There are more than 1 million species of insects in the world. They are the most diverse group of organisms on earth, and insects are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet! The students at Blue Church Art celebrate the colorful insect world with their drawings and paintings of Beautiful Bugs.
These colorful "rainbow" grasshoppers are common throughout the Great Plains and southward to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas:
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These little green grasshoppers look more like the ones we see around here:
A cute grasshopper closeup:
This amazing closeup was made using colored pencil and pastel:
These mesquite bugs get their name from the mesquite trees that they feed on:
These drawings show why mesquites are called "leaf footed" bugs
The praying mantis gets its name from the way its front legs are bent in a "praying" position. Here are two lovely mantises in silhouette against the setting sun:
Two praying mantises who look like they're dancing...
Three unique "fantasy" bugs created with colored pencil:
...and a beautiful insect called a "Picasso" bug!
Everyone's favorite- the ladybug!
Another favorite- a firefly, a.k.a. lightening bug:
The Spotted Lanternfly has invaded our part of Pennsylvania big time. It causes serious damage to trees and is just a general nuisance, swarming in huge numbers. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful bug, and one of the Blue Church Art students created a very nice drawing of this most unfavorite bug:
Another unfavorite bug, the cockroach! A not-so-beautiful bug.This one is hanging out in someone's kitchen:
Not sure what type these bugs are, but they are gorgeous!:
"Wasp" moths have translucent wings:
A lovely grey and pink "Hubbard" moth:
A delicate damselfly:
...and two bright blue winged insects:
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula:
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