A potter wasp visits a fall goldenrod. Austin, Texas, USA.
Cottonwood borer (Plectrodera scalator)
Portrait of a cottonwood borer beetle, Plectrodera scalator, one of the most beautiful longhorn beetles in eastern North America. Austin, Texas, USA.
Portrait of a male nursery web spider. Canandaigua, New York, USA.
An eastern yellowjacket drinks nectar from a milkweed. Austin, Texas, USA.
Azteca and Eciton
Azteca (left) defend themselves from an Eciton hamatum army ant raid.
A 5 minute night exposure in a restored Illinois prairie reveals the signals of several different species of fireflies, each with a unique pattern. Homer Lake, Illinois, USA.
Portrait of the common house fly.
Portrait of a periodical cicada, Magicicada cassini. Panther Creek State Conservation Area, Illinois, USA.
An Ophiocordyceps lloydii var. lloydii ant-killing fungus sprouts two sexual fruiting bodies from the carcass of a Camponotus carpenter ant it has consumed. Armenia, Belize (Thanks to João Araújo for the identification)
A black-headed sugar ant forages on a Eucalypt on a bright morning in Victoria. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Cocoons of the parasitoid wasp Cotesia line the back of a tomato hornworm. The caterpillar is, unfortunately, still alive. Urbana, Illinois, USA
Portrait of one of the world's most recognizable ants, the Amazonian trap-jaw Daceton armigerum. French Guiana; Laboratory colony at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
A worker Ectatomma patrols a twig along the edge of a Peruvian forest. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
A red harvester ant carries a seed back to her nest. Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Giant silkworm moths mate shortly after the female (at right) emerged from her cocoon. Illinois, USA.
Vatesus rove beetle
A number of clever beetle species like this Vatesus have evolved to pilfer the rich resources of army ant colonies beneath the ants' defenses. Ecuador.
Australia's infamous redback spider. Victoria, Australia.
Leafcutter ants in Ecuador.
Ant Mimic Jumping Spider
With Tetraponera ant model. Kibale Forest, Uganda.
Silhouetted against the dusk sky, a parasitic wasp lays her egg in the dead trunk of a redbud tree. Her target is probably wood-boring beetles. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A worker honey bee fans her exposed Nasonov gland.
A malaria mosquito rests in the sterotypically angled position for this genus. Laboratory culture at The Rockefeller University.
An immature leafhopper blends effortlessly into the trunk of a large eucalypt in Victoria, Australia.
Whirligig beetle, Arizona.
This mantisfly is a convincing mimic of Polistes paper wasps. McKinney Roughs Park, Texas, USA.
A bumble bee takes off after working a purple coneflower. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
This common southeastern Australian insect is fondly called "the sex beetle" for its conspicuous pairings. Tower Hill Reserve, Victoria, Australia.