Nature's Place

Life On A Lemon

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Him – with the longest front legs, on a lemon.

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Her, on an orange.

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It on my finger. Every time I tried from the side it turned away.

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She is actually laying beneath the skin here. He appears to be guarding, attending her.

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It got crowded on the lemon after a while.

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Alone at last.

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Oh, oh … here comes trouble.

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Two males fighting over a female, antennae and legs flailing. Not the best but the only shot.

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For a change, she appears to seek him out.

These little things, about a centimetre long, are living out their lives on an ageing lemon in the garden, on a bamboo stake. They are attracted to something about the decaying fruit, mold, fungus or/and other qualities not discernible to me.

They live on similarly decaying oranges, and the occasional banana – I have a veritable orchard staked in the garden, all good fun – just to attract the faeries from the bottom of the garden.

Did you know the faeries are insects? Yes, that’s the form they take. And some take no sensible form, preferring the fleetness and relative safety of the insubstantial. Each has its advantages.

The point is though, these creatures of story are in your garden too, if only you look to see, and not to judge. No need for any psychic nonsense either, they are detectable by the senses.

And the wonder of it is sense makes more sense, no nonsense.

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