nathalie with an h suffers from an allergy to wasp stings that rivals my own anaphylactic reaction. You can therefore understand why she has been rather disapproving of my affinity for wasps and the resulting mania with which I’ve posted their photos recently. She certainly has every right to be weary of them (and the spider I need to go rescue from her home before she does something untoward), so I gleefully enjoyed her ribbing me at Starbucks each morning about her not wanting to see more wasp photos.
LD dislikes insects in general. Her own words do better justice to this phobia than any I could write. In an e-mail to me about a horde of critters around their front porch, she said this: “I’m kind of a nut about bugs and ones that fly REALLY freak me out.” While some might think her a bit hysterical, she shares this manic fear with a majority of people. Her feelings on the subject actually are quite normal in the scheme of human responses to insects.
Upon consideration of these two people and their collective view of insects, I felt behooved to share more of my fanaticism in this regard, only this time I want to post creatures I’m sure both of them would enjoy. So, ladies, this is for you!
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui)
Fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea)
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Common buckeye (Junonia coenia)
White checkered-skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
I hope both of you found a wee bit of respite in knowing this marvelous group of creatures offers you some of the most profound beauty and gentility that can be found on our planet.
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 Offering posts involving wasps happens to be something I’ve not yet completed this year, especially of my local cicada killers. Be warned.
 I identified the insect invasion xocobra and LD have near their front door as being the result of eastern boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittata). My dear friends have another month or two before they need to take action on that problem.
 By “bugs,” LD actually means insects and not just true bugs, a subset of the class Insecta.
 True bugs constitute a type of insect in the order Hemiptera. All true bugs have mouthparts capable of piercing tissues and sucking out fluids. In addition, usually their forewings have hardened bases, their antennae are five-segmented, and their leg tarsi are three-segmented or shorter.