Category: Insects

Asleep

Debbie’s Asleep for One Word Sunday.

Let me rephrase that. ‘Asleep’ is Debbie’s theme for One Word Sunday this week, and I have a few photos to share of a few sleeping critters. Warning – there may be spiders.

  1. Above is my old friend ShadowCat before he ventured to pastures new. Seen here, fast asleep sunbathing.

  1. Back in September 2013, I caught the above critter sleeping on the job. Well, I presumed she was sleeping.

  1. I’m sure this wasp was only pretending to sleep, but it does look well away.

  1. This shield bug was deep into hibernation in December 2016, well he seemed to be anyway. I moved a wooden panel and he was behind it. I must have disturbed him though, for a few days later he was gone. It’s terrible when something wakes you during a lovely sleep.

  1. Another spider asleep on the job. And look at all the space this one is taking up! They do sleep in the oddest of places.

  1. Yet another sleeping spider… or one lying in wait! September 2016 this time – and you can clearly see how relaxed this critter is.

  1. And finally, back in May 2016, this little fluffy bundle were taking an afternoon nap together.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip through time – or, as I think it should be called time naps photography. I also hope that if you don’t like spiders, you aren’t feeling all that traumatised now. Please visit Debbie’s site (a link will appear here later), where you will find links for last week’s theme Baleful. See. We can’t stop time travelling once we start!


Wish

Today’s theme for Debbie’s One Word Sunday is ‘Wish’, and I wish I had something in any of my photos to represent a wish, but alas, I do not.

I do, however, have these photos of a Harlequin Ladybird, and some folk believe having a ladybird – any ladybird – land on your hand allows you to make a wish that will come true. Now, obviously, ladybirds aren’t necessary in the making or granting of wishes, but they are in some aspects of folklore, and are a necessity for this post!

Debbie’s site will have more links with interpretations on this week’s ‘Wish’ theme.


Count

For One Word Sunday this week, Debbie’s theme is ‘Count’.

I’ve gone back through my archive folders (I’ve lost count how many times I’ve done that before!) and picked out seven (count ‘em!) photos that contain things that can be counted! They are a random selection of photos, some may have been used before, and if you have a spare few minutes you can sit and count to your heart’s desire. You can count on me to make a game of it! Also, if you have time, visit Debbie’s site for more interpretations on the theme.

Count Number One… Two Pound Coins:

Count Number Two… Crystals:

Count Number Three… Flowers In A Meadow:

Count Number Four… People On A Beach:

Count Number Five… Lily Pads On A Pond:

Count Number Six… Birds On The Water:

And Count Number Seven… Lines On A  Snail’s Back:


Inktober: Gigantic

#Inktober. Day Ten. October 10th.

The chiming of the old grandfather clock has caused me to spin around again. It’s not eleven o’clock yet is it? Surely not! I think the time must be wrong. And eek! That looks like a gigantic spider creeping out from behind the clock. It can’t be its shadow… where’s the light coming from? There isn’t a shadow off the clock. Oh me! Oh my! I think I’d better leave this room while I have the chance!


Forager!

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!