A bumble bee takes off after working a purple coneflower. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
Portrait of a turtle ant, Cephalotes atratus
A 10 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.
A male big dipper firefly signals in an ascending line. Urbana, Illinois, USA
An imperial moth caterpillar feeds on an oak leaf. Stengl Lost Pines Field Station, Texas, USA.
Portrait of a Mexican Honey Wasp. San Antonio, Texas, USA
Portrait of a periodical cicada, Magicicada cassini. Panther Creek State Conservation Area, Illinois, USA.
An egg-parasitioid wasp (Scelionidae) lays her eggs into an egg of a Caligo owl butterfly. Cayó District, Belize.
The largest of the Neotropical army ants is Eciton rapax, an Amazonian species that preys on social insects. Jatun Sacha reserve, Ecuador.
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.
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.
Apterobittacus apterus - wingless hangingfly
Courtship in hangingflies involves the male (bottom left) capturing a prey item and presenting it as a gift to the female. Hastings Reserve, Carmel Valley, California, USA.
Castes of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera
Worker (top), queen, and drone.
A small leafcutter ant worker rides on a leaf to protect her larger sister against parasites. Ecuador.
This crab spider mimics the color, shape, size, and texture of the turtle ants it preys upon. Archidona, Napo, Ecuador.
Anoplognathus sp. - Christmas beetle
Australia's famous "Christmas beetles" are several species of large, brightly-colored scarabs that appear around porch lights in early summer. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
After a heavy rain, a Synoeca cyanea worker empties extra water from the colony's nest.
Morretes, Paraná, Brazil
The bright colors of this tropical trap-jaw ant serve as a warning of her painful sting. Colombia.