This gallery contains 5 photos. Nothing evokes creepiness as well as the members of the insect world. Cold, calculating, and chilling are a few more adjectives that have been ascribed to these bug-eyed beasts, who are proof that ownership of big black orbs doesn’t guarantee cuteness. In no particular order, here are five contenders who vie for the kingship of creep.
Yellowjacket. Although a useful pollinator, this easily recognizable creepy critter isn’t likely to have a large fanbase. Its black and bright yellow colours telegraph its dangerous nature. It has a nasty sting, and has been known to sample hummingbird nectar as well.
I wasn’t that close to my subject, but I was close enough. Taken on May 7.
f/8, 1/1000, 100 mm macro lens, 100 mm, ISO 1250
Dragonfly. This golden skimmer is, with a maniacal grin, busy digesting what looks like a bee or a wasp, while clinging to a bamboo stake in the backyard. In reality, though, dragonflies are highly beneficial insects; I am happy to have them helicoptering around the backyard in the summertime.
A tasty afternoon snack for a FOY Golden Skimmer. Taken on May 10.
f/8, 1/1000, 100 mm macro lens, 100 mm, ISO 400, flash on
Shieldbug. Don’t make the mistake of swatting this fellow — less you really want to raise a stink with the impact. Shieldbugs (also known as stinkbugs) are so named for the shield shape (what looks to me like a chalice) on the backs of their carapaces.
Photographed in the sunroom, this shield bug is the size of a thumbnail. Taken on May 12.
f/8, 1/125, 100 mm macro lens, 100 mm, ISO 400, flash on
Dronefly. The proboscis is something straight out of the Vincent Price sci-fi thriller The Fly, but the dronefly (aka hoverfly) is actually a beneficial insect that keeps destructive insects in check in your garden. I’ve had the pleasure of watching them hover in place (like hummingbirds) over flowers.
Hoverfly on the purple azalea. Taken on May 20.
f/11, 1/500, 100 mm macro lens, 100 mm, ISO 400, flash on
Ladybug larva. Those are painful-looking spikes on the back of this little monster. Leave them alone, though; ladybugs, especially the voracious larva, do their part in keeping the aphid population down.
Look but don’t touch! Those spikes really are nasty looking and feeling. Taken on June 4.
f/8, 1/500, 100 mm macro lens, 100 mm, ISO 400, flash on