During the COVID shutdown this spring, I had more time to observe and photograph insects in my backyard. Here’s a small selection, from fast-flying long-legged and hover flies to slow-crawling caterpillars. See captions for details.

May 16, 2020. Fast reflexes. A long-legged fly jumping to the flash of the camera.

May 15. The first gulf fritillary larva of this year in the yard.

May 6-10, 2020. Stroke of good luck: Finding a chrysalis of a black swallowtail.

May 5, 2020. I spot an eyespot: eastern eyed click beetles in the yard.

May 5, 2020. Disturbing ant colony makes local anoles happy

April 23-May 3, 2020. Visited by underwing moths – three species in one week

April 25, 2020. The smiley face of a spiny orb-weaver.

April 22, 2020. Hover fly on tropical sage flower.

April 22, 2020. For this Earth Day I invite you to walk with me through a Florida backyard looking at seemingly ordinary life forms through the macro lens.

April 20, 2020. Zebra longwing caterpillar factory.

March 26, 2020. Mating under the chair – zebra longwings.

March 14, 2020. A flying jewel – the black-winged damselfly.