The Nymphs Next Door

A grashopper nymph alights on a lavender bush in Carthay Circle.
A grashopper nymph alights on a lavender bush in Carthay Circle.

Who would have thought an army of these tiny grasshopper nymphs might be living alongside us in the thriving, noisy, urban heart of Los Angeles?

Photographer Alan Marino captured these colorful creatures with a couple of macro lenses and some adept camera work.

“These guys landed August 31st, 2013 and the full grown adults have two months later colonized my lavender bushes,” Marino shared. He found them in the courtyard of his home in Carthay Circle. ” The adults don’t seem to be eating much of anything. They’re totally camouflaged until you water the lavender and then they suddenly show up in contrast to the wet leaves.”

The video has sci-fi overtones with the little buggers all lined up looking at us and music from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross by Kevin Sullivan © 2013. Take a moment and savor. And maybe next time look a bit more closely at what nymph may be hiding in your own back yard.

Alan Marino is a guerrilla filmmaker living in Carthay Circle who tramples through the jungle that is Los Angeles. More of his work can be seen on Vimeo.

Also by Marino:

Larchmont Buzz: Banjo Player Plays the Page

Larchmont Buzz: Chasing Pavement on Larchmont Boulevard

 

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About Julie Grist

Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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