Alex's most recent photographs.
Cixidia sp. (Achilidae)
Adult and immature achilid planthoppers under the bark of a dead tree. These insects feed on fungi. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
Homalodisca vitripennis - Glassy-winged sharpshooter
The white dots on the wings of this sharpshooter are a liquid containing microscopic structures called brochosomes. The insect paints these on her eggs where they may serve to protect against dessication or predation.
Austin, Texas, USA.
A female paper wasp collects wood shavings in early spring as raw material for her paper nest.
Austin, Texas, USA.
Striped bark scorpion. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
Mexican honey wasps on their paper nest. San Antonio, Texas, USA
Portrait of a Mexican honey wasp, one of the few non-bee species that stores honey. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Mexican honey wasps raise their stingers when the photographer disturbs their nest. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
A Mexican honey wasp extrudes her sting when the photographer approaches her nest too closely. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
San Antonio, Texas, USA.
The stinger of the Mexican honey wasp Brachygastra mellifica is barbed like a honey bee's, so it stays in the wound delivering venom after the wasp leaves. The process is traumatic enough that the wasp dies. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
The bright colors of Mexican honey wasps serve as a warning of this species' painful sting. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Mexican Honey wasps cluster on the paper surface of their nest. San Antonio, Texas, USA.
A high-noon ant carries soil out of her nest. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
A queen ant in the nest. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA
Native crazy ants scramble to pull eggs and larvae to safety after the photographer disturbs their nest. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
A red imported fire ant queen in the nest. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
Fire ants may have taken over Texas, but the invasive population is not harmonious. Here, workers have pinned down an ant from a rival colony, who defends herself with her stinger. Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA.
Nepenthes sp. Pitcher Plant
Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Grylloblatta sp. ice crawler
Carpenter Ridge, Northern California, USA
A focus-stacked composite portrait of a soldier ant. El Palmar, Entre Rios, Argentina.
The fore tibia of a praying mantis is well suited for grasping prey. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
Portrait of a female Chinese Mantis, an Asian species that has become common in North America following introduction for biological pest control. Urbana, Illinois, USA.