Posts Tagged ‘insect’


August 31, 2016 Leave a comment
A grasshopper, safe for now

A grasshopper, safe for now

These days when I empty the skimmer basket of the swimming pool, my wail of anguish can be heard:


They’re lovely creatures and I hate to find them drowned.

They’re also frustrating because if you rescue one, it seems to do its utmost to jump back in the water.

This insect, hidden in a crack of the front door, is actually a grasshopper, distinguishable by its short antennae.

Sitting pretty

June 27, 2013 4 comments
Cricket on pink rose 3

Cricket peeping round a pale pink rose

One of my favourite subjects for photography is an insect on a flower.

Small cricket on a flax flower

Small cricket on a flax flower

Preferably, of course, an insect that isn’t harming the flower in some way like eating it.

These are 3 tableaux from the last few days.

Praying mantis about to open its wings and fly off a rose leaf

Praying mantis about to open its wings and fly off a rose leaf

Apricot flower

April 2, 2013 Leave a comment
Apricot flower

One of two apricot flowers open

There was the briefest window in the weather yesterday – just long enough to get the pink bud spraying done.

It’s always a compromise: too late for some trees, too early for others.

This apricot tree just got in under the bar – it had two flowers open; this was one of them.

The raindrops and the two tiny insects seem almost too much for the fragility of the petals.

Praying, diving, climbing and falling

October 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Praying mantises (not a correct plural but better-sounding than ‘mantids’) are possibly my favourite insects.

They have lovely faces with an expression of well-bred shock, like a maiden aunt looking over her teacup having just heard a swear word.

I’ve put photos of praying mantises on this blog before, but I can’t resist them so here are a couple more.

This brown mantis was sitting on the pool vacuum hose looking  as if it was poised to dive.


This green mantis, after trying to climb the wall and falling off, gave me a cool stare (2nd photo) as it crouched ready to repeat the onslaught.


After falling

I’m aware that I anthropomorphise insects. They’re so remote, mysterious and independent that I reckon it would be difficult to harm them thereby.

Skimming swallows

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Four little black dots – the swallows at rest

I was in the pool for an afternoon swim when I became aware of the swallows’ twitter becoming very loud.

Four of them were swirling round and coming in low over the water.

Mostly they just broke the surface with their wing tips, but one darker-coloured swallow dipped its breast and actually got quite wet each time. I was on standby for a rescue.

After a few fly-bies, they had a brief rest on the nearby electricity cables before starting round again.

Eventually they went swooping away over the valley.

I’d noticed there were fewer insects landing in the pool – this must be the reason!