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…

Perspective Of An Arachnid

Something a little creepy for your Friday the 13th. I was with a group in the Philippines helping rebuild part of a school that was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. I saw this little spider climbing on this leaf while taking our break for lunch. I am fairly arachnophobic, so trying to capture this creepy guy…

Bosnian Dragonfly

I will not take credit for this photo. My wife took this photo and she is indeed awesome, but I like to think I have taught her a thing or two about capturing the moment. We were in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I was helping put up drywall in the local pastor’s home. My wife…