Photo: Marlene Ehrenberg Enríquez, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (Used with permission)

Insect = a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings

While most nature travelers do not go out of their way to inspect the insects, it would be a far less interesting world without ants, bees, butterflies and the host of species that comprise the insect kingdom. Insects are the glue that keep functioning ecosystems together.

Whether the bugs are beautiful or tasty or downright dangerous, here is our guide to insects.

Dragonflies, damselflies in southwest Oregon



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