I even got a message from a Flickr mushroom/nature contact in Australia who noticed I hadn’t been uploading anything—she thought something had happened to me! I only know her from Flickr!
“Hello, I hope you don't mind me sending you this flickrmail... actually I'm just wondering where you are? You haven't posted anything since last October, and I hope you're ok and not terribly ill or anything. So anyway, happy new year, I hope we see you back again soon.”
Well, the past is the past, so let’s just jump back in the game! Get a load of THIS!
(Hi—there’s a lot of fun detail that shows up when you view these images larger, by clicking on them...)
Above, Jadera haematoloma, nymphs and instars, all over Koelreuteria paniculata, just like they say they do.
They were crazy for the seeds, very active, and when disturbed (like when I suddenly loomed over them with my camera), they only ran off for a few seconds before hurrying back to eat more.
Anyway these Red-shouldered bugs really go for goldenrain trees, and even though there can be seemingly-huge populations of them, no sources mentioned they do much actual damage. They feed on the fruits of lots of other trees, too.
Incidentally, I saw tiny white spikes on some of the seeds, which I would guess was some type of fungus...
Above, a whole bunch of plump little nymphs on a goldenrain tree seed.
Below, more and more. I just thought they were awfully photogenic, creating really great compositions as they went about their lives.
I like the image above because you can see the insides of that one on the left! No idea what organ that is. If there’s any entomologists out there, please speak up! Really, click to view large, it's worth it.
Below, fat little nymphs and a breeding pair! Everything at once!
And finally, below, a Magritte-like composition, moody and surreal.
All this just goes to show that there are fascinating tiny things everywhere.
And I will find them, and eventually show you.