Bugging out: Photos of spiders, beetles and dragonflies all over Maine

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green.
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green. Buy Photo
A dead stag beetle casts a shadow in the afternoon sun on my porch railing in Portland. We had a bunch of them hitch a ride to my house in a load of mulch.
A dead stag beetle casts a shadow in the afternoon sun on my porch railing in Portland. We had a bunch of them hitch a ride to my house in a load of mulch. Buy Photo
This bug landed on a nearby car at a press conference I was covering last summer on the waterfront. I don't know what it is.
This bug landed on a nearby car at a press conference I was covering last summer on the waterfront. I don't know what it is. Buy Photo
A daddy longlegs, technically a kind of spider from the order Opiliones, climbs a tree in Buxton last summer near the Saco River.
A daddy longlegs, technically a kind of spider from the order Opiliones, climbs a tree in Buxton last summer near the Saco River. Buy Photo
A house fly alights on a picked fence in Portland last year. According to the Orkin pest people, a house fly's lifespan is 15 to 30 days.
A house fly alights on a picked fence in Portland last year. According to the Orkin pest people, a house fly's lifespan is 15 to 30 days. Buy Photo
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green.
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green. Buy Photo
A Dragonfly rests on a blade of grass near a pond in Limington last week.
A Dragonfly rests on a blade of grass near a pond in Limington last week. Buy Photo
A dragonfly sits among the aquatic plants on a pond in Limington this month.
A dragonfly sits among the aquatic plants on a pond in Limington this month. Buy Photo
A stag beetle crawls among the cukes picked from my garden in Portland last month.
A stag beetle crawls among the cukes picked from my garden in Portland last month. Buy Photo
A dragonfly stops flying for a moment in Limington last week.
A dragonfly stops flying for a moment in Limington last week. Buy Photo
A gang of Japanese beetles teams up to munch on a leaf last week in Limington.
A gang of Japanese beetles teams up to munch on a leaf last week in Limington. Buy Photo
Some sort of water bug skitters across the surface of the Songo River in Naples without breaking through the surface tension.
Some sort of water bug skitters across the surface of the Songo River in Naples without breaking through the surface tension. Buy Photo

Bugs are everywhere.

My cellar is full of spiders and my yard is full of bees. Dragonflies swoop around the pond where my dog likes to swim. Stag beetles, with their frightening-but-harmless horns, waddle out of the mulch around my cucumbers.

I see lots of bugs I can’t name, such as the one on the truck at the press conference last summer.

You can’t avoid houseflies. Just what a daddy longlegs is, I don’t know. It may be a kind of spider.

Japanese beetles cling to half-eaten leaves all over the place. There’s too many to squash.

I wish I could skitter across the top of the water like those little bugs that look like pine needles do.

Anyway, like I said, bugs are everywhere.

 

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