Insects? Beautiful? What?! This is the typical reaction from most people when “beautiful” and “insects” are used in the same sentence but honestly, if you take a close look, there are plenty of beautiful insects in southern Texas, and a lot of them are out there in the garden.
Their small size makes it easy to overlook the colors and patterns shown by insects but take a close look and you just might be amazed. Recently, I did some work with a macro lens on insects that were visiting flowers and it was an eye-opening experience.
The Green Sweat Bee doesn’t sting and it doesn’t make honey. This solitary bee species collects pollen and nectar and has brilliant shining emerald green colors.
Various beetles also visit flowers and several of them show shades of yellow, black, red, and other colors.
I didn’t have to go far to look for interesting insects either. Although some look pretty average when seen with the naked eye, up close, most of them show exquisite details.
There are also caterpillars to see.
Other wasp and bee species also showed up at the flowers.
The next time you visit a wildlife refuge or your own garden, take a close look at the insects that come to the flowers and hide in the foliage. You might be surprised at what you find!