New Life In The Garden

I'm always pleased to see new life emerging in our garden - in fact I take a good deal of comfort from it. And it doesn't matter to me if it's charming little birds or quirky insects, for me every critter is a thing of wonder ...

Cicada Instar almost ready to emerge

A dragonfly at rest

Handsome don't you think?

Assassin Bugs - I'd been wondering for some time just who those egg capsules belonged to

Another 'true' bug instar

Sucking bugs are prevalent this year

This cheeky Cicada obviously doesn't mind using it's mud covered cousin for a perch to dry it's wings

True Bug Characteristics. The defining feature of hemipterans is their possession of mouthparts where the mandibles and maxillae are sheathed within a modified labium to form a "beak" or "rostrum", called a proboscis, which is capable of piercing tissues (usually plant tissues) and sucking out the liquids – typically sap.

The forewings of Hemiptera are either entirely membranous, as in the Sternorrhyncha and Auchenorrhyncha, or partially hardened, as in most Heteroptera. The name "Hemiptera" is from the Greek ἡμι- (hemi; "half") and πτερόν (pteron; "wing"), referring to the forewings of many heteropterans which are hardened near the base, but membranous at the ends. Wings modified in this manner are termed hemelytra (singular: hemelytron), by analogy with the completely hardened elytra of beetles, and occur only in the suborder Heteroptera. The forewings may be held "roofwise" over the body (typical of Sternorrhyncha and Auchenorrhyncha), or held flat on the back, with the ends overlapping (typical of Heteroptera). In all suborders, the hindwings – if present at all – are entirely membranous and usually shorter than the forewings. The antennae in Hemiptera are typically five-segmented, although they can still be quite long, and the tarsi of the legs are three-segmented or shorter. source ^