CREATURES FROM THE CABBAGE FIELDS

in Fascinating Insects2 months ago

There is a lot going on after the harvest on the cabbage fields here in my area.

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While the juicy & meaty cabbage leftovers slowly rot in the morning dew or are on the way to desiccate and mummify under the midday sun ...

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... the place becomes a home ...

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... to a vibrant and colorful community of bugs ...

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... led by the Eurydema ornata.

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I mean, this is just figuratively speaking, there is no leadership among the various species on these fields. It's just that these bugs are the most numerous, so they look like main characters, inside the limited space of this post even more so than in the reality. On these photographs you saw only small nymphs of the Eurydema ornata bug.

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This is how the adult, completely developed insect looks. Or better, how it can look ...

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... because they can be more intensely colored, with considerably more orange in the mix ...

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... or even more intensely, with shades of red and orange, and no white spaces.

On this shot you can see another small nymph in the foreground ... and an adult blurred in the background.

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On the following photograph ...

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... you can see the nymph of another species ...

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... the Dolycoris baccarum. This is how the adult insect looks.

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Here is another nymph ...

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... and then the young Eurydema ornata enters the frame. It was hard to get a shot without them, these nymphs were numerous and very active, always busy running around and exploring everything.

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Among all those bugs I found also this well camouflaged caterpillar ... of the inchworm type ...

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... and the green Pieris rapae caterpillar ...

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... feeding on the rotting plant parts.

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On this enlargeable photograph you can see the unavoidable Eurydema ornata present in the scene.

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After the short summer rain the water on the large hydro repellent cabbage leaves forms large droplets that look like strange alien spheres observing the terrestrial fauna.

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This small spider, I couldn't find the name of the species, has built its pretty large web between two large leaves ...

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... and now is waiting for something to fly by.

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Bugs from the Miridae family are also present in big numbers.

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This is the Closterotomus norvegicus ... and on the following photograph ...

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... you can see the greener version of this species.

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This orange one is also a Closterotomus norvegicus ... that has just finished the transformation from nymph to adult ...

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... in the next hour or so, its color will change.

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Here is another young bug ... of a different species. These nymphs are well camouflaged on the reddish soil. You can see them running around in between cabbages, and hiding under the rotting plant material when in danger.

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I don't know what species is this or how the adult insects look.

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This Dolycoris baccarum nymph is paler than usual. That's because the bug recently came out of its old exoskeleton. The nymph do it quite a few times while growing.

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On this photograph we are back with the Eurydema ornata ...

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... and the post's end, that will come soon ... will look pretty similar ...

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... to its beginning.

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As always in these posts on HIVE, all the photographs are my work - THE END.

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Oh! Now I have to be careful when walking around the cabbage fields here in the winter! So many alien invaders from outer space! I have never seen so many insects living on cabbages. They are vegetarians!! LoL

Space invaders are hiding in the cabbage :D waiting for the signal from Alpha Centauri! Beware!

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