This week’s photo prompt from Miles Rost encouraged my search to identify the little red/white and black bug.
I discovered it is the nymph of the Lanternfly, which as an invasive species into the US is causing damage to crops and trees.
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Mary swiped at the nymph she missed as it took off and disappeared into the foliage below.
She believed in live and let live as every creature has a place in our shared world. Mum taught her to care by trapping the spiders with a jar and to release them safely into the garden.
She accidentally crushed a beetle as it crossed her path. Sorry! Her attention was distracted, looking for signs of lantern flies.
Tears rolled over her cheeks; this is wrong, the annihilation of a species.
They ruined her orchard.
She saw two; rushed forward and splattered them.