Monday, August 27, 2012

Ironweed Field

One of the best places to photograph insects in the late summer is Ironweed Field in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Fortunately it is very close to where I live. I still have to get up early to catch the insects before they become active.  The preying mantis' color camouflage makes them difficult to find.  Interesting fact is the preying mantis can molt (shed its skin) up to nine times in is life.

























Other insects that I have found include






















Blue Dasher Dragonfly











Autumn Meadowbrook Dragonfly











Saddleback Dragonfly











Other interesting Arthropods I have seen

                                   Argiope Spider








Two Striped Grasshopper

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