I walked up the hill this morning. Half way to be honest. Yesterday my new meds started to give me bad side effects so the cardio texted me to stop taking them. I just needed to get out in the air and forget all the hassle. As always when I wander up the road behind the house there are things to be photographed. Like this. I asked Mrs. Ha what she could see and she said a stick. Well she was half right.
It of course a stick insect. And very shy it was too.
The first candidate this morning was a caterpillar. It looks as if you should want to stroke it but you don’t. Its hairs will irritate you very badly. I seem to recall that this one has not been bred through to imago so we don’t know what species it is.
And here is a much better photograph taken a while back when I was more mobile and using a tripod all the time. Note how the shade changes the colour temperature as well as the shutter speed! This is Geisha distinctissima, a flatid planthopper.
The one above is Retina rubrivitta and the upper one is Egnasia seclusalis.
Lets finish off with these three. The first is a grasshopper nymph (it has no wings yet) and it is one of the short-horned groppers, maybe Traulia orientalis, a common species. [Addendum, it could also be a Band-winged grasshopper – not sure]. The nymphs often bear no resemblance to the adult form just to confuse the weak in the head, like me.
And finally our old friend Leptodialepis bipartitus, a Spider-hunting wasp. Just a record shot as it was either running around too quickly for me or it was under the leaf litter. I watched it for 10 minutes starting to burrow. John X Q Lee describes this species as large and fearsome looking and says the sting can be intensely painful. Luckily they don’t attack without provocation. Write out 100 times “I will not provoke a large fearsome looking spider-hunting wasp”. I have observed this species many times without problem (famous last words?).
That is it for today. I shall be up and out tomorrow at 5am to catch the Cathay flight to Singapore and I shall return on Saturday, all being well. I doubt if I shall blog from Singapore but you never know what creatures may be lurking in my hotel room.