As I said in “what’s been bugging me“, the local insects may be impressive, but most of them aren’t very colourful – at least not the ones who sit still long enough for me to take pictures. That’s what I like about flower photography: the subject doesn’t run away when you point a camera at it.
At the moment, though, there aren’t many blooms around to brighten the blog pages. It’s partly because of the heat – all the vivid wildflowers of a month or so ago have dried back to straw, and even in the garden the few plants that are in flower are mostly wilting and ragged.
But it’s the insects who are responsible for the chewed petals and holey leaves, so I’m in two minds when I see a bright bug to know if I want it to stay put for a photo or hop, crawl or fly away and leave my plants alone.
2 thoughts on “flowerless thoughts”
If insects or animals are colourful and stand out in their environment, chances are that they are also poisonous. Very much unlike in the human environment, females of the spanish spanish fauna usually don’t display bright colours or melodic calls. They like to blend with their environment.
Only some poisonous females are bright and colourful, like the common gecko or the black widow spider (we have these spiders in southern Spain).
You also forget that insects see a different range of colours, thus two similar yellows or greens may be two different colours to an insect as they see more of the ultraviolet light spectrum than we, warm blooded animals, see. Rockrose (jara ) is also a good example of a flower that is not white but dark around the center under ultraviolet light.