Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

I have some photos of delicate things, but they also remind us of how delicate their existence is, and how important it is for us humans to be aware of our impact on them.

A little praying mantis on the wall

A little praying mantis on the wall

Praying mantis are useful insects for any gardener, so we were happy to see they live in this area.

Just a beautiful little butterfly in the plants.

Just a beautiful little butterfly in the plants.

a bit of a spider's web with dew, taken in the early morning light with my macro lens.

a bit of a spider’s web with dew, taken in the early morning light with my macro lens.

A butterfly so delicate it has a torn wing

A butterfly so delicate it has a torn wing

the underside of a very tiny spider, so small it's hard to see the detail with the naked eye. This was taken with my macro lens.

the underside of a very tiny spider, so small it’s hard to see the detail with the naked eye. This was taken with my macro lens.

A spider's web covered with dew in the woods, caught in the first rays of the morning sunlight

A spider’s web covered with dew in the woods, caught in the first rays of the morning sunlight

I think this is the tiniest bee I've ever seen. It was on an equally tiny, delicate twig of grass.  This was taken with my macro lens.  I think the bee was less than 1/8 inch long.

I think this is the tiniest bee I’ve ever seen. It was on an equally tiny, delicate twig of grass. This was taken with my macro lens. I think the bee was less than 1/8 inch long.

Our relationship with insects is delicate. We often do not realize the damage we do when we use chemicals or alter their living environment. Bees are especially critical because without their pollination, we would be without the vast majority of our fruits and vegetables. Here on our house we have a hive of very tiny black bees. Some of my neighbors are afraid of them and don’t understand why I don’t get rid of them, but they are not aggressive and haven’t been a problem.  I spotted some of them working on this squash blossom nearby.

Tiny black bees in a squash blossom. These bees are not much more than 1/4 inch long.

Tiny black bees in a squash blossom. These bees are not much more than 1/4 inch long.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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12 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

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  2. indacampo says:

    I have some of those little tiny black bees on my vine growing on the fence. It has red flowers that look somewhat like a passionflower. I also leave them alone to do their polinating because they are not agressive. I work around the plant with no problem.

    Your pictures are gorgeous! Keep going with the photography!

    Karen

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    • kristc99 says:

      I was a beekeeper in the US so I’m probably much more comfortable with bees than most people. The black bees here seem much more docile than the honey bees I worked with. Thanks for the compliment on my photos 🙂

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  3. Great photos. I love photos of plants and bugs, especially with your macro lense.

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  4. thephotoseye says:

    These are wonderful!

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  6. Livonne says:

    Stunning photos.. The butterfly with the torn wing is the epitome of delicate. Thank you for sharing them 🙂

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  7. I’ve weeded my garden right under azalea bushes full of honey bees and they all stayed in the flowers and never bothered me.

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