It was fascinating just watching the little wing things on this grasshopper’s back moving in and out and making crick-crick sounds.
I haven’t seen one of these for a while. This European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) was under the plastic sheet covering a pile of gravel I have in the garden. Freaky, alien creatures….
Years back, in Portugal, I kept one as a pet and the only thing it wouldn’t eat was a Cicada – but they’re even scarier…..
This Sabre wasp (Rhyssa persuasoria) was buzzing around our plot of land up in the mountains near the Polish border. It has one scarily long tail used for stinging larvae embedded in logs and trees, then laying an egg in them.
As a little boy
I feared the noisy Maybug
Now i admire them
Jade beetle brought down to Earth
Late Spring frost caused your demise
A dead and dismembered Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata). A beautiful and noisy flying beetle which haunts the summer garden and forces you to duck as it flies past.
As leaves start to fall
Grasshopper awaits his end
No more summer sound
Wherever I move out here I encounter life, whether big or small. The ground and air are alive. It amazes me the sheer diversity of life forms which surround me. Slovakia has the most species of butterflies in Europe, and I can’t imagine how many insect species they have.