Life On A Lemon ...

MarkB1

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These little things, about a centimetre long, are living out their lives on an ageing lemon in the garden, on a bamboo stake. They are attracted to something about the decaying fruit, mold, fungus or/and other qualities not discernible to me.

They live on similarly decaying oranges, and the occasional banana – I have a veritable orchard staked in the garden, all good fun – just to attract the faeries from the bottom of the garden.

Him – with the longest front legs, on a lemon.
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Her, on an orange.
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It on my finger. Every time I tried from the side it turned away.
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She is actually laying beneath the skin here. He appears to be guarding, attending her.
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It got crowded on the lemon after a while.
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Alone at last.
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Oh, oh … here comes trouble.
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Two males fighting over a female, antennae and legs flailing, lasted a couple seconds. Not the best but the only shot.
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For a change, she appears to seek him out.
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Had a look at your site Mark. Excellent macro imaging - I'm impressed.
Thanks Allan.

Very nice. Seems they're not so different from us...
Thanks PD... Instinctive nature is universal, according to the form. The difference is a capacity for self reflection, we think and get emotional, they don't - at least in as much as they don't hold onto it.
 

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These little things, about a centimetre long, are living out their lives on an ageing lemon in the garden, on a bamboo stake. They are attracted to something about the decaying fruit, mold, fungus or/and other qualities not discernible to me.

They live on similarly decaying oranges, and the occasional banana – I have a veritable orchard staked in the garden, all good fun – just to attract the faeries from the bottom of the garden.

Him – with the longest front legs, on a lemon.
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Her, on an orange.
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It on my finger. Every time I tried from the side it turned away.
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She is actually laying beneath the skin here. He appears to be guarding, attending her.
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It got crowded on the lemon after a while.
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Alone at last.
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Oh, oh … here comes trouble.
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Two males fighting over a female, antennae and legs flailing, lasted a couple seconds. Not the best but the only shot.
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For a change, she appears to seek him out.
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Amazing inspiring images ;story and description. Where did you get your 46mm Achromat dioptre lens ? ( for Oly 60/2.8 Macro ) Cheers :)
 

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The picture where they are battling is a winner, the blur makes it seem as if one is slapping the other in the face.
 

MarkB1

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Amazing inspiring images ;story and description. Where did you get your 46mm Achromat dioptre lens ? ( for Oly 60/2.8 Macro ) Cheers :)
Step ring and raynox. Or step ring and any achromat you want.

Absolutely stunning images.:eek::eek::eek:
The picture where they are battling is a winner, the blur makes it seem as if one is slapping the other in the face.
One is 'slapping' the other. It lasted a couple seconds and was over, dominance established.

Thanks all for your comments, appreciated.
 
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