Fire bugs, my own garden, Diessen, the Netherlands by Marta Demarteau

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Have you ever seen how mesmerizing nature can be? It is even more obvious in black and white, almost hypnotizing. Fire bugs form a big colony of adults and juveniles, clinging on to each other. They were dwelling in my garden and were literally everywhere. I needed to tiptoe through my garden not to crush them! The juveniles can be as tiny as a pinhead, while the adults are quite bigger. The intricate patterns of the adults look like African wood masks. The juveniles really look like wearing a tailored suit with buttons and a bow tie. I took this image while I was recovering from possible covid-19 – tests were scarce in June 2020. It lifted my spirit to inspect my garden for interesting wildlife, even as small as fire bugs! Especially when the Sun came out, the fire bugs were sunbathing together, even on a statue of a garden gnome. June 9, 2020, Diessen, the Netherlands.

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