2023 in invertebrates

Boisduval’s blue butterfly on a weedy geranium, on Santa Cruz Island. (jby)

As a final taxonomic catch-all for my 2023 nature photography, let’s go with … invertebrates? If I’m not taking a photo of a plant, a bird, or a mammal, it’s most likely an insect visiting a flower. I do love a good plant-pollinator interaction. And while larger animals are a challenge to manage well with my 150mm lens, I can frequently catch some nice close images of butterflies nectaring, like the blue above, or the Clodius parnassian below.

Clodius parnassian nectaring along the Pacific Crest Trail south of Stevens Pass, Washington. (jby)

Or, a bumblebee in a more acrobatic pose to collect pollen from a pendant columbine flower.

Bumblebee gathering pollen from a columbine near Monte Cristo, Washington. (jby)

Beyond those obvious subjects, though, I also got some images of charismatic non-pollinators, like a lady beetle that posed on a geranium leaf along a trail on Santa Cruz Island, below.

A lady beetle on a geranium leaf, on Santa Cruz Island. (jby)

I even got beyond insects a couple times: A brightly alert jumping spider on another island trail, and green anemones in the tide pools of a beach on the outer edge of the Olympic Peninsula.

A jumping spider on the trail on Santa Cruz Island. (jby)
A green anemone in a tide pool at Second Beach, Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. (jby)