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Ambush Bug

These small bugs are about 0.5 inch long and can prey on larger insects such as bumblebees, butterflies or wasps. Ambush bugs are part of the Assassin Bug family. These bugs hide on plants and flowers like this salvia shown here, from which they ambush their prey. They feed by extending and stabbing their beak into its prey and sucking out their body fluids.

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If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insect
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)

Genus: Jagged Ambush Bugs (Phymata)

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Ambush Bug2020-10-13T02:39:25+00:00

Lupine Bugs

Lupine bugs are members of the family of broad-headed bugs and related to the stink bug that when threatened will emit a rancid smelling liquid.

The probiscus seen folded underneath its body is used for feeding by sucking the nutrients from stems and leaves.

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If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insect
Order: True Bugs (Heteroptera)
Family: Broad-headed Bugs (Alydidae)

Genus: Megalotmus
Species: Lupine Bug (Megalotomus Quinquespinos)

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Lupine Bugs2020-10-13T02:13:13+00:00

Photoville Fence

THE PHOTOVILLE FENCE ANNOUNCES ITS NINTH EDITION

Happy to share that five selected pieces from Patio Life were choose for inclusion in the 9th edition of the Photoville Fence.

The Photoville FENCE is a year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring over 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience.

The 9th edition will expand to 11 major parks and downtown areas across North America: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Houston, Metro (Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead), New Orleans, Sarasota, Seattle, and locally in Winchester. The exhibition will be on view from Fall 2020 – Summer 2021.

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The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insect
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)

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Photoville Fence2020-10-12T00:04:55+00:00

Honey Bee

A honey bee searching for nectar on the flamingo celosia (celosia spicata). This species of celosia was grown from seed and started indoors. It does well in a large container, growing to over four feet tall and attracts a variety of bees and other pollinators. The taller the plant gets, the more prone to the container tipping over.

Pollen is the fine powder produced from the male part (stamen) of the flower that fertilizes the female part (pistal) of the flower.

Nectar is the sweet substance produced by certain plants that is consumed by bees and other pollinators as a source of food. Honey bees collect nectar and convert it to honey.

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The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insect
Order: Bees, Wasps, Ants and Sawflies (Hymenoptera)
Family: Bees (Apidae)

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Honey Bee2020-09-26T13:00:25+00:00

Bumble Bee

There are over 250 species of bumble bees. These plump and fuzzy bees live in small colonies of just of a few hundred bees, much smaller when compared to that of the honey bee which has thousands of bees in their respective colonies. The bumble bees tend to appear mid-August and can be found feeding throughout the day on the salvia (shown above on the stem). These bees do not make honey but collect the nectar to feed and store in their hives honeypot. Only the Queens overwinter and will start new colonies each Spring.

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The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Hymenoptera)
Family: Bees (Apidae)

Genus: Bombus

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Bumble Bee2020-08-26T13:33:39+00:00

Color Exhibition

The Villa Bee Fly, was recently chosen for inclusion in the “Color” exhibition at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC opening September 4.

The gallery anticipates being open to the public though likely not having an opening reception. For more information, visit www.sec4p.com – a video walk-through of the show will be available once it opens.

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The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)

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Color Exhibition2020-08-14T20:15:03+00:00

Macro Workshop

Interested in learning macro photography?

I will be teaching a 2-day workshop (Monday, August 10 and Monday August 17).

For more information, please visit the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

Praying Mantis
Macro Workshop2020-08-14T20:27:47+00:00

How to Attract Hummingbirds

What Flowers Do Hummingbirds Like?

Two plants that have had the most success in the yard at attracting hummingbirds are two species of Salvia (from Proven Winners):

  • Rockin Blue Suede Shoes Salvia (shown above)
  • Black and Blue Salvia

Two noticeable differences between the two varieties of salvia are the color of the flower and the amount of blooms.

Blue Suede Shoes Salvia Black and Blue Salvia
Light blue flowers Deep vibrant blue flowers
More flowers Less flowers

Both species are annuals that are grown in containers and are excellent at attracting a variety of pollinators, including honey bees.

The hummingbirds visit the salvia more frequently than the liquid feeders and far more frequently than the Fuscia and Lantana.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

Top Attractions

  • Black and Blue Salvia

  • Blue Suede Shoes Salvia

  • Nectar Feeders

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black and Blue Salvia
Midnight Blue Salvia
Black and Blue Salvia
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How to Attract Hummingbirds2020-06-28T00:33:41+00:00

Blow Fly

House flies do not eat solid foods – instead, they regurgitate vomit onto their food source – the vomit contains enzymes that liquify the food so it can be sucked up.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

Genus: Calliphora

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Blow Fly2020-06-07T22:55:49+00:00

Northern Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are one of the most common vespid wasps seen around home. Most vespid wasps are social insects, living in a colony that includes a queen and its male and infertile female workers. Paper wasps build their nests from wood fibers. They chew and mix the wood fibers with their saliva to form a pulp which is used to construct a paper-like nest, found above or below ground. When threatened, these wasps can sting multiple times.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Hymenoptera)
Family: Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps (Vespidae)

Genus: Paper Wasps (Polistes)
Species: Northern Paper Wasp

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Northern Paper Wasp2020-05-31T13:45:18+00:00
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