This hoverfly seemed more interested in licking my hand clean than doing any actual hovering. I found it while camping.
Looking like a yellowjacket, it must not have many natural enemies — either that, or it was desperately hungry — because I was able to pick it up by the wing from my friend’s leg without it getting agitated. It just crawled up onto my thumb.
I let go of its wing when I realized that it had no intention of leaving.
Something about this type of spider, with its long and thin legs, is a little creepy to me.
This one inhabited my bulkhead, which is slowly rusting.
I’m not exactly sure what type of fly this is, but it met enough of criteria for a good photo subject:
- I’ve never seen one before
- it’s larger than “average”
- it let me approach
I’m glad that humans are much larger than beetles.
This is a stag beetle, a proud member of the beetle family with the big (and usually very intricate) jaws.