Bees are Not Bugs

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bugs by jansenphotojansenphoto (Dutch goes the Photo!)

This week’s theme is Bugs! Creepy, crawly, beautiful or inspiring, bring them all! Of course, no challenge would be in this list, unless you could take a very different view of it…

The theme for Frank’s weekly photo challenge is “bugs”. The featured photo for this post is of a bee. Bees are not bugs.

As I mentioned in a comment when Frank published the post with the theme, all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Well, that’s not entirely true. Computer software bugs are not insects but as everyone knows they are just as annoying.

True bugs are listed within the order called Hemiptera. Insects in this order are different from other insect orders, such as Hymenoptera (ants and bees), Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), or Diptera (flies and mosquitoes). Ask A Biologist

I think the word bug is shorthand for “I think this thing is a nuisance“ or “I am shit-my-pants scared of this thing“. Some people like my wife see a cockroach and immediately fall apart like a four-year-old who just dropped an ice-cream cone to the floor. I think it’s learned behaviour. That same four-year-old is likely to be fearless when confronted with spiders, grasshoppers and daddy-long-legs. The insect is more at risk from unintentional death-by-curiosity in that scenario.

Some people are annoyed enough to swat every insect they encounter even if that insect is in the middle of the forest. I have a general rule. Unless I’m at threat of physical harm I leave the insect alone and I try my best to remove them (or myself) safely away from the area. My kids know that they are not allowed to kill insects that “re-occupy” our home.

I knew that it would be a challenge to find insects to photograph this weekend. It rained yesterday and this morning and I fully expected I would see nothing. But this morning while I was at the farmer’s market looking at the sunflowers I noticed this bee enjoying breakfast. Since this is a bee, not a bug, I technically failed the challenge. But there a few buyers who were bugging out over the buzzing.

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

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  • Khürt Williams
    18th July 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Thanks Stacey.

  • Khürt Williams
    17th July 2017 at 9:39 AM

    JetPack handles the "Like" button. I disabled the JetPack module and tried to re-enable it. Got the following error. I have been troubling shooting for a few hours but I have no resolution. I am not sure what's causing the issue but it's definitely isolated to JetPack.

    Error Details: The Jetpack server could not communicate with your site's XML-RPC URL. Please check to make sure is working properly.

    It should show 'XML-RPC server accepts POST requests only.' on a line by itself when viewed in a browser and should not have any blank lines or extra output anywhere.

    Find out how to fix this issue here:

  • frankhubeny
    17th July 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Nice closeup. I liked how the green below cradled the "bug".

  • judithreid
    17th July 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Fab photo. This is my LIKE 🙂

    • Khürt Williams
      17th July 2017 at 8:16 AM

      Hi Judith, if you have some time can you check if the like button works now? I've disabled and re-enabled Jetpack.

      • judithreid
        17th July 2017 at 9:51 AM

        Hi Khurt - there is no option to like at all now. It's not even saying "Loading". All I can now see if your wonderful post followed by the comment section.
        Frustrating or what for you !! (Technology eh?!!)

        • Khürt Williams
          17th July 2017 at 9:43 PM

          It should all be working now. It was a plugin issue. I removed the offending plugin.

  • Sam
    17th July 2017 at 2:41 AM

    Awesome shot! As others have said, unable to "like" because the button seems stuck 🙁

  • jansenphoto
    16th July 2017 at 8:40 PM

    That is just an amazing photo, Khürt!!

  • smilecalm
    16th July 2017 at 1:56 PM

    i like the bee
    upon its flower
    very much 🙂

  • Sherry Felix
    16th July 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Your like button is not loading. Tell WP support. Love the piece of sunflower.

    • Khürt Williams
      16th July 2017 at 1:45 PM

      Not again!!

    • Khürt Williams
      19th July 2017 at 6:14 AM

      The "Like" button has been fixed.

  • Stacey Divone
    16th July 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Beautiful picture!

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