B is for bird protection

black and red froghopper in thistle

B is for…I could have chosen so many differentΒ  photos. There are so many “B”s in my life at the moment. I love bees. Bumble, honey, mining. I already have a fair number of bee photos posted up here and there will be more.

I could have gone for bat. If you are looking for me at 4:30 in the morning, and, no,Β  I’m not sure why you would be, you might find me out in the garden, watching our bats coming in to roost in the chimney. Fabulous sight. There again, lots of photos on the blog already for bats.

I could have chosen my daughter or Blue our dog, or even the baby robin chicks in my potting shed.

Instead I’ve chosen two photos of red and black froghoppers. I like finding these little bugs. They can propel themselves in an amazing fashion. Their hop is impressive. Extremely fast and quite a distance. Brush passed the foliage that they are resting in and they will spring. Point a camera lens at them and they disappear in a blink.

Hang on. Froghopper doesn’t start with B. You’re right. The photos are about froghopper’s bird protection.

Most nature loving children will know about cuckoo spit. It is white frothy stuff that you find on certain plants at this time of year. This is the bird protector manufactured by the baby froghopper or nymph to keep it safe from predators. It provides cover for the vulnerable nymph and also tastes bitter. Birds do not like it.

black and red froghopper on briar

My B is for bird protection. As these froghoppers settled down for the night (best time to photo them as they are more likely to stay still) I couldn’t help noticing how the foliage would protect them. A tangle of thistles, briars and nettles. If I was a bird, I might look for easier picking. Even as adults, they find the best bird protection that they can. Nature is always so inspiring.

Joining in with Podcast‘s #AlphabetPhoto linky. Absolutely fabulous photos last week for A. I’m looking forward to seeing what other people choose for B.

37 thoughts on “B is for bird protection

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 6:38 am
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    What a wonderful photo and a great choice as yes there are many B’s in our life too!

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 6:48 am
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      Might be wrong, but I think I only have one other post with a froghopper and that was a while ago. So many “B”s to choose from.

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:14 am
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    Fabulous pictures and a very unexpected B! Love it!

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:10 am
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      Thanks Hannah! πŸ™‚ These ones are so colourful and I doubt they will be around for “F” week, so sneaked them in here.

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:12 am
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      You must have had a wonderful childhood. I read your post. What memories!

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 9:59 am
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    Great photos and thanks for showing me something new, I never knew what is in cuckoo spit and now I do πŸ™‚ #Alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 10:19 am
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      Not all froghoppers are as colourful and the nymphs are very disappointing to look at. This type of froghopper is very striking. πŸ™‚

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    What a fascinating post Cheryl, I love that you’re up searching for bats! So much choice for B isn’t there, think I changed my mind several times. I’ve never seen froghoppers before so glad you shared #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:17 am
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      I think I am at fear of being classed as eccentric. Up at dawn. Cup of tea in hand. Still in my nightie (coat on though). Watching bats. They wake me up, as their roost is in our chimney. I don’t mind. Really is a sight worth seeing. Must practise my dawn photography.

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:03 am
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    What a lovely photo! Yes, B is definitely for bird protection, as well as protection for all our other creatures πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:18 am
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      Thanks Dean. Their spring must protect them too, but in the evening they are much easier to photograph. Lots of other bugs taking shelter too.

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:10 am
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    I like how you’ve thought out of the box here, very clever #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:20 am
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      Probably sums me up. πŸ˜€

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 11:44 am
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    Great shots and a very interesting choice for ‘B’! I had plenty to choose from this week too!

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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      I have feeling that each week is going to be tricky to just choose one. πŸ™‚

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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      Thanks Merlinda. πŸ™‚

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    Wonderful photos, your garden sounds like a real haven for wildlife.

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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      It is a haven. We certainly like to encourage wildlife. We are very lucky where we live.

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:10 pm
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      So much choice. πŸ™‚

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 4:18 pm
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    Wonderful shots & I love your choice for B. Very pleased to have found a new blog to read too!

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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      It’s great to see everyone’s take on the letter B and lovely to find new-to-me blogs πŸ™‚

  • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Cool pics I’ve never seen one before thanks for sharing, I like the idea of u checkin upmon ur nesting bats too

    • Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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      My children love finding froghoppers and, of course, trying to catch them! Fingers crossed that we don’t get baby bats in the kitchen again this year.

  • Thursday 22 May, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    What stunning photos! I don’t think I have EVER seen a frog hopper, lol! #alphabetphoto

    • Thursday 22 May, 2014 at 9:03 am
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      From what I’ve read, they are more common in the south of the UK. πŸ™‚

  • Thursday 22 May, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    Fantastic! We call those bugs spittle bugs back in Canada, where we were very familiar with their white frothy slime. They’re a beautiful insect, aren’t they! Popping over from #AlphabetPhoto

    • Thursday 22 May, 2014 at 11:32 am
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      I’ve wondered what spittle bugs were! Referenced in novels. Now I know. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Friday 23 May, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    Great pictures, I don’t think I’ve ever come across one of these critters x

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 1:30 am
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      Not as well known as ladybirds, but just as enchanting!

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    I have never seen a froghopper before. A great shot – although happy to just view one from a photo rather than in real life!! xx #alphabetphoto

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 10:04 am
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      They really are interesting wee beasties. Hadn’t thought of them as being frightening. No, I think you would be OK with them in real life. πŸ™‚

    • Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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      Thanks, Jess. πŸ™‚

  • Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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    Maybe the markings do help. Being red they stick out for the human eye, but maybe its different from a bird’s view.

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