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"While taking photos at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro (Pa.) early one morning I found this bee 'getting breakfast.' This was the most cooperative bee. Initially, I was not going to photograph it because I felt that by the time I switched lens and composed the shot the bee would move to another flower. Not this bee, it alighted on a blossom and remained," wrote Doris Burdick, 65, of Greencastle, Pa., in an e-mail.
"Well, you know summer is finally over when you see woolly bears. My son and I were out mowing grass when I almost ran over him! So we picked him up and decided to take a few pictures of him. Then my son Chaise said it's time to let you go ... and he put him in a tree," wrote Melissa Smith, who lives west of Hagerstown.
Thelma Wagner, who lives east of Hancock, used a Kodak EasyShare to photograph this praying mantis on a tree behind her clothesline in mid-October. "Last year, while hanging up clothes, I took a picture of a small green snake in the same tree ... I now call it my posing tree," she wrote in an e-mail.
Joe Wojcicky, 61, of Marlowe, W.Va., photographed this moth with a 3 1/2-inch wingspan in July in his backyard, then saw some information about this species, an Io, in his Birds & Blooms magazine. The "eyes" on its back are used to scare away its predators, he wrote. The moths die in about a week. They have no mouths.
Jim Davis, of State Line, Pa., was cutting bee balm in his flower garden around early October when he noticed this praying mantis sitting on a rock. "I used my Nikon Coolpix S550 for the shot. I thought the praying mantis was getting a little irritated by the way he was staring at me," Davis wrote in an e-mail.
John Winger used his Blackberry phone to catch this praying mantis near Hagerstown's City Park on Sept. 7. "This praying mantis hitched a ride on my wife's bag. After a brief flight, she (the mantis) landed on the greenery. She was heavy with expectant young," Winger wrote.
Patty Murray, 43, of McConnellsburg, Pa., used a Polaroid digital camera on Sept. 4 to photograph this stick bug, which was about 3 inches long. The bug was under the deck on the side of the dog's water dish. "That was the biggest stick bug I've ever seen," Murray wrote.