The Beautiful Little Things

I love macro photography - both taking my own and enjoying other peoples work. It's the thrill of being able to clearly see things that are normally hidden simply because they are small.

Today though, I thought I'd post some pics that (for me), are a little different.

I've called this an ArtDeco Moth (most def not it's name)

Lynx Spider - note the missing legs

So, unlike the first two pics I'm stepping away, (a little) from the macro shots - to try and give a sense of scale and context to these pics (snort, listen to me - "sense of scale and context" ... god.). You know what I mean.

Anyway, just a fun post to highlight the astonishing variety of critters that are doing their thing - right here, in our yard.

Metallic Flea Beetle

Probably a Swallowtail pupa 

Bush Brown

Yellow-striped Flutterer

Short Horned Grasshopper - sub adult

Grasshopper Nymph

20-25mm in length

Grasshopper Nymph

Ichneumon wasp (over 80,000 species world wide)

Unknown (but yes, it's a beetle)


 Tortoise Beetle

Milkweed bug (But I prefer the name the Authors of Brisbane Insects use - Darth Maul Bug)

A 'True' Bug - sp unknown

Unknown - but we're going to have more of 'em soon ...

Pheasant Coucal


Like I said ... a fun post. I'm not even sure if I've achieved my goal - but I suppose it doesn't really matter.

Oh and wherever on this blog you come a across the caption "Unknown" - I mean unknown by me ... not science. I'm about as sharp as a Kentucky Fried Chicken tea spoon - but sciencey people are pretty switched on :)

Right, as I said - it's the weekend, so mouse down and feet up ...

Take care :)

An old episode of QI aired here last night - and it reminded me of this amazing lady and the fact that many, many species are still being discovered all the time ...

Beginning in 1971, retired biologist Jennifer Owen catalogued the wildlife in her suburban Leicester garden. After 15 years she published her interim results, which included 533 species of parasitical wasp alone. Fifteen of these had never been recorded in Britain, and four of them were completely new to science ...

However, as far back as the 18th-century, naturalist Gilbert White (1720-93) said: “All nature is so full, that the district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.” ^