The fields are alive with the sound of insects

Posted July 26, 2012, at 12:05 p.m.
A Japanese beetle approaches a Queen Anne's lace flower.
A Japanese beetle approaches a Queen Anne's lace flower. Buy Photo
A deer fly after it was smashed on a window. It met its end like many others — after biting one of my dogs.
A deer fly after it was smashed on a window. It met its end like many others — after biting one of my dogs. Buy Photo
A stonefly shell tangled in spider web.
A stonefly shell tangled in spider web. Buy Photo
A monarch caterpillar on milkweed.
A monarch caterpillar on milkweed. Buy Photo
A monarch butterfly takes to the air.
A monarch butterfly takes to the air. Buy Photo
A honeybee tangled in strand of spider web on a milkweed.
A honeybee tangled in strand of spider web on a milkweed. Buy Photo
A spider and its carefully wrapped food.
A spider and its carefully wrapped food. Buy Photo

I have a love-hate relationship with insects and bugs or, as some might scientifically refer to them, “creepy crawly buzzers.” I marvel at the diverse beauty of moths, butterflies, spiders and even the lowly potato bug, but I do smash the latter after getting a good look.

I can also get raging mad when a cloud of mosquitoes, black flies or others of the biting or stinging kind chase me out of the woods. However, I must admit, they all have their place on the food chain and are a necessary part of this world. So I set out to try to record a thin slice of their life.

These photos are not offered up as scientific observations or explanations. They are simply meant to foster an appreciation for these tiny critters at various stages in their lives.

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