A blue dasher dragonfly gets its rich blue color as it matures. Males like this one will flash their blue abdomens as a warning to other males to stay away.
This praying mantis's gray skin is a sign that it is an older insect, whose bright green coloration has faded.
A spotted cucumber beetle trots across flower petals. These pint-sized insects are often called, "green ladybugs."
A blue morpho butterfly's wings begin to tatter away. The insect's lifespan is a short 115 days from egg to death.
An eastern-tailed blue moth's gender can be distinguished by its color. Females' upper wings turn brown in the summer months.
A butterfly takes flight at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Mo. The Butterfly House has over 40 species of butterflies.
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