Is this not a cute little thing? This is a psocid nymph, pottering about on a dogwood leaf. These are so small you hardly notice them, unless you spend a ridiculously long time staring at leaves, risking ridicule or at least benign amusement from your family.
This little nymph has a parasite in its belly, which I understand is very common for these little critters. But if you ignore the parasite, it tones quite prettily with its colourful Autumn environment. Perhaps that’s just me…
wow thats incredible!
Amazing parasite spot! Poor little thing.
I think I could have done quite nicely without knowing (and seeing) the parasite….. ewww!
I’ll survive, but you’ll have to admit that was a wee bit creepy?
Excellent shots, Rachael! Love the colors and the clarity.
I have a new reason to anticipate spring – more of your fantastic bug photos. Honestly, Rachael, you do such a good job with those subjects.
Thanks, Sid. I think I have enough of a back catalogue to see me all the way through winter!
A parasite? In a nymph? That’s some serious macro, my friend.
Thanks, Shannon. I spent rather a long time standing by this tree and slowly more and more details emerged. Might be a theme for a post, methinks 😉
wow to the paarasite Rachael.. I’ve never heard of such a thing