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...And The Bees...

Bees, honey, and things related, but also ladybugs, insects, butterflies, moths, and even a spider or two...mostly just gorgeous photographs or amazing facts about what most consider "creepy crawlers." When macro photography is the purpose and the insect incidental (e.g., dew that happens to be on a bug), there will be insect pins in the "Droplets" board. There are likely occasional related pins in "Flora, Fauna, & Vistas" and the various "Color Me ___" boards.

"Red Blue White Monkey Hopper (Opaon varicolor)" -- "Habitat: the Chocó areas in Colombia... These wingless grasshoppers come in a variety of bright, colorful shades. Others in the genus Opaon are metallic blue with a red jacket to black with an orange jacket, to all black. The purpose for these vivid colors are to warn predators that they wouldn’t make a tasty snack." Photograph by Juan Jaramillo -- It's real; click through for more photos.

"Animal picture of the day: red, white, and blue butterfly" -- "Malay Red Harlequin (Paralaxita damajanti) in Indonesian Borneo." Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Animal picture of the day: red, white, and blue butterfly

"Lunch time," by eev99 via Trek Earth -- Photographer's Note: "A feeding cluster of butterflies snacking on fruit at the butterfly display in Niagara Falls."

"Merveille aillée. [Winged wonder.]" Photo by Denis Dumoulin, via 500px. -- Luna moth.

"The Beatles part 4," by !Shot by Scott! via Flickr -- "I had such a great opportunity today. idotasia let me have access to the 'beetle collection' in the Karlsruhe museum of natural history "

From "The Bee Bungalow": "Happy Holidays" -- Altered, but very cute, photo of one of the smallest and most helpful of all Santa's many elves...

"Giant Ant Colony Excavated; You won’t believe what they build underground! This abandoned ant colony revealed how genius these tiny creatures are. Ants live underground – we usually see a relatively small exit on the surface. But you won’t believe the structures they build below. A group of researchers, armed with tons of cement, will show you." Click for the totally astonishing video.

"Thanksgiving Bee Thankful Embroidery Design"

Purportedly: "ladies night" / Flickr - Photo Sharing! on imgfave --> Flickr link no longer connects, however, so I can't track attribution further than that it *appears* to have been taken by Claire Hartley Photography.

"Bee-witched," by Missy, via Flickr. -- "I finally found some time to decorate for Halloween today. son noticed there was this bee on the outside pane of our dining room window that was just sitting there. ...since I was decorating anyway, I couldn't let opportunity pass me by. With black construction paper & my scissors I snipped him out a teeny tiny broomstick, witch boots, & hat and voila, he was ready for his close-up!"

Click through for more gorgeous macro photography featured in the post "Tale of Nature from Vyacheslav Mishchenko."

"The little dance," by Nick Hobgood, via Flickr -- From the taqs, this seems to have been taken in Fiji.

"Carol Ann Duffy – the newest of the bee poets. [Britain's] poet laureate has joined Virgil and Sylvia Plath and plenty inbetween by celebrating the winged saviours in verse." Click through for more on her work and that of others on bees.

From The Green Uptown, a passive park in Charlotte, North Carolina, comes this gem: "With the sounds bees buzzing from camouflaged speakers, these stamped iron tiles are inlaid throughout the brick walkways." Photo by Tiffany Stern.

"Western Cave Conservancy Scientists Discover New Species of Spider [2012] -- The new species was named Trogloraptor marchingtoni after Neil Marchington, a Western Cave Conservancy Advisory Board member, who was the first to spot and collect the spider for identification in M2 Cave in Oregon." -- Click through for links to articles with more information.

Slide 15 of 50 in "Decorating Easter Eggs." -- "Bumble Bees: These insects are spinning a yarn about how they came to bee: quail eggs wrapped in bits of yarn make up the bees, while a larger chicken egg wrapped in yarn stands in for their hive."

"The Largest Moth in the World -- The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago. Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area [upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in)]. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm (10 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier." More info at click-through.

Unnamed Butterfly, posted by Lilly, via Pixdaus