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Garden Insects: Six Legs, Eight Legs, a Million Legs, No Legs!

Updated on March 28, 2014
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Critters: Big and small

It is a big world for us and much much bigger for the small earth crawlers and the light winged wonders. Neither their sizes matter when it comes to photography. I wish I have an expensive camera with a much amazing macro lens for I love zooming in on my subjects especially the insects. You will find here some of the common insects that are easy to spot in gardens and I have included a couple of critters like the snail and a snake.

Briefly...

Insects multiply very rapidly and millions occupy all kinds of spaces in the world where it becomes their breeding place, be it land or in water. There are more than a million species of insects and this number is never ending. They are out there building nests of new communities of their kind and yet so many still to be discovered in every corner of the world.


Photos of some common critters.

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The spiders are like campers. Campers roll up their tents when they are done; the spiders do not leave old webs behind, their webs are neatly rolled and chewed.Spiders are not picky with the insects they eat. Pests and all different types of insects are good appetizers.No spider bite is painless; you will feel immediate pain. Some bites are very painful and some bites are fatal to both animals and humans. The very fragile Daddy Long Legs.Though a centipede is a speedy carnivore, it has very poor eyesight and look and feel rubbery. A centipede's venom can be a killer to dogs. A golden bumble bee on a Black-eyed SusanA Harlequin ladybug found on the beach.Japanese beetleA male Ruby Meadowhawk Dragonfly, on the boardwalk in the wetlands area of Algonquin Provincial Park in Whitney, north Ontario. My favourite past time during my childhood is chasing and catching grasshoppers in varied shades and sizes from baby to full adult grasshoppers under the heat of the sun.The first appearance of a Monarch caterpillar in our backyard garden. It a feeling of excitement since our garden's purpose was to plant flowers that would attract butterflies.Now, a beautiful Monarch in our garden feeding on Milkweed.A lost crippled Monarch on a hot ground in Algonquin.Black Swallow-Tail on the open field.A red-orange lady beetle in my kitchen.  How the Ladybug got its name: During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. A bumble bee in Great Hawk Lake.Little critters sharing a piece.A young red ant. Ants also store their eggs underground.Good morning, fella! White-Lipped Banded Snail is about 16 mm wide and can be all yellow, but usually there are a number of darker bands in variable colours and numbers.Ground beetles are specialist predators of snails. These large beetles are also flightless.Milkweed bugMilkweed bugs on a common purple thistle.Male (smaller sex) have two black stripes on the abdomen while the female have one black stripe and two black dots and are always larger than their mates.Muffet likes earthworms, not spiders.Carabidae or Ground beetleWoodlouse (Woodlice) eat rotting plants and fungi. It can roll up into a small ball the size of a pill as protection, hence the nickname 'pill bug'.A jumbo mosquitoBlack ants love tasty nectar like this one of a garlic flower.There are two types of cucumber beetles, the striped and the spotted. This is an adult striped cucumber beetle. Their preferred food are cucumbers, squashes, and melons.An adult cucumber beetle likes yellow food.Just another bumble beeBright orange hairy moth caterpillarI love dragonflies!A bumble bee's sunshine delight from a sunflower.WaspA red centipede bite is mean and stings from its stinger with venom just similar to a scorpion.Bright coloured Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles are destructive plant pests. Among the plants most commonly damaged are rose, grape, crabapple, and beans. The most common wasps are yellow jackets, bald faced hornets and paper wasps.The jaws of the centipede are less harmful and hardly penetrate on human skin. The stinger is what to avoid. Centipedes can also be fatal to dogs.Black ants enjoying the best they could find that day.Some fuzzy caterpillars are harmless; others have prickly thin hair that could cause rashes to swell if not treated immediately.A fuzzy caterpillarA moth caterpillarBumble bees were abundant in the urban garden. These bumble bees were a delight to see and watch as they hover and land on top of flowers.A hovering bumble beeThis little snail tried to cross the other side of the trail path. Just nearby, many other small snails were squashed by bikers using the trail. So, we  picked this slow fella safely out of the way.Bumble bees on a dandelionPlayful faint shaded butterfliesBaby snailBlack waspThis is a female ladybug. Female ladybugs are larger than the male.Park beetleThis snake was sunbathing in summer at a park. This snake and a few others of its kind were harmless and quite easy to grab.
The spiders are like campers. Campers roll up their tents when they are done; the spiders do not leave old webs behind, their webs are neatly rolled and chewed.
The spiders are like campers. Campers roll up their tents when they are done; the spiders do not leave old webs behind, their webs are neatly rolled and chewed. | Source
Spiders are not picky with the insects they eat. Pests and all different types of insects are good appetizers.
Spiders are not picky with the insects they eat. Pests and all different types of insects are good appetizers. | Source
No spider bite is painless; you will feel immediate pain. Some bites are very painful and some bites are fatal to both animals and humans.
No spider bite is painless; you will feel immediate pain. Some bites are very painful and some bites are fatal to both animals and humans. | Source
The very fragile Daddy Long Legs.
The very fragile Daddy Long Legs. | Source
Though a centipede is a speedy carnivore, it has very poor eyesight and look and feel rubbery. A centipede's venom can be a killer to dogs.
Though a centipede is a speedy carnivore, it has very poor eyesight and look and feel rubbery. A centipede's venom can be a killer to dogs. | Source
A golden bumble bee on a Black-eyed Susan
A golden bumble bee on a Black-eyed Susan | Source
A Harlequin ladybug found on the beach.
A Harlequin ladybug found on the beach. | Source
Japanese beetle
Japanese beetle | Source
A male Ruby Meadowhawk Dragonfly, on the boardwalk in the wetlands area of Algonquin Provincial Park in Whitney, north Ontario.
A male Ruby Meadowhawk Dragonfly, on the boardwalk in the wetlands area of Algonquin Provincial Park in Whitney, north Ontario. | Source
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My favourite past time during my childhood is chasing and catching grasshoppers in varied shades and sizes from baby to full adult grasshoppers under the heat of the sun.
My favourite past time during my childhood is chasing and catching grasshoppers in varied shades and sizes from baby to full adult grasshoppers under the heat of the sun. | Source
The first appearance of a Monarch caterpillar in our backyard garden. It a feeling of excitement since our garden's purpose was to plant flowers that would attract butterflies.
The first appearance of a Monarch caterpillar in our backyard garden. It a feeling of excitement since our garden's purpose was to plant flowers that would attract butterflies. | Source
Now, a beautiful Monarch in our garden feeding on Milkweed.
Now, a beautiful Monarch in our garden feeding on Milkweed. | Source
A lost crippled Monarch on a hot ground in Algonquin.
A lost crippled Monarch on a hot ground in Algonquin. | Source
Black Swallow-Tail on the open field.
Black Swallow-Tail on the open field. | Source
A red-orange lady beetle in my kitchen.  How the Ladybug got its name: During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops.
A red-orange lady beetle in my kitchen. How the Ladybug got its name: During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. | Source
A bumble bee in Great Hawk Lake.
A bumble bee in Great Hawk Lake. | Source
Little critters sharing a piece.
Little critters sharing a piece. | Source
A young red ant. Ants also store their eggs underground.
A young red ant. Ants also store their eggs underground. | Source
Good morning, fella! White-Lipped Banded Snail is about 16 mm wide and can be all yellow, but usually there are a number of darker bands in variable colours and numbers.
Good morning, fella! White-Lipped Banded Snail is about 16 mm wide and can be all yellow, but usually there are a number of darker bands in variable colours and numbers. | Source
Ground beetles are specialist predators of snails. These large beetles are also flightless.
Ground beetles are specialist predators of snails. These large beetles are also flightless. | Source
Milkweed bug
Milkweed bug | Source
Milkweed bugs on a common purple thistle.
Milkweed bugs on a common purple thistle. | Source
Male (smaller sex) have two black stripes on the abdomen while the female have one black stripe and two black dots and are always larger than their mates.
Male (smaller sex) have two black stripes on the abdomen while the female have one black stripe and two black dots and are always larger than their mates. | Source
Muffet likes earthworms, not spiders.
Muffet likes earthworms, not spiders. | Source
Carabidae or Ground beetle
Carabidae or Ground beetle | Source
Woodlouse (Woodlice) eat rotting plants and fungi. It can roll up into a small ball the size of a pill as protection, hence the nickname 'pill bug'.
Woodlouse (Woodlice) eat rotting plants and fungi. It can roll up into a small ball the size of a pill as protection, hence the nickname 'pill bug'. | Source
A jumbo mosquito
A jumbo mosquito | Source
Black ants love tasty nectar like this one of a garlic flower.
Black ants love tasty nectar like this one of a garlic flower. | Source
There are two types of cucumber beetles, the striped and the spotted. This is an adult striped cucumber beetle. Their preferred food are cucumbers, squashes, and melons.
There are two types of cucumber beetles, the striped and the spotted. This is an adult striped cucumber beetle. Their preferred food are cucumbers, squashes, and melons. | Source
An adult cucumber beetle likes yellow food.
An adult cucumber beetle likes yellow food. | Source
Just another bumble bee
Just another bumble bee | Source
Bright orange hairy moth caterpillar
Bright orange hairy moth caterpillar | Source
I love dragonflies!
I love dragonflies! | Source
A bumble bee's sunshine delight from a sunflower.
A bumble bee's sunshine delight from a sunflower. | Source
Wasp
Wasp | Source
A red centipede bite is mean and stings from its stinger with venom just similar to a scorpion.
A red centipede bite is mean and stings from its stinger with venom just similar to a scorpion. | Source
Bright coloured Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles are destructive plant pests. Among the plants most commonly damaged are rose, grape, crabapple, and beans.
Bright coloured Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles are destructive plant pests. Among the plants most commonly damaged are rose, grape, crabapple, and beans. | Source
The most common wasps are yellow jackets, bald faced hornets and paper wasps.
The most common wasps are yellow jackets, bald faced hornets and paper wasps. | Source
The jaws of the centipede are less harmful and hardly penetrate on human skin. The stinger is what to avoid. Centipedes can also be fatal to dogs.
The jaws of the centipede are less harmful and hardly penetrate on human skin. The stinger is what to avoid. Centipedes can also be fatal to dogs. | Source
Black ants enjoying the best they could find that day.
Black ants enjoying the best they could find that day. | Source
Some fuzzy caterpillars are harmless; others have prickly thin hair that could cause rashes to swell if not treated immediately.
Some fuzzy caterpillars are harmless; others have prickly thin hair that could cause rashes to swell if not treated immediately. | Source
A fuzzy caterpillar
A fuzzy caterpillar | Source
A moth caterpillar
A moth caterpillar | Source
Bumble bees were abundant in the urban garden. These bumble bees were a delight to see and watch as they hover and land on top of flowers.
Bumble bees were abundant in the urban garden. These bumble bees were a delight to see and watch as they hover and land on top of flowers. | Source
A hovering bumble bee
A hovering bumble bee | Source
This little snail tried to cross the other side of the trail path. Just nearby, many other small snails were squashed by bikers using the trail. So, we  picked this slow fella safely out of the way.
This little snail tried to cross the other side of the trail path. Just nearby, many other small snails were squashed by bikers using the trail. So, we picked this slow fella safely out of the way. | Source
Bumble bees on a dandelion
Bumble bees on a dandelion | Source
Playful faint shaded butterflies
Playful faint shaded butterflies | Source
Baby snail
Baby snail | Source
Black wasp
Black wasp | Source
This is a female ladybug. Female ladybugs are larger than the male.
This is a female ladybug. Female ladybugs are larger than the male. | Source
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Park beetle
Park beetle | Source
This snake was sunbathing in summer at a park. This snake and a few others of its kind were harmless and quite easy to grab.
This snake was sunbathing in summer at a park. This snake and a few others of its kind were harmless and quite easy to grab. | Source

On interest about insects.

Insects in general are very interesting from where they come from, how they live and their lifespan, their reproduction series and how beautiful and colourful they are. While insects could fear us (that is why butterflies fly away), humans fear them too. Gladly, I do not fear them. I am only frightened of chickens and birds! We do not want to hurt them but some could just really be a bug! But it is us who bug the bugs instead. Almost all of the bugs are harmless to human unless threatened and bugs can be avoided by maintaining a clean surrounding. To the Buddhist to hurt the tiniest insect is forbidden that is why they are not capable of hurting any living thing.

Insects have 6 legs. Spiders are not insects. Spiders have 8 legs and is an arachnid (a type of arthropod). Centipedes and millipedes are made up of multiple wiggly legs and these little leggy critters are also not insects but are called arthropods. As these centipedes and millipedes grow, a number of 2 legs are added per body segment. So, the longer they grow the more legs! Is not that convenient? Interestingly, I have played with millipedes in my childhood. We call them ‘train-train’, exactly, like a toy train. Unlike playing with an odourless toy train, the millipedes secrete an awful smell. That is its way of telling to live it alone.

"...along came a spider who sat down beside her, and frightened Miss Muffet away!" is a famous nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" recited hundreds of years and has lived till to this day in my household. My fifteen year old daughter named Muffet is so afraid of spiders that she is the only one who can spot them at home. "Kill it! Kill it!" she would scream. "All living things have to go through the circle of life and spiders cannot all be harmful, but also useful." I explained. I’d pick up the fragile poor fellow and free it in the backyard. Her being observant is cultivated out of fear of spiders.

How do you like 'em little critters?

Be camera ready and catch them in a snap.

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      saldriass 2 years ago from morocco

      insects are need for this world .

      for me i loved always to see Hornets and have theme as pets even its hard but i will give it a try especially Bald faced hornets http://www.baldfacedhornet.net/

      they are really amazing and cute

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      Eva Söderholm 4 years ago from Naantali, Finland

      Thanks for a great article and awesome photos! Insects are truly fascinating, I think, when having got macro-shots of them. Seeing some little real bugs on my monitor is like a great adventure in a world never seen before. Isn't it pitty they've got such a negative reputation in our computers? ;)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      They are indeed interesting creatures but I'd rather leave them alone. I'm scared of anything that crawls (sad face me) but I love your photos. They are so full of life!

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      missy 5 years ago

      AAAHHHHH!!! this give me the shudders! spiders and hairy caterpillars and if i may add, cockroaches, will be the cause of my early death..LOL.

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