Friday, August 14, 2009

Bugs & Flowers

Some new bugs and one of my favorite wildflowers... the Saw Leaf Daisy.

I found this Ambush Bug on the Saw Leaf Daisy flower below. His front legs looked like he had boxing gloves on. I found out that the Ambush Bug will sit perfectly still on a flower and ambush his prey by unfolding those boxing gloves and grabbing another insect for dinner. They will eat other insects that are much larger than themselves.

This is the gray version of the blister beetle... he is quite a bit smaller than the striped blister beetle. 

This was a skinny Stink Bug. 
All of the insect sketches are ink & watercolor in the Moleskine Bug Journal.

This is one of my favorite wildflowers - the Saw Leaf Daisy. This is where I found the Ambush Bug.... these are very stiff and prickly.

The Daisy sketch is ink & watercolor on hemp paper in my nature journal.


  1. Wonderful job! (I had a blister beetle in my hair the other day, looked just like that all right. Ewwwwwwwwwww!)

  2. Just a really neat capture...loving it.

  3. And that Ambush bug looks so innocent....

  4. Great bugs! I like that wildflower,too, it reminds me of Silphium sp., sometimes called Compass flower. It's also stiff and coarse, butlovely flowers like that.


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