Leaf-footed Bug Nymph

Leaf-footed Bug Nymph, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

These tiny bugs are a lot of fun to photograph. They get themselves in positions that look like they are posing for the camera. I don’t know if they are just as curious as I am and simply starring back to investigate or if it’s defensive in nature.

Immature True Bugs are called “nymphs” because they experience incomplete metamorphosis. This means that they don’t become pupae: one molt changes a nymph into an adult. However, nymphs go through a lot of very different stages called instars before they become adults. This is where True Bug identification is most challenging.

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