Still summer

European Mantis

“Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

There’s no real theme to these photos, other than they are some of my favourite ones from the late summer months. The leaves have started to turn, the days are noticeably shorter, and the nights have been cool. But here it’s still summer!

Red-Banded Leafhopper

In the photo above, you can see spines on the legs of the leafhopper – this is how to tell it’s a leafhopper rather than a spittlebug, which have no spines (as seen below).

Pine Spittlebug

Ambush Bug

I found this unsual bug, not more than a centimetre long, a few days ago. It’s a type of Assassin Bug, called an Ambush Bug. Their front legs look like hooked claws, and they are capable of capturing other insects much larger than they are, such as butterflies.

Ambush Bug - click to enlarge

Ambush Bug

I had my tripod set-up in a field to photograph horses, and was visited by this little one.

Blue Vervain at sunset - click to enlarge

36 Responses to “Still summer”
  1. skadhu says:

    Lovely! The detail on the various bugs is exquisite.

  2. montucky says:

    What a fantastic selection of photos! They are all outstanding! The little chipmunk is just adorable!

  3. Gorgeous collection of images, Cait, and a lovely testament to a rich and colourful season. Many thanks for these gems…

  4. EvilPoet says:

    What wonderful photographs! That chipmunk is adorable.

  5. Donald says:

    great shots, as always!

  6. Meanderer says:

    It’s always such a treat coming here and seeing your images. These are wonderful; the mantis was certainly posing for the photograph! I love the image of the vervain which is so beautiful in the golden light.

    Beautiful images topped off with a quote by Blake: perfect!

  7. sandy says:

    Did you ever get some interestest shots this post! I have never seen blue vervain, but will certainly look for it, and that leafhopper, how could I miss something like that?

    great post, Cait!

  8. Just awesome again Cait! That chipmunk is so cute and cuddly. Seasons may soon be changing there, but we are in an “endless summer” here in Florida! I don’t mind it at all. I love all the beautiful seasons. 🙂

  9. Sybil says:

    Oh my those insects are lovely. The detail is amazing. Great shots.

  10. Lisa says:

    The leafhopper’s markings are just gorgeous. I showed my husband the photo and it’s inspiring him to do a painting with those colors. Your macro work is always incredible!

  11. John Wackman says:

    Six-legged creatures I’ve never seen or heard of before–both strange and beautiful!
    Ready for their close-ups. Thank you for the window on their world!

  12. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    Your macro shots are so amazing! I love the red banded leafhopper!

  13. Great photos! The leafhopper almost looks hand-painted 🙂

  14. Deb W says:

    You know, I tried to think of what it was that your striped leaf hopper reminded me of the first time and this time it came back to me… When I was a kid there was a bit of film of an amphibious car, which was used in the intro to “Here Come the Seventies” (at least I think that’s where I saw it) anyway he, the hopper, is the exact colour of that car. Then, if you cross him with a fancy bass lure… ; )
    Seriously though? Your macros are AMAZING! Love ’em all. Chippy has black feet. Was it muddy that day? And the Blue (not really, eh?) Vervain – a picture perfect; ) example of the Pythagorean Spiral. Thanks, your photos make me smile AND wonder-full all over again at the beauty, complexity and texture of nature.

    • Thank you so much, Deb, for your encouraging comment. A cross between a bass lure and an amphibious car sounds about right to me, too! You’re very observant, it was a muddy day. And true, the vervain doesn’t look blue here at all in this light.

  15. wyominglife says:

    Great photos! I plan on getting a new camera this winter so I can take more macros. I don’t really consider myself a photographer- I mostly take photos of native plants for my own files in the hopes of growing natives for my garden, but I have recently gotten more interested in the photography aspect.

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    I’ve been looking through some of your posts. Your macro shots are amazing and beautiful!

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