I was out walking by the Lake the other day, nonchalantly strolling around as one does on a cooling Autumn day. Movement on one of the rocks caught my eye, so out came the mobile phone and out came the camera! You can just make out the ‘what’ towards the top of this photo.

Oops… sorry – maybe now would be a good time to say ‘Warning! May Contain Bugs!’

In the blink of an eye, this little chap made his way down the rock, to feast on whatever it found lurking in the moss and plant life a little further down:

It’s a shield bug. Normally they are a green/brown colour (well, the ones I normally see are!), but this one caught my eye because of its purples, blues and oranges. I do like a splash of colour, I do. Here he posed to show off his good side:

I’m fascinated by creatures such as this… their intricate markings, the way they know exactly what they’re doing, where they are going, and the way they seem to show no fear when a great looming giant is standing not too far away taking photos of them.

We share our fabulous planet with an abundance of creatures, some of which we wouldn’t even give a second glance to. But if we stop and watch them going about their normal lives, surviving, we start to see the very essence of life itself: just being. Living. The magic of life.

This ends this post. If you aren’t keen on insects and creepy crawlies, you may now come out from behind the sofa!

21 Comments on “Forager!

  1. Wow! AMAZING BUG!!! Those colors are unreal. I remember when I grew a monarch butterfly from caterpillar to butterfly in a jar I was stunned to see the color gold in nature. I thought of it as a created color by man…The chrysalis was lime green with knobs of gold! That was a fun experiment watching the whole process unfold, literally…Anyway, great shield bug for sure…. VK 🙂

    Picture of it. It’s kind of hard to see the gold balls that surround the pupa…Pretty cool…

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    • It is amazing, VK! Thanks. I was glad I was in the right place at the right time to see it – I could easily have just walked on by!
      And yes, I could see the gold in some of the other images on the link you provided. We live in a remarkable and complex world full of awe, don’t we?

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    • I don’t think he was bothered I was there, Col… and he did pose with his good side, but he didn’t scutter away either, so he mustn’t have thought of me as a threat!


  2. Brilliant photograph Tom. Fabulous looking insect … although it doesn’t look like it belongs on the earthly realm, more somewhere like Jupiter or Mars. It has an alien look about it.

    Congratulations on seeing it and managing to capture it so well with your camera.
    Have a great day ~ Cobs.

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