Insects

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Pray for Us

Praying mantis enjoying the comfort of an empty bird feeder

Early civilizations including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and Assyria believed mantises had supernatural powers.

This White Admiral Butterfly flew low toward the side of my car. I saw it too late to react and wondered whether it made it the full distance underneath before the back tires crushed it. Arriving at my destination less than a quarter-mile away, I parked and walked around the front of the vehicle.

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By some miracle, the butterfly moved on the asphalt; awake, dazed and wobbly, but walking…yes, walking away from me across an open expanse of the parking lot. I apologized. I took this photo and proceeded on my way. About an hour later I returned, but it was gone leaving me to wonder, “Did it walk or fly away?”

Drunken Bee

I followed a bee gathering pollen from the flowers.
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It moved heavily from one to the next unaware of my existence.
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Engrossed in its quest to find pollen,
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A drunken bee emerged, its body covered as cotton rubbed on sandpaper.
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