I took this photo over the weekend while the Man and I were out working in the garden.
At the moment the garden is full of tiny hoppers like this (less than 1cm) just hanging around although I expect that there are some other critters out there who are only too happy to thin their numbers….
This post is about some of the bugs we saw on our holiday. As I have two young sons you can imagine that one of the things we see a lot of are bugs. That is fine with me, I love bugs and find them fascinating, and always a great photographic subject.
I was presented with plenty of critters to take pictures of while we were away*, here is one of the bugs found at Silverton, a hopper who was well disguised for desert living.
The other thing I am posting about is a kids tv show. (You know I love them, don’t you 🙂 ) No I’m not going to post another Horrible Histories clip, this time it ties in with the bug part of this post, as the show is Miniscule.
Miniscule is subtitled ‘the private life of insects’ and is exactly that, what the insects might be doing when we aren’t looking. It is shot in the beautiful French countryside with the addition of animated insects in ridiculous situations.
When we were wandering through a supermarket while on our holiday the kids found a dusty dvd on a shelf (clearly the locals had no taste) and begged us to buy it. The Man and I love the show as well, and when they waved a chance to watch 24 episodes in a row under our noses (each episode only runs for about 5 mins) who were we to say no?
We also bought a packet of chips and the four of us went back to the caravan, smooched up on the bed, munched away and watched bugs do silly things for an hour. Lovely.
One of the episodes we watched was chewing gum, which I will share with you here. It includes one of my favourite Miniscule characters, the big furry spider. I dare you to watch it and not end with a smile on your face.
*One of the critters I snapped was a very interesting mantis that I am still trying to identify. If you know any good mantis identification websites please let me know!