TO~further the knowledge of nature, and encourage protection, and conservation of it.
Thank you to all who inspired me, taught me, and appreciated the sharing of my photos and information. My passion for God's creation has grown immensely and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and to continue to grow...
insects have 6 jointed legs, two antennae, and an exoskeleton made of chitin the same thing our hair and nails are made up of. They have a three-part body consisting of a head (with the mouthparts, eyes, and antennae), thorax (where the legs and wings attach), and the abdomen (with the reproductive, and most digestive organs).
The wheel bugs belong to the Assassin family, and were seen by me for the first time this past summer, are very beneficial for our gardens and yards as they keep the pesty insect population at bay.
Their bite can be very severe so don't play around with them! It can take up to six months for the
painful bite to heal.
I just love these bugs, they are slow moving, great posers for my nikon and great color as they change from brilliant orange/red, to a deep gun metal gray.
here a wheel bug nymph in spring RED
adult wheel bug~check out that beak!
adult wheel bug, see the wheel on top of it's back (looks
It has taken me 49 yrs (5yrs ago now) to discover that the person I was is not the person I am...if that makes any sense at all. My life has so far been allowing others to live through me, and I went along with it. Not such a bad thing as I am who I am today because of my past...but always remember; never look back you arent' going that way. I am an artist and a licensed folk artist with the Bethany Lowe Design company, a fabulous place; http://bethanylowe.com/, a naturalist ( untrained at this point) but preparing to be trained beginning in Jan 2012. My mother taught me all I know about nature, as she was MOTHER NATURE at summer camp, beside the things I learned on my own as she taught me always to stop and smell the roses, and look at the weeds too, and the grass, and creek, sky and trees. This will be my story, my journey of becoming a more complete person within myself.
LOok what lives amongst the "weeds" we so abhor ( well I don't, but most do) the tiny, steampunk of bugs, THE ROBBER FLY.
here he is having a bath, cleaning his legs
and wings and eyes.
and here he awaits a bug unaware to
rob the bodily fluids from.
just check out those goggles, only
steampunk freaks could envy them...
sunning himself on a weed,
yes eventually I will be hopefully able to tell
you what weed!
Just one of the pleasures of stopping, looking,
seeing, listening ( well not really, they don't speak)
and snapping your nikon 55mm lens at!
I will be back with more, this blog is now DEDICATED to my mother
VIRGINIA CLARKE PAYNE ARMSTRONG
(photo to follow)
for all her time, efforts,patience, love and knowledge to raise me
the best she knew how and teach me all she knew to share
with my family and friends and anyone who would be interested
in what is Out There...
on a closing note for today...
STOP smell the roses, look at the weeds and appreciate what
GOD, yes GOD has created for us...whether to enjoy or annoy