Faust Park: Bugs, a Flower, and More Bugs

Faust Park is part of the St. Louis County Parks System.  I go to it once a year, usually late August or early September.  I’d like to go to it more often but it’s a bit out of the way.  It is unique among other St. Louis County parks in that it has a relationship with the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The Garden maintains a butterfly house on the grounds as well as two outdoor gardens adjacent to the butterfly house.  One is out front and borders a small lake, the other (int the back) has to be accessed by going through the butterfly house.  This garden is fenced off from the general public and you can only gain access by paying admission to the butterfly house.

Both the front and rear garden have a wide variety of plants and flowers with numerous Missouri natives and this abundance and mixed flora attracts a wide variety of insects.  I don’t have a preference for either garden except I do like the layout of the rear garden better.  I think it was the year before last that I drove out to the park for a photo shoot.  As I walked up to the butterfly house it dawned on me that I had forgotten to bring my Missouri Botanical Garden membership ID which gets me in for free.  It’s only $5.00 for non-member seniors but the idea of paying rubbed me the wrong way so I had to settle for just the front garden.  I now carry the ID card in my wallet.

 

I’m pretty sure these next two photos are of a ringed paper wasp, based on the yellow ring near the top of his abdomen.

 

 

A carpenter bee.  As I’ve said before the easiest way to distinguish a carpenter bee from a bumble bee is that the carpenter bee’s abdomen is all black, smooth, and shiny versus the bumble bee’s fuzzy black and yellow abdomen.

 

 

 

Here is the flower referenced in the title to this post.  I’d tell you what kind it is but I don’t know.

 

I think maybe this is a shield bug.  Hard for me to tell at this angle.

 

Milkweed bug nymphs (the little yellow things in the lower left) and some larger red juveniles.

 

 

I’m not sure what this started out as but it appears he is morphing into the fairly rare Reformed Dragonfly.  As you can see he is in the process of turning over a new leaf.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

David

All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

19 thoughts on “Faust Park: Bugs, a Flower, and More Bugs

    • Thanks Ziggy. Carpenter bees tend too aggressively try to chase you away but I’ve never heard of anyone being stung by one. Of course if you’re allergic to bee stings you can’t be too careful.

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  1. Lovely photos! They’re so vivid. We could all use to turn a new leaf. 😊 Have you always been interested in insects, birds and flowers or was it knowledge that you picked up via photography? On the basis of “what am I looking at?”.

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    • Thank you Gabriela. Growing up in a small town I spent a lot of time exploring woods and creeks, building forts and tree platforms, and tree houses. Even spent the night in a tree house we built. Our family tent camped quite a bit and during my first twelve years I probably had more pet turtles and snakes than my grown kids have seen in their life.

      I do have a strong affinity for nature but I’m really not that interested in flowers and insects. I started taking pictures of them because they were readily available as subjects. I do try to look things up and identify the subjects since I’m curious and it only makes sense to share what I learn. But if I can’t ID something fairly quickly, I move on and leave it as unknown for now.

      So, a long answer to a short question and now my question. Will be posting again anytime soon? I’m missing the art history and appreciation lessons you provide. 🙂

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      • Aha, I knew it! This is really inspiring, if you think about it. The fact that we can pick up knowledge from other domains in an organic, natural way via a hobby, activity or profession that we love. Or even through our social interactions, if we’re lucky that way.

        I should have something up within 2 weeks. I’m rather self-conscious about it, as I wouldn’t want to post without first building a daily writing habit. I’ve been terribly inconsistent.

        Anyway, I have some great news in the meantime, you art lover you. If you download the Google Arts & Culture app on your phone, look up paintings and then choose “view in augmented reality” you’re gonna be blown away! You will see the paintings as if they were hanging right in front of you. (mind you, the feature is not working for all the paintings, but plenty of them have it nonetheless) I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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