Orchid Bee (species unknown) belongs to the tribe Euglossini from the family Apidae and order Hymenoptera. They are found in neotropical regions, and are solitary. Some species of are exclusively pollinated by male bees photo by Efram Goldberg
"This is the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata), a very beautiful insect that is also amazingly important to the agriculture of Australia." -- Click through for photos of more blue-banded bees and to learn more of this very different critter.
Carpenter Bee by Jean Marie (Mouveroux Xylocopa violacea) readily identified by its color. Carpenters bees are about 25 mm, glossy black all over, with sparse black hairs. Taken at Le Perreux sur Marne, Ile-de-France, France.
The most beautiful grasshopper in the world, Phymateus saxosus madagascariensis, is limited to medium-altitude regions of Madagascar. The family of grasshoppers to which it belongs is commonly known as the gaudy grasshoppers.
Brazilian Treehopper - a real living insect, which only pretends to be an alien helicopter. Its other name is "The Bell Bearer"; part of its Latin moniker stands for these utterly bizarre spheroids on the top (they are not antennae!