Photograph of Karner Blue Butterfly- Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of a Dance Fly - family Empididae
Dance Fly - family Empididae
Photograph of Chinese Mantis - Tenodera sinensis
Chinese Mantis - Tenodera sinensis
Photograph of Casebearer Beetle – family Chrysomelidae
Casebearer Beetle – family Chrysomelidae
Photograph of a Firefly - probably Photinus pyralis
Firefly - probably Photinus pyralis
Photograph of Grasshoppers on Red Flowers
Grasshoppers on Red Flowers
Photograph of American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
Photograph of Nursury Web Spider - Pisaurina mira
Nursury Web Spider - Pisaurina mira
Photograph of Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus
Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus
Photograph of Bee Hunter (Robberfly) - genus Laphria
Bee Hunter (Robberfly) - genus Laphria
"Just Visiting" - unidentified gnat in abandoned hornet nest
"Just Visiting" - unidentified gnat in abandoned hornet nest
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of a Lady Bug - family Coccinellidae
Lady Bug - family Coccinellidae
Photograph of Caddisfly (aquatic stage - in case) - order Trichoptera
Caddisfly (aquatic stage - in case) - order Trichoptera
Photograph of Caddisfly (aquatic stage - in case) - order Trichoptera
Caddisfly (aquatic stage - in case) - order Trichoptera
Photograph of American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
Photograph of Honey Bee on Clover - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee on Clover - Apis mellifera
Photograph of a Coral Hairstreak - Satyrium titus
Coral Hairstreak - Satyrium titus
Photograph of Jumping Spider - family Salticidae (?)
Jumping Spider - family Salticidae (?)
Photograph of a Robberfly - family Asilidae (possibly male  Efferia aestuans)
Robberfly - family Asilidae (possibly male Efferia aestuans)
Photograph of Swallowtail Caterpillar - family Papilionidae
Swallowtail Caterpillar - family Papilionidae
Photograph of Luna Moth - Actias luna
Luna Moth - Actias luna
Photograph of Luna Moth Wing Detail - - Actias luna
Luna Moth Wing Detail - - Actias luna
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of American Copper - Lycaena phlaea
American Copper - Lycaena phlaea
Photograph of Snow Fleas - Hypogastrura nivicola
Snow Fleas - Hypogastrura nivicola
Photograph of Snow Fleas - Hypogastrura nivicola
Snow Fleas - Hypogastrura nivicola
Photograph of Ambush Bug with Prey - family Reduviidae
Ambush Bug with Prey - family Reduviidae
Photograph of Common Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Common Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Photograph of Green Lacewing - family Chrysopidae
Green Lacewing - family Chrysopidae
Insects and Spiders
Photograph of Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Photograph of Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of Bee Hunter (Robberfly) - genus Laphria
Bee Hunter (Robberfly) - genus Laphria
Photo of Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Photograph of Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of Tick on Grass Blade - family Ixodidae (?)
Tick on Grass Blade - family Ixodidae (?)
Photograph of Tick on Grass Blade - family Ixodidae (?)
Tick on Grass Blade - family Ixodidae (?)
Photograph of Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Photograph of American Copper - Lycaena phlaea
American Copper - Lycaena phlaea
Photograph of Midge on Trillium Flower - family Chironomidae (?)
Midge on Trillium Flower - family Chironomidae (?)
Photograph of Cicada Hunter - family Crabronidae
Cicada Hunter - family Crabronidae
Photograph of Mantid Fly - family Mantispidae (?)
Mantid Fly - family Mantispidae (?)
Photograph of Ant with Recently Shed WIngs
Ant with Recently Shed WIngs
Photograph of Odonate exuvia
Odonate exuvia
Photograph of Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata
Photograph of Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Photograph of Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Photograph of Blue-black Spider Wasp with Prey - family Pompilidae
Blue-black Spider Wasp with Prey - family Pompilidae
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photographof Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippu
Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippu
Photograph of Walking Stick - family Diapheromeridae
Walking Stick - family Diapheromeridae
Photograph of Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Photograph of Ebony jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata
Ebony jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata
Photograph of Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Eastern Tailed Blue - Cupido comyntas
Photograph of Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Photograph of Monarch Butterfly Caterpiller on Milkweed - Danaus plexippu
Monarch Butterfly Caterpiller on Milkweed - Danaus plexippu
Photograph of Spotted Cucumber Beetle - family Chrysomelidae
Spotted Cucumber Beetle - family Chrysomelidae
Photograph of Green Lacewing - family Chrysopidae
Green Lacewing - family Chrysopidae
Photograph of Clearwing Moth - family Sesiidae
Clearwing Moth - family Sesiidae
Photograph of Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of Unknown Spider
Unknown Spider
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio Glaucus
Photograph of Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Photograph of Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Photograph of American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
Photograph of Spotted Cucumber Beetle - family Chrysomelidae
Spotted Cucumber Beetle - family Chrysomelidae
Photograph of Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Karner Blue - Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Photograph of Thread-waisted Wasp - subfamily Sphecinae
Thread-waisted Wasp - subfamily Sphecinae
Photograph of Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus
Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus
Photograph of a Red Eyed Fly - family unknown
Red Eyed Fly - family unknown
Photograph of Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Photograph of Edwards's Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
Edwards's Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
Photograph of European Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
European Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
Photograph of Unknown Grasshopper on Dried Flower
Unknown Grasshopper on Dried Flower
Photograph of Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata
Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculat
Photograph of Cicada - family Cicadidae
Cicada - family Cicadidae
Photograph of Black Swallowtail - Battus philenor
Black Swallowtail - Battus philenor
Photograph of Jumping Spider with Prey - family Salticidae (?)
Jumping Spider with Prey - family Salticidae (?)
Photograph of Mating Grasshoppers
Mating Grasshoippers
Photograph of a Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Flesh Fly - family Sarcophagidae (?)
Stinkbug - Extreme Macro
Stinkbug - Extreme Macro

Insects and spiders - and more! This gallery features photos of  insects and arthropods generally from southwest Michigan. The only insects you won't find here are dragonflies - who hae their own gallery.

In general I have attempted to identify the insect to at least the taxonomic family level to the best of my abilities. But I'm not an entomologist and identifications from photos is always a little iffy - so please do not consider my identifications to be authoritative at all. Hopefully they will point you in the right direction, though. 

Enjoy!

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