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2020 - August - Bugs


Rules that are always applicable are as follows:

  1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you.
  3. All entries should include a line of text with the location, subject, and date (specificity is up to you).
  4. Refrain from posting sensitive/debatable content
  5. Only upvotes count towards winning.

Rules for August are as follows:

  1. Bugs - Pictures of bugs/insects.
  2. The contest will last the whole month of August and to be clear, we use UTC, just like the site itself.
  3. There is no constraint on when the photo must have been taken.

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  1. Leave a single comment below in the format THEME - ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION

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Is "bugs" intended to cover Arthropoda, Insecta, or Hemiptera? ‭Peter Taylor‭ about 1 month ago

@Peter: "Bug" is such an unscientific term that I'm interpreting it as "anything small and creepy-crawly". I'd even include spiders. Real entomologists refer to a specific subset of insects as "bugs", but I doubt that is what's intended here. ‭Olin Lathrop‭ about 1 month ago

Topic suggestion: Islands - Photos which clearly show land surrounded by water. ‭Peter Taylor‭ 22 days ago

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Some kind of shiny arachnid, I think

European Moth Day, 2018-05-11, Devesa de l'Albufera, Valencia, Spain. Shot with Nikon D5300, Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/4 and Kenko 2x NAS Teleplus MC7, ISO 800, f/32, flash.

Yes, I know this isn't a moth. The UV lights attracted all kinds of insects and probably some other arthropods. I think this is an arachnid rather than an insect, so I'm following Olin's comment in taking "bug" as Arthropoda.

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Beautiful carapace! ‭Isaac Moses‭ about 1 month ago


Large black scarab beetle climbing on mossy tree bark

Osmoderma scabra, a kind of scarab beetle, climbing up a moss-covered tree (Montreal, August 2020)



Bee sitting on a yellow-white flower with very ruffled pedals

A bee sitting on a carnation that I saw while waiting for a picnic (Montreal, July 2020)



Blue dragonfly on rocks

Epaulet skimmer, a kind of dragonfly, in Ein Gedi, Israel, July 2019.

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At first I didn't see the wings and thought this was some sort of strange crawling thing. Dragonflies sure are neat! ‭Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago


Diogmites on Manzanita


25 Jul 2005, Tonto National Forest, Arizona.

I was hiking the Highline Trail below the Mogollon Rim when I came to an area with a lot of manzanita, just west of Horton Spring. This diogmites gave me time to set up the camera and let me get reasonably close. The picture was taken with a 135 mm lens and extension tube. The above is a crop of about 3/4 in each dimension.

I was impressed with how well the diogmites was camouflaged. Its color closely matched the manzanita stems.


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