The following photos were taken during a month long vacation in North Carolina during May of 2005. All were taken using my Olympus D-550 Zoom digital camera. It is a dated 3.0 megapixel camera, but still is capable of getting some really nice photos.

Suicidal Moth Before Death
Suicidal Moth Under the Mac
This moth made a suicidal dive at my Mac and became wedged head first under the bottom handle. Possibly thanks to recent knowledge, I believe this is a male moth as the antenna are covered with additional receptors.

NC Mantis
NC Mantis
NC Mantis
NC Mantis
Al leaning against the U-Haul trailer on his last day living in North Carolina.
In the dewy morning before leaving for New York, I noticed a mantis on the hood of my car. I took a series of photos before Al came out to help take more. I got out my film camera to take some high quality pictures (not online yet).

One of the funniest parts was when I was trying to use the film camera and Al had the digital camera. The mantis lept on to the digital camera and I managed to take a few shots of the guy on the digital camera.

By some odd chance, we actually got a U-Haul trailor which featured the name of the city we were in, one of my favorite places to be too.

Gas Station Moth
Gas Station Moth
Gas Station Moth
On the return North to New York, I stopped at a gas station in either North Carolina or Virginia. The summer night sky was swarming with bugs. I noticed this moth sitting next to the gas pump. Amazed by its appearance and size, I had to snap some photos.

This moth looked like it was lifeless. I noticed it was missing an antenna as well, perhaps it was just stunned after hitting something.

Flying Ant
Flying Ant
Flying Ant
Flying Ant
When I was a child, I would play with ants. I distintly remember in my past seeing ants with wings. I hadn't seen a flying ant in about 20 years, so naturally, I was quite excited when one flew in to my house.

I trapped it in a spent Freihoffer's Chocolate Chip Cookie box. After it calmed down and adjusted to being entrapped, I opened the lid and snapped a mess of photos to prove that flying ants were not the figment of a childhood memory!

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These photos were taken around the middle of 2006.
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