It has been another hot and humid weekend, so it was time this afternoon to hose the plants. And just look what came out after to drink and to wash and shower themselves. The leafhopper bugs, collectively known as the Cicadellidae.
They are less than 5mm (0.2in), and our gardens are apparently teeming with them. But how often do we see them? How beautiful these mini beasts can be living within their microcosmos.
Thanks to Craig Slawson and Dave Budworth of the Staffordshire Ecological Record for helping to confirm and identify these species.
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Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.