Some type of shield bug. I just ordered a Peterson's Field Guide to Beetles to be able to better ID this things in the future
An hour later she found a friend.
Just a firefly, but they are on the decline too.
The indigo color of the little wasp's wings is natural, no filters or anything used, just an iPhone 5
I'm not sure what this beetle is either, but it is a male because they have the feathery antennae used as a sense organ to better pick up the pheromones from a female.
I cut some mint to make a Lancaster County favorite- meadow tea and found this little Looper/Inch Worm on the leaves. I put it back right away. Caterpillars are an essential food for our songbirds. One pair of chickadees will need 350 to 570 caterpillars every day while they are feeding their young!