'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Dijea's Photo Challenge. Macros

Another week, another Dijea Photo Challenge. This time the task is to demonstrate our prowess in macro photography, or 'close-ups' as we used to call it in the old days.
I have plenty of insect images from my work last year, but I think this is one I prefer. It was taken back in the spring, and I think its Caedicia simplex, commonly known as Katydid*. My Andrew Crowe book thinks they may be native, or they may have been blown over from Australia. Either way, this is a youngster, yet to develop wings.
The rose, if you're interested, is 'Graham Thomas' - one of the few that thrives under my non-spray, laissez-faire regime. It has a gorgeous scent.

* A name I was given periodically in my childhood, along with 'What Katy Did Next' and 'K-K-K-Katy'.


  1. Another example of 'nice' v 'nasty' in the insect world. Katydids are nice.

  2. Weeeell Geebl... They've a nice name (I would say that), but can eat bloody great holes in leaves and petals!

  3. Oh, Katherine, nice and nasty are not about what they actually do. For me it's about what they are which is a much more subjective and almost esoteric quality. (PS I'm not standing on top of my computer by the way - it emits a loud car horn noise when emails come in and I then take a welcome break from my 'spring' clean).

  4. Ah, I know all about that esoteric quality from the wonderful feedback to my critter survey last year... :-) I understand.

  5. (Or is it Ar--OOO---Gah! ?)


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