What's Love Got To Do With It?

Mating is a means of survival in nature and often not caught on camera. Check out these photos and learn about the various survival techniques of common insects. All photos © Chuck Pearson.

It's not always easy to spot a cabbage white. In their adult stage they are bright white, but when a female lays her egg she hides it on the underside of a leaf. Explore your backyard and you might find one - they love gardens!

Differential grasshoppers love plants. In fact, they sometimes travel miles to search for the best food. They eat both the stems and leaves, and can feed their way through entire fields.

When American carrion beetles find a good food source, they take advantage of it - they eat, then mate and lay their eggs all in the same place!

We love loosestrife leaf beetles because they help provide healthier natural areas. They feed on purple loosestrife, an invasive plant, and prevent it from competing with our native plants.

Soon we'll hear the sounds of spring! Carolina locusts are only two inches long, but can create a lot of noise. They travel in large groups called swarms and buzz when in flight.

If you want to see silver spotted skippers in your garden, add some blue, purple, pink, or red flowers!

The Viceroy butterfly is a Batesian mimic of the monarch butterfly. The non-toxic Viceroy copies the appearance of the toxic monarch to keep predators away. Do you love its bright orange color?


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