Why are some bugs… BLUE?
Blue is not a typical colour in the world of bugs. How often would you find a blue leaf? There would be an occasional blue flower but that is still not the norm. That’s why I find blue-coloured bugs to be fascinating creatures, while some fathomed them to be from another planet. 😛
Ventured into a very unexplored trail and had some unique finds. Most notable were a pair of Katydids with strong streaks of blue/cyan.
#1 This Katydid greeted us near the entrance with a bubble blowing act. Has very distinct streaks of cyan and spots of red over a bright green body. Question of the day… why do Katydids always do that? The drop of water just got bigger very slowly.
#2 Another Katydid which looked black from afar, but had beautiful cyan lines and spots.
#3 Hopped onto a dead leaf and took a shot from the front!
#4 It then did another bubble blowing act!!
More shots of bluey subjects from the past:
#4a Furry little metallic blue beetle
#4b Tiny little tiger beetle, with a hint of green as well
#4c The most commonly sighted blue subject – a dragonfly! Smile!
As I trudged along the wet path (thanks to the rainy weather, very humid but cool), a pair of mating Golden Net-Winged Beetles (Dictyopterus aurora) were spotted, 10cm from the ground. The rest didn’t like the idea of going too low on the muddy ground, so I took my time with this pair 😛
#5 Did a handheld shot first, in case I chased them away while setting up my tripod. Found a tiny planthopper intruding on their privacy. I’m not the only one!!! lol
#6 Very tiring shooting at such a low angle with a heavy lens, so got up and took a record shot of the pair
#7 They didn’t seem to move, so on goes the Raynox for a closeup!! Intimate areas cropped.. heh
#8 Tried to stack a number of photos, but turned out that their feelers were making minute movements! Yeah so a failed attempt this one is.
Final subjects… a common weevil and a pair of mating fruitflies!
#9 This weevil was so shy that it had it’s face tucked between it’s legs. Had a tough time inviting it to look up a little.
#10 Mating fruitflies found under a leaf. They disconnected for awhile, but I waited as they looked as if they were still keen on more action. True enough, they got back together and I managed this shot!
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