Growing up, there was always one day in August that it was not wise to go outside because of all the flying ants out and about. I don't know what they are and when I have said flying ants I get a weird look.

Fast forward many years and we had a crazy outburst of what I call "beetle bugs," which are really ladybug lookalikes called Asian Beetles. They were brought over to help the farmers. Well I don't have aphids in my house. Once again there would be a day that was not wise to go out because the beetle bugs would be having a grand day just flying around.

Of course, these bugs are not so cool. So let's get back to the the bugs that are much nicer.

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    Bumble Bees

    Bees are not so bad. However, if you are allergic they are really bad. Some people do not like bees of any sort. I usually just talk nicely to them. I was accidentally stung once when I was a kid.

    I rubbed my jaw against my shoulder because of an itch but then it started to hurt. It turned out that I rubbed up against a bee. Oops.

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    It is not easy to take a picture of a butterfly. They should be called flutterflies. They sure are pretty. I am seeing many more now than a couple of years ago, which is a good thing.

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    I don't know much about dragonflies but I have noticed quite a few lately. I have seen a variety of colors and sizes. I did see a little blue one, that was cool.

    This dragonfly was hanging on a rope at last year's Dodge County Fair. I didn't know how I was going to use it but I thought it was cool. Zoom is a good thing on a camera.

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    I guess ladybugs are a pest. I remember when it was cool to see one because they seemed rare. This one is from my garden. I have had it a while. I think it is a ladybug. That is what I'm going with.

    I also found out it seems that ladybugs are considered good luck.

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    I found a firefly, lightning bug, during the day hanging out near the ladybug. I thought it would be easier than trying to take a picture at night when you just don't know when they are going to light up. It was very patient. Man sometimes it takes a lot of pictures to get just one.

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