Monday, December 8, 2008

Bug Parade

Every Winter, (usually in December) we have a flower bush in our yard that blooms. Several days ago while enjoying the lovely white flowers, I was struck by the many insects that there were buzzing around. :) I attempted to capture a few photos but because our camera is relatively new, (the camera I used to use gave out a few months back) some of the photos turned out a little blurry since I have not figured out all of the settings yet. But I had fun anyway, and here are the results.
A yellow jacket and honey bee.

A black and white wasp.

I found this bug to be interesting, apparently it preys upon the bees, wasps etc. that come to the flowers. Here it is eating a honey bee.

Yet another wasp.

A black, brown and yellow striped wasp.
Two flowers, two bees. :)
This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!


Anonymous said...

Neat! A black and white wasp?? I've never seen one of those before! :)

Ruth Ann said...

God's creation is really amazing, it's all around us! :)

Arlene said...

Wow, you definitely have an eye for photography :o) Oh, and I didn't think they turned out blurry at all!

Sarah said...

Excellent photos, Emily! Aren't insects so interesting?! The insect in the third photo is called a Wheel Bug . . . I did some research on them back when I found them in our vegetable garden. They are rather unique creatures!

The hymn you shared is one of my favorites! :)

Nicole said...

Great pictures! And I love the hymn at the end of the post!

Anonymous said...

Neat pictures! Bugs are so interesting. :) I love that hymn as well; it's among my favorites. :)


Thanks for that information Sarah! I did not know the name of the bug. Do you know if it is harmful or helpful?

Anonymous said...

Oh! Thank you for commenting on my blog as well!! :D

Sarah said...

It is a bit of both Emily! The Wheal Bug eats the pests, but it also sometimes eats the 'good' insects. In our garden, though, we found them to be quite helpful! I had one of them take up residence on a cabbage plant and did not have any more cabbage worms on it after that which was nice. :)

One word of caution, they may bite if provoked and from what I have read, it is quite painful, so be careful around them!

Rebekah said...

Looks like you're setting up a buggie bed and breakfast! Hehe!! I'm just glad that there still are enough wasps and bees buzzin' around where you are, because (at least over here) the majority of our 'pollinators' population is being killed off bit by bit... :(