Yesterday in a break in the weather I had a potter around to see what I could see. There were dragonflies out and about (more of that another day) but also something much smaller and less showy – these little Common Green Shieldbugs. If you’re familiar with Shieldbugs you might think these look a little odd, and that’s because they’re not the adult version – these are nymphs. I think these ones are 3rd instar nymphs. Basically what happens is they hatch out of their eggs as 1st instar nymphs and go through several moults, getting larger and more Shieldbug-shaped though 5 instars, then become adults.
Anyway, when I was thinking about this week’s photo challenge (narrow), I immediately thought of this first shot that I took yesterday of this little Shieldbug nymph on a rather narrow perch, watching the world go by.
Here it is from another angle. Quite dramatic lighting completely by accident here.
And here’s a different nymph on a less narrow perch.