A couple of weeks ago while hiking on the Triple Tree Trail and avoiding mountain lions, I had the opportunity to photograph some different life stages in the insect world. I also had an unexpected guest, possibly a fly, on some flowers that caught my eye.
First is the larval stage of the mosquito. If it's possible, they look much scarier in this form. Like some sort of cross between a hook worm and some sort of alien life form.
The second photo is what appears to be a dead spider. I'm pretty sure it's not. Near him I found the blue wasp in third photo. This leads me to believe that the spider is merely paralyzed. He should have been a host for mama wasp's eggs. I think I interrupted the process though as she flew off and began running along the ground again. This would indicate she's begun the process of looking for a host all over again.
The last photo is my unexpected guest. Can't indentify him. Hoping he's a bit less ferocious then the rest of the subjects I shot (or heard) that day.