Thursday, 2 February 2012

Darth Leafhopper

This leafhopper was among the insects that landed on the living room window one night. Leafhoppers, planthoppers and their ilk are common visitors, but most are very small (only a few millimetres long) and very nervous. When the camera approaches, they either jump away or scuttle off at an angle, which is not quite sideways and not quite forwards. This one — a hulk among them at just under a centimetre long — remained motionless long enough for me to take a few photographs. It might have been brooding on plans for the new Death Star.

Look closely and you can see the
stars in the background. It is a coincidence
that they look like dust.

I should grab the umbrella and take photos of the uppersides of these window visitors so that I can put a name to their...er...faces. Until I do that, I will marvel at the intricate structure of these tiny marvels. And make obvious Star Wars jokes.

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