Nature's Place

Characters …

Each a unique expression of one life with one purpose.

To live just as they are.

Three stingless bees evicting another from the hive they attacked. This mop-up went on for months after the raid – They probably defended the honey hoard or the queen, ’til death.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

Not a tasty looking morsel, to me anyway. Fiery red assassin bug in one of its early forms, the wing ‘buds’ give it away.

Katydid prowling the flowers at night. They don’t eat as much as their larger cousins, grasshoppers, so I leave them to the tender mercies of the other night stalkers. Who lives and who dies … who knows.

Tree blood, from the same one the red assassin bug is on above. Delicious … colour.

This moth ran into me one night in the garden, then stopped in front of the lens. Interesting ‘head’ gear, the fringe on top.

What can I say … a bug on a branch doing what it does, balanced with a drop of moisture. Everything has its place.

If you look carefully – click it – you will see this fly is depositing eggs on larva on the leaf above its head. A leaf from the same tree the recent sawfly and larva were found, here –

A leaf beetle. rounded, colourful and I’ve never seen it eat another creature except leaves. Maybe that’s its gentle nature.

And in the end … walking on the edge of the world. Precarious positioning. Don’t fall off …

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



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  1. Lissa said, on 29/09/2017 at 6:58 pm

    Brilliant shots as usual, thank you Mark for my weekly fix of macro small people. For whatever reason I just love the shot of the tree sap. Such a glorious colour and fluid, glossy viscosity.

  2. dharmalauri said, on 29/09/2017 at 3:27 pm

    You got it!

  3. savannawhiteblog said, on 29/09/2017 at 12:19 pm

    I really enjoy seeing your perception on bug life, reading your blog, and seeing your amazing pictures. Insects of all kinds have always intrigued me, and I have really what you are doing with your blog.

  4. treesshrubs said, on 29/09/2017 at 9:16 am

    Love this part of our world! 😊

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2017 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, it’s full of colour, form and occasional surprise.

  5. quietwordsite said, on 29/09/2017 at 5:56 am

    Phenomenal photos! You do make some amazing finds! Can I ask what ‘tree blood’ is?

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2017 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Helen. It’s whatever bleeds from a tree, resin in this case.

  6. Betty said, on 29/09/2017 at 5:17 am

    I always love looking at your fantastic pictures. I gave my daughter your site, (she an artist) she also loves all the close-ups. Beautiful work.

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2017 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Betty. There is much inspiration in nature for an artist.

  7. exploringcolour said, on 29/09/2017 at 5:07 am

    The ‘tree blood’ interests me. Is that a gum resin exuded from a tree injury?

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2017 at 8:06 am

      Yes, but not necessarily from ‘injury’. These trees just seem to bleed a lot at times.

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