Insects as Art

It’s obvious that I’ve developed quite the obsession with insects, right? I was talking to a friend the other day about how often people respond to my insect posts on social media with comments like, “Gross!” or “Bugs are disgusting!”  She told me that her sister works in costume design and whenever they need to create a costume that’s scary, they look to insects for inspiration. Just think about the creatures in the Alien movies and you’ll see that idea put to good use.

If you want to read a little about the science behind why so many of us fear bugs, go here. But I wanted to do my part to show my favorite insects in a way that you can appreciate them, even if you generally don’t like insects. So I’ve been making an effort to take photos of them in pretty settings instead of always cropping them closely to show the details of their beautiful bodies. So I present to you some of my favorite dragonfly photos from recent weeks. Enjoy.

Calico Pennant w sig

Calico Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Twelve-spotted skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Blue Dasher w sig

Blue Dasher obelisking to keep cool

Widow skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Eastern amberwing

Eastern Amberwing, like a golden ballerina

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6 Responses to Insects as Art

  1. Lauren says:

    These are wonderful photos. I love dragonflies. Thank you!

  2. Bron says:

    Those are great pics 🙂

  3. Very Nice! Always fun to photograph Dragonflies!

  4. David Lewis says:

    I love that eastern amberwing shot..cool stuff!

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    On Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 1:45 PM Nature Is My Therapy wrote:

    > Kim Smith posted: “It’s obvious that I’ve developed quite the obsession > with insects, right? I was talking to a friend the other day about how > often people respond to my insect posts on social media with comments like, > “Gross!” or “Bugs are disgusting!” She told me that he” >

  5. Julie Heitz says:

    Fantastic blog Kom!

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