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      The majority of the photos shown on this site represent species that can be found in the Central and Eastern
    United States, from Mexico to Canada. However, the locations where the photos were taken is  specific. ALL
    PHOTOGRAPHS were taken in Liberty, Polk, Tyler, and Hardin counties in East Texas. The majority of the
    photos were taken within the borders of various units in the Big Thicket National Preserve.
      Click on the category for pages of related photos. Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos.
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Longhorned & Scarab Beetles
Ants, Bees & Wasps
Fly Family
Life in the Water
Snakes & Lizards
A Few Birds
Interesting Photos & a Few Plants
        Only our photos are shown on this site. We make every effort to take pictures of the critters where they
    are, in the natural state, without catching them. We do use a light set-up to attract moths, and will get other
    critters in the process.(Even the fish were released, alive, after the photos were taken)
      The common and scientific names shown on this site are as accurate as we can make them. We rely on
    experts all over the U.S. to assist us in identifying the rarely observed critters. We recommend that you do
    your own verification.  A lot of the insects out in the thicket do not have a common name and you have to go to
    scientific classification to get an answer. If you get to a genus level from a photo, consider it a job well done.
Leaf Beetles
A Direct Link to the NPS Big Thicket National Preserve Website
The Strange & Unusual
Frogs & Turtles
Stink Bugs & Assassin Bugs
Winged Insects, Mantids, & Nymphs
Guidelines for Photo Use
Grasshoppers, Crickets, & Katydids
Treehoppers, Cicadas, & Spittlebugs
Beetles(Click,Tiger,Metallic) & Weevils
Leaf-Footed Bugs and Other True Bugs
Lady & Tortoise Beetles
Number of Images: 2675  
      Your best source for Big Thicket National
    Preserve information is the visitor center near
    Kountze, Texas. They have a modern facility with
    good information, books for sale, and a friendly
    staff. (See NPS Link)
Roaches, Ticks, Aphids,  & Arachnids
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Beetles of Various Families
Last Update: 4/20/2015
All photos were taken in East Texas, see highlighted area.
A few short videos.
A site with photos, common
names, and scientific names to
assist anyone trying to identify
something they have observed.