B is for…I could have chosen so many different 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, 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.
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.