A Green Bee

Father Pitt believes this is Agapostemon virescens. The world of entomology is one old Pa Pitt wishes he had entered into earlier; a whole universe of fascinating wildlife surrounds us, and some of these animals are shockingly beautiful. The flower is a Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis).

Bee on Goldenrod

Goldenrod is everywhere in September, which makes the bees very happy. Here we see a bee having the time of her life with a Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima).

Butterflies in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Thousands of drawers like these are in the Carnegie, one of the world’s top natural-history museums. Every once in a while the curators take out a few drawers from the bug collection and display them on the wall near the Grand Staircase.


A caterpillar of the Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae) crawls through the leaves.

Differential Grasshopper

A Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis) on a seedhead of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) in Schenley Park. These grasshoppers are sometimes destructive to crops, but they can have all the Queen Anne’s Lace they want. There’s plenty to go around.

Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS (hacked).