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Insects, being the most diverse terrestrial animals, outnumber all other animals, and the habitat of Jones Park is no exception. This becomes clear when one goes on a bug safari. Visitors can literally spend hours exploring a 25 yard stretch of any one of Jones Park’s trails or bodies of water, counting, describing, and identifying thousands of the small creatures.

Palamedes swallowtail. Jones Park stock photo

Some of their names might invoke anxiety, while others inspire curiosity.With titles such as Cow killer, Caterpillar hunter, Hickory horn devil, Owl fly, Bee hunter, and Elephant beetle, it’s hard not to pay attention. Most of these creatures encountered are harmless to humans and are an integral part of the environment. They provide others with food, clean up waste, provide cures for illnesses, keep a check on pests, and pollinate flowering plants.

Come explore the micro cosmos of the insect world at Jones Park!

Butterflies and Moths
Common insects found at Jones Park.
Common Buckeye by Paul Roling
Cloudless Sulphur by Paul Roling
Gulf Fritillary by Paul Roling
Viceroy Butterfly by Paul Roling
Red Admiral by Paul Roling
Hackberry Emperor by Paul Roling
Palamedes Swallowtail by Paul Roling
Pipevine Swallowtail by Paul Roling
Redspotted Purple by Paul Roling
Polyphemus Moths. Jones Park stock photo
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Common insects found at Jones Park.
Damselfly by Paul Roling
Damselfly by Paul Roling
Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Carolina Saddlebags Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Common Whitetail Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Golden-winged Skimmer Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Russet Tipped Clubtail Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Blue Dasher Dragonfly by Paul Roling
Other insects found at Jones Park
Horsefly. Jones Park stock photo
Plant Hoppers by Paul Roling
Praying mantis. Jones Park stock photo
Eastern Lubber by Paul Roling
Walking Sticks mating. Jones Park stock photo
Eyed Click Beetle. Jones Park stock photo