibrant red butterfly is an endemic species to New Zealand and is known as the Red Admiral. It is also referred to as Kahukura by the native Maori people. My wife and I came across the little creature while hiking the Routeburn Track on a side trip up to Key Summit.

Sandy Beetle

I found this sand loving beetle while hiking on the primitive section of the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park. Arches is one of my favorite places. The rock structures that are protected by the park are the obvious draw, but like¬†many of the national parks I believe the delicate ecosystem is the hidden…

The Mantis

I found this mantis in our front yard in Colorado. Mantis’ aren’t abundant in our state because of the cold winters. Supposedly we do have a few species of them, although this is the only one I have ever seen. It is a European Mantis. You can see the “bulls-eye” on each of its arms…

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

I found this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. These are large butterflies. I have always been amazed at how fragile they¬†appear. Their flight patterns at times seem erratic as if they struggle to stay aloft, and yet they have some of the most beautiful colors and patterns making them seem majestic…