Life within death.
Physalis alkekengi, or the Chinese/Japanese Lantern, blooms during Winter and dries during Spring. Once it is dried, the bright red fruit is seen. The outer cover is a thin mesh that held the flower petals, seen in golden brown colour.
I wish I could live happily together with everyone… I had thought the days were all wasted, but they were such a bounty! Always dreaming of the unrealistic, I never looked at what I had right around me. That was the life I chose. And this is the result I wished for.
The Tatami Galaxy (Episode 11)
Ant-mimicking nymph of a longhorned grasshopper
This nymph of a (false) katydid or bush-cricket, ~2-3 cm, looks like a giant ant (mimicry);however, ants (Hymenoptera) neither have such - long - antennae nor such strong hind-legs (femur)! The colouration supports the mimicry: the dark colour of antennae is interrupted by a broad white part, hence they seem to be short like the ones of ants. The same happens with the colourful neon-stripes that legs seem thin and the body seems constricted… like a real ant!
Subfamily: Phaneropterinae, Family: Tettigoniidae
Table Mountain National Park, Gunung Meja, West Papua, Indonesia
(photo: Guido Bohne)
stillness (by zaliazolyte)