Nature's Place

Flying Visit

p1230600_mark-berkery_filtered-ni_2*Click pictures for a closer view …


The fiddler beetle was zooming round the flowers in the garden, frisky little thing.

So when it stopped a moment I was prepared for some fast action on its part.

As soon as I touched the flower head it was on it dropped off.

Survival strategy at times demands a creature plays dead.

It would have unfolded its wings and taken flight …

but there was my hand to catch it.

Then it dropped from my hand …

and took to the skies.



It is easy to be grateful in this space.

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



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  1. yölander partridge said, on 19/07/2022 at 2:37 pm

    the detail in these images causes my jaw to quite literally drop. these little guys deserve so much more attention than they get, thank you for shining a light on them :-)

  2. bernice ratburn said, on 19/07/2022 at 2:36 pm

    this is astounding!! I can taste the quality 🍭

  3. tracey tractír said, on 19/07/2022 at 2:33 pm

    this looks phenomenal!

  4. deborah said, on 19/07/2022 at 2:28 pm

    these creatures never cease to amaze! 😻 🦟 💕

  5. ❤︎ Just Me ❤︎ said, on 05/02/2017 at 2:56 pm

    Pretty! :o)

  6. Khürt Williams said, on 03/02/2017 at 10:21 am

    Such a beautiful insect.

  7. Cate said, on 03/02/2017 at 9:39 am

    Great catch, Mark, in both respects!

  8. Pete Hillman said, on 03/02/2017 at 7:26 am

    Very nice picture, Mark! The colouring of this beetle is wonderful! And what a nice catch :)

    • Mark said, on 03/02/2017 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Pete. Yes, it’s a little beauty.

  9. Jenn said, on 03/02/2017 at 7:06 am

    LOL – it played dead ? How smart was he! LOL – I always share your blog with my daughter who is insanely scared of bugs – she’s slowly coming around =)

    • Mark said, on 03/02/2017 at 11:00 am

      Yes Jenn, it’s a common enough strategy. It is our nature, what we see there is what we see/are inside.

      Your daughter might benefit from one of those shows where people get to hold the creatures.

      • Jenn said, on 03/02/2017 at 11:03 am

        I tried – she ran – of course she was a lot younger then… Maybe I will do just that now that she’s older. 😀

        • Mark said, on 03/02/2017 at 7:05 pm

          A caterpillar would be a good start. But anything alive and of nature helps … flowers, trees, etc. The sense of it, colour, shape, etc.

  10. F U L L S P E C T R A said, on 03/02/2017 at 6:00 am

    Impressive one-hand close ups, Mark! Great shots! 🙌

    • Mark said, on 03/02/2017 at 10:58 am

      Thanks FS. Fixed, more or less, working distance and fast accurate auto focus makes it easy enough.

  11. dfpartridge said, on 03/02/2017 at 5:07 am

    Your work astounds me!

    • Mark said, on 03/02/2017 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Debra … It’s an astounding nature.

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