MINUSCULE ALIENS ON MY FIG TREE

in Insects Of The World7 months ago (edited)

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A couple of days ago, while photographing some other stuff in my garden, I noticed these minuscule green larvae on the leaves of one of the fig trees in my garden. I already photographed this species, adults, larvae, and everything in between a couple of years ago, so this time I decided to do something different. This time I didn't see adult insects around, so I concentrated my focus on the larvae. And since I already have plenty of photographs, I thought that some video footage could be a good idea. The trouble with the larvae is that they are pretty inactive and boring when it comes to video. They are motionless like little limpets busy sucking the sap most of the time. So I picked one of the infested leaves and put it on the lawn, moving the larvae from the comfortable shade out in the sun. At that point, they started crawling around, and I filmed this short video. I have never seen them walking before. It was a cool scene, These small insects look kinda cartoonish and pretty cute. A bit like a cartoonish version of a trilobite or something like that. After the filming, I put the leaf back on the tree, so that they can find another leaf to feed on. These little pests don't cause major problems to the tree.


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If you wanna see and learn more about the species, you can take a look at my old post from the spring of 2020. Here is the link.
https://ecency.com/hive-196387/@borjan/observing-the-life-of-homotoma-ficus

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AND THAT'S IT. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE VIDEO AND THE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS PRESENT IN THE POST ARE MY WORK - THE END.

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you managed to take a picture of this little larva, even though this larva is very small and it is difficult to adjust the camera focus

Yes, is very difficult to adjust the camera focus when the depth of field is so shallow.

maybe if you use a smartphone camera it won't be seen clearly

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I've thought so too

Those shots are extraordinary, thanks for sharing

This is a great shot 📸
The larvae is growing to be what insect @borjan ?

Homotoma ficus, a psyllid.

Alright 👍
Thank you very much @borjan

wow .. amazing, you found an object that is very appropriate to be recorded and photographed and also of course this larva is very small in size. Btw, when he grows up, what does this larva turn into my friend?

Awesome footage you have there. I just getting into the macro world, and always find it difficult to get those super tiny insect, and yet you could get it very sharp. very nice.

Very nice article you have explained and presented such a beautiful one.