Nature's Place

Life On A Lemon

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

*Click the pictures for a bigger version.

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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.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look


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  1. Tommy Roenningen said, on 17/07/2016 at 5:10 am

    Again… the details are amazing. Wonderful work, keep it up Mark.

  2. Tammie said, on 12/07/2016 at 11:44 am

    faeries indeed
    i feel as though i just witnessed an amazing drama.
    thank you

    • Mark said, on 12/07/2016 at 8:10 pm

      They could be running the country and nobody would know better …

  3. treesshrubs said, on 09/07/2016 at 8:35 am

    We live in an amazing world! : )

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2016 at 10:44 am

      And it is going on all around, usually unseen.

  4. Emily Scott said, on 09/07/2016 at 7:22 am

    Such drama going on there. I was amazed when you revealed they are only a centimetre long.

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2016 at 10:42 am

      They come smaller but not over 12mm. It seems instinct is not inhibited by small size.

  5. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 09/07/2016 at 1:44 am

    Just wonderful, Mark!! Love the photos and the drama. So great!

  6. David said, on 08/07/2016 at 10:33 am

    Great unique captures, especially the fight scene.

  7. autopict said, on 08/07/2016 at 8:27 am

    What a show!

  8. Deb said, on 08/07/2016 at 7:38 am

    Love it! I’ve never seen these weevils before. Love the fighting scene!

    • Mark said, on 08/07/2016 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Deb. Try staking an orange out, if there’s somewhere around they would come from – old wood/trees.

  9. navasolanature said, on 08/07/2016 at 7:34 am

    Absolutely fabulous pictures of such characters and drama!

    • Mark said, on 08/07/2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks G … All the way down to the unseen they fight to live.

  10. puzzleblume said, on 08/07/2016 at 7:00 am

    Small beings, great article.

  11. BearlyAware said, on 08/07/2016 at 6:01 am

    I am glad another person sees the connection between faeries and insects. The glowing spots dancing in the air, back lit on a sunny day could be nothing else. The butterfly who sits on my finger looking at me trying to tell me something, the beetle sipping nectar, the dragonfly sitting motionless on a reed taking in the beauty of the pond–of course these are faeries.

  12. Lissa said, on 08/07/2016 at 5:32 am

    The faeries are the insects. I like that.
    Tiny love going on here. Just as important as “big” love.
    I like the pic of the guys fighting with the antennae and legs flailing – they look like two human men who don’t know how to land a punch correctly.

    • Mark said, on 08/07/2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Lissa … They probably don’t want to hurt, just dominate.

      • Lissa said, on 08/07/2016 at 5:29 pm

        Completely. It’s instinct :) Just like with human men.

        • Mark said, on 08/07/2016 at 5:44 pm

          Ha, ha … Yes, we made a world out of it. :-)

  13. chicoyaya said, on 08/07/2016 at 5:26 am

    Amazing detail!

  14. Traveling Rockhopper said, on 08/07/2016 at 5:19 am

    wow, amazing!

    • Mark said, on 08/07/2016 at 1:38 pm

      Yep … amazing little things and what they get up to. Just like us big things. :-)

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