Out in the Grinds the little shield bug trekked

O’er leaf and branch it carefully crept

A few more steps then its climb was done
And from the edge of a leaf it buzzed, away into the sun.

I didn’t manage to catch it flying away. I wasn’t expecting it to fly. I wasn’t expecting it to buzz!

I’d never seen one of these little bugs before, until I discovered one hibernating beneath a strip of wood earlier this year; and now I see them regularly! I wanted to take a few close up photos, so took my mobile phone out to the hedge to see what I could find, and this little fella’s walk couldn’t have been timed better!

Right place, right time.

Always good to know!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. What a cute little green alien he is!

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    1. Isn’t he just, Raili? And he’s not the only one either! 😀

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      1. I know, they’re everywhere !

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        1. I don’t think they like the rain though…

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  2. Interesting looking little fella, and nice job on the photos, especially with the underlighting on him!

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    1. Thanks, Beth, but that was a right place right time moment – the sun came from behind the clouds just then! 😀

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  3. Good pictures Tom! 🙂

    Never seen a shield bug before, they look so interesting!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. I saw one a while back, Prenin, but now I’m seeing more of them. Fascinating little creatures.

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  4. Wow, what great pictures!! He’s awesome, I haven’t seen one before either.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. Yes, its a creature I hadn’t seen until a few months ago… this one was quite lively!

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  5. Yes I see these often in the garden, yet I never have looked up their name.. great photo shots and little poem. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I think he wanted to be photographed really! 🙂

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  6. Great photos Tom ☺ and a refreshing coolness flooding out of the lush greenery of The Grinds😊

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    1. It’s always cool in the Grinds, Icewolf. Even the creatures are now ready for their Selfies! 😀

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      1. 😅lol😃 That I can very easily believe! lol 😀

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