19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Crisp Nature and its Vibrant Insects

Crisp Nature and its Vibrant Insects I went apple picking with my family during the pandemic. We stopped by an apple tree and I studied the leaves, I found this tiny insect on a leaf on one apple tree. If I had walked a minute longer or an inch away, I would have missed it. It reminded me that insects need to live and exist in their environment and sometimes they don't want to be noticed. It almost seemed like the green from the leaf is reflected on the insect if you look closely, like it is trying to camouflage itself to become unnoticed while it seeks the sweet nectar of the apple leaves to survive and exist in this changing world. Yet it remains unchanged in its natural environment.

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Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States of America
Copyright: © Yehezkel Yehoshua