Just a few evenings ago, ProfessorRoush was madly capturing a few photos with his Nikon, plausibly preserving images of about 30 rose blooms for such purposes as posterity, public lectures, or potential future blog entries. In full disclosure, however, he was just taking pictures of pretty flowers and enjoying the moment.
As he labeled each photo later, however, he noticed that a number of the blooms had insects or arachnids on them. As an example, he noticed this tiny spider on shockingly pink 'Duchess of Portland':
Here he is closeup:
Talk about your itsy-bitsy spiders!
By accident, and with no particular purpose in mind besides flitting madly from flower to flower like a honey bee on fast forward, ProfessorRoush randomly wandered later past the same 'Souvenir du President Lincoln' blossom and took another photograph at almost the same angle. This one was taken at 6:44 p.m. Look again at Mr. Spider on the lower left of the bloom.
He doesn't seem to have moved very far, but he appears a little less distinct, doesn't he? In closeup, you can now discern that he has captured a tiny green insect, one that I would naively call a "leafhopper" but I don't really know the genus.
Whatever the identity of this spider and insect, these photos pretty much sum up the microscopic war hidden within our gardens, don't they? We lumbering apes think it's just all about color and growth and sex, but we too seldom get a glimpse beyond the veil like this one. There are likely lots of lessons lurking in this unfolded drama, but ProfessorRoush has gained yet more evidence that a garden can ably manage to protect itself in the absence of synthetic insecticides.
If we could please keep this between us, however, I'd appreciate it. Some of these roses come inside, hitchhikers and all, and Mrs. ProfessorRoush takes a dim view of even the most microscopic spiders on her kitchen countertops.