I haven't posted nature photos for a good long while. After I figured out the macro setting on the point & shoot and established a totally organic garden and suburban ecosystem, I joyfully documented the bugs in my yard. But after a while, the images didn't seem like anything new. I think because I am a human it is difficult for me to perceive the differences that distinguish one individual paper wasp (for instance) from another.
But things happen in the world of bugs. The whole circle of life unfolds every season among the flowers. Sometimes I see it. Warning: if you are disturbed by the gritty reality of nature, you might not care for these pictures.
mating mantids; the female has eaten the head of the male
preying mantis eating a monarch butterfly
green lynx spider guarding egg sac soon after laying eggs
newly hatched green lynx spiders