Life on a Leaf

The area around our house just now looks as though miniature white confetti  has been tossed from the sky but it’s not confetti, it’s thousands of Lerps. I thought Lerps were little bugs that tasted sweet but they’re actually just the protective covers created by tiny insects called, “Psyllids”. Birds are having a feast in the trees but I’m not sure if it’s the Lerps or the Psyllids which are the treat..

I decided to investigate some leaves and was absolutely astonished when I saw my photos on the computer screen. Not even a magnifying glass had enabled me to see all the little creatures.

I am not an entomologist and would be delighted if someone could help me out with some insect IDs.

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So much life on a leaf.

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Macro Moments: Week 33

I had a very cooperative subject for this week’s challenge, a Wanderer Butterfly pupa with lovely glistening gold trim.


I have discovered that even if I have my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 set to iA (intelligent auto) I can still find out the settings used. The shot was taken at f/3.3, 1/320, ISO 80, focal length 4mm. I might be misunderstanding the focal length but it seems to me that must be the depth of field.

I have lightened the photo a bit and also applied some unsharp mask using an old version of Photoshop Elements.