The insects on this page include many types of flies, cicadas, and grasshoppers.

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Female spring fishfly.
[With its wings folded on its back, this is a rectangular-shaped critter. Its toothed antenna are slightly longer than its legs. It has relatively large eyes on its purplish-brown head. Its wings are ridges and have shades of yellow amid the purple brown.]

A closer view of the fishfly with its toothed antenna.
[A view of the head showing the toothed antenna which have slight hooks at the end. The eyes stick out from the sides of the head. The four front legs are visible and appear to be segmented.]

The underside of what I believe to be a male spring fishfly. Its antennas are comb-like.
[The fishfly is on the outside of a screened window and the camera was on the inside, so there is a screen between the camera and the fly. This photo focuses on the head and upper body  which is upside-down as the fly was crawling down the screen. The antennas are long and have comb-like teeth on the inner portions. Two black eyes stick out from the sides of the head.]

This cicada flew to my window screen. Those black bulges at the top are its eyes.
[The photograph was shot from the inside so the screen is between the camera and the cicada and creates a black-outlined grid across the image. The cicada is climbing up the screen and has clear wings which are twice its body length. Four of its brown legs are visible and extend beyond the sides of its body by a significant length. The underside of the body appears to be light purple and the back end decreases in width to a point. At the outer edges of the top of its head are the two black protrusions of its eyes.]

Cicada on a chain-link fence.
[A close right-side view of the nearly upside-down cicada holding the metal with its six tan-colored legs. The wings are green at the edge attached to the body. The veins in the wing are rust-colored while the rest is clear. One bulging blueberry-like eye is visible at the front of its head. The body is visible through the clear wing.]

A cicada nymph (the stage before it becomes a flyer).
[The nymph is all brown and perched upward on a downward-hanging, long narrow leaf. This left-side view displays one large eye which reflects the light suggesting a liquidy glasses substance. It has a large claw at the end of its front leg.]

Coastal lyric cicada. Differs from the prior cicada in that it has a black section between the head and the body.
[The cicada is on a white exterior wall. It has dark eyes, a black semicircular band between the head and body, and black and green sections on its head and body. The innermost edges of its wings are green. Its legs are mostly clear as they transition to light brown.]

The cicada had recently emerged from the nymph shell. There is a slit in the middle of the back of the shell through which the cicada emerged. It then unfolded its wings and body and solidified all parts before moving on and leaving the shell.
[The cicada is on the left and a brownish glossy shell which looks like another creature is on the right. Both are stuck to the wall. The shell is just the body and feet.]

This blow fly is quite colorful.
[The fly's six black legs are attached to the end of a thin branch on the left side. The fly has large red eyes and clear wings.  The body is an irridescent blue, purple, and green and has several thin black rings around it. The light and photographic detail are such that many small 'hairs' around the front and back ends of the body are visible.]

Blue bottlefly
[The fly stands on a round thick green leaf making its dark legs visible. The fly has large greenish-brown eyes which appear to be half-moon shape rather than round. It seems to have a pointy triangular nose hanging from the bottom of its head. Its wings are clear.  The body is an irridescent blue with orange just behind the head.]

Flesh flies have stripes on their bodies.
[The fly stands on the yellow center of a flower. There appears to be a black stripe between the eyes of the fly. There are also several black strips on its brown upper body. The fly has clear wings.]

A flesh fly atop a foxtail.
[The fly stands on the top of the plant with all the spikes fanning out of the cylinder below it. The light hits the fly such that one one appears white while the other is clear. The think black stripes on the light-colored body are visible as are the brown eyes.]

A robber fly eating a flesh fly.
[The robber fly holds the flesh fly such that the striped back and reddish eyes of the flesh fly are visible. The robber fly has huge emerald-like green eyes and a long cylindrical body. Its shortest legs are nearly twice the length of the flesh fly.]

Although the body shaping and color are similar to a wasp, this is a long-legged fly.
[The fly is perched on a dark green leaf which makes its sparkly-gold body visible. The back section of the body is gold with black stripes similar to the coloring of a bees body. The fly faces away from the camera, so only the tops of its eyes are visible. ]

Another type of long-legged fly.
[The fly is perched on a green leaf. The front section of the body is gold. The back section is greenish-blue with black stripes around the body at regular intervals.The fly's brown eyes are visible on the front of its head. ]

[The fly is perched on a thin green stem. It has two large brown eyes. The middle segment of its body is black. The hind segment is yellow and with a repeating pattern of black stripes and dots. Its wings are clear, but appear to have tinges of pink due to the lighting.]

Mating flies.
[A smaller fly is perched on the back of a slightly larger fly. Both have two large brown eyes and yellow and black striped bodies. The lower fly is standing on a bent blade of grass.]

Two different bee flies.
[A yellow bee with thin black stripes on the back of its body. It's wings are brown and its dark legs are visible as it hangs on the side of a light green plant leaf.] [This is a top-down view of the fly. It has two-toned wings. The portion closest to its body is brown while the rest of the wing is clear. The body of the fly is a fuzzy yellow-orange color with some brown patches in the center. It has large brown eyes at the front of its body. It's perched on a leaf with tears in it.]

The 'face' of a bee fly.
[This fly faces the camera so its large brown eyes and what appears to be a long nose section are visible. The body of the fly is a fuzzy yellow-orange color with some brown patches in the center. It's perched on a flower with a yellow center and many short white petals.]

I've not yet identified this flying critter.
[The small rectangular insect with long black antennas is perched near the end of a blade of grass. Its body consists of yellow, brown alternating sections. It has those two colors and some off-white sections on its head.]

This grasshopper was attached to the outside of a second-floor window pane, so it was alive although it looks a bit mummified.
[Right and underside view of a brown grasshopper with its head and antenna facing upward as it is stuck to the glass of the window. The bright sunlight washes out the color, but it appears there are stripes on the rear legs. The window glass is speckled with dirt, but most of the grasshopper is clearly visible.]

I believe this to be a young grasshopper because of its very short wings.
[Top-down view of a light brown grasshopper with nearly translucent legs perched on a dried brown leaf on the ground. The wings cover barely a quarter of the back part of its body.]

This might be a more mature version of the prior grasshopper.
[This grasshopper has slightly longer antenna and its body and medium-length wings (slightly longer than the ones in the prior image) are light green. The back end of its body beyond the wings and its legs are a similar tan color of the prior grasshopper image. Both have sparkly brown eyes.]

A grasshopper
[Side view of a grasshopper with its head and antenna facing upward as it is perched on a leaf which is hanging at an angle. Its body is mostly green. Its legs have wide black stripes which run across the bent legs in several bands. The tips of its feet are also dark. The relatively short antenna are a light yellow.]

Eastern lubber grasshopper I saw on a railing during one morning exercise jaunt.
(Photo taken with my phone camera.)
[Side view of a grasshopper with its head and antenna facing right. Its body section in the back is dark with orangish coloring on the segments between the black giving it a striped effect. There are also color graduations, brown, black, and red, on other part of its body making this a rather festive-looking creature.]

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