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A Pictorial Ode to Insect Flight

Karl Foord - Extension Educator, Horticulture

This is a smorgasbord of insect flight.

We begin the smorgasbord with a male leaf-cutter bee (Megachile spp.) taking off from a thistle flower.

This is followed by a splendid green metallic bee (Agapostemon spp.) approaching the flower of an obedient plant.

The third entry is a leaf-cutter bee female (Megachile spp.) carrying a leaf folded under her abdomen. She will use this leaf to line her nests.

The fourth entry is one of the checkered skippers (Pyrgus spp.)

The final entry is a 12 spotted skimmer dragonfly (Libellula pulchella)

Music: Mozart - Piano sonata No. 11, Major - I. Andante grazioso; Mozart - Marriage of Figaro - Overture
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  1. SO neat to see these 5 insects in slow motion!

  2. I didn't know that dragonfly wings beat independently of each other. Fascinating!

  3. Fascinating to see how dragonflies beat their wings!

  4. Would make a perfect screensaver w/o music for ofc environment !!

  5. Would love as a screensaver!! hint


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