The Letter I is for Incredible Insects


I removed the zip cover from my rotary clothesline, and came eyeball to eyeball with this stunning emerald green insect. I’ve seen brown and tan colour grasshoppers in the garden but I’ve never seen one that is so shockingly fresh-spring-minty-green in colour. I dashed into the house to grab my camera, and happily it was still sitting there waiting for me. A very photogenic beauty it is, too. It allowed me one shot before it flew into the air, propelled by a push of those mighty hind legs. I hope that the birds leave this creature in peace for a while so it can enjoy the summer sun and breeze as I am doing today.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Joanna says:

    What a beauty! That is an unusual sight, well snapped 😀

    A propos of nothing I met a man who had been bitten by a spider as he was clearing his garden as I walked the dogs yesterday. His arm had a huge red swollen reaction on it. He said it was a ‘wolf spider’. I didn’t know that we had big bitey spiders here….

    1. Misk Cooks says:

      I’m going to look up wolf spider and see what they look like. We have some major webs in the greenhouse that I keep knocking down. Next morning they’re back again.

  2. heidi says:

    I don’t really like insects- even the beautiful ones. Except maybe praying mantis- nope, I don’t even like them, much. But the color and photo are quite amazing!
    And Joanna- wolf spiders are very common garden spiders here- they’re huge and make the largest webs sometimes covering several plants almost entirely.
    I don’t like them, either!

    1. Misk Cooks says:

      Hi Heidi, I don’t mind insects but I will put them outside if they’re bothering me. Spiders in the bathtub, etc., out they go — I won’t kill them though.

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