A new world beckons

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A freshly hatched nymph looks out on a new world.

I was pottering around the herb garden looking for some buggy subjects for my ever-hungry macro lens when I thought I saw a greenfly. Closer observation revealed this pretty little speckled bush cricket nymph. Speckled bush cricket (leptophyes punctatissima) nymphs shed their skins six times. Each version is called an instar. I think this tiny nymph is a newly emerged first instar.

The full adult version, as pictured below, can be found in the garden from about late July onwards. I have found the little nymph in the same place every day since I took its picture. I will follow its progress and try to get some more shots as it grows.

For more information on speckled bush crickets and some super shots see this blog.

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20 thoughts on “A new world beckons

  1. Love the top shot Rachael, the detail and composition is lovely, They look quite “cute”. I took a shot of one of these last year, I was not sure what it was then, so it is nice to now know 🙂

  2. You must have the eyes of an eagle to have spotted that! Anyway, great composition and focus! You definitely have a good eye when your taking photos!

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