Soapberry Bugs have always fascinated me since I could remember them. I’ve seen many different kinds of these bugs. When I would go for a walk with Vida, she was scared of these bugs and would scream and cry a lot. She’s not anymore and loves looking at them. I made a macro video of them. I wanted to show you how adaptable these bugs are to the changes in the enviroment. I find all of this amazing because humans are afraid of change because of uncertainty outcome. These Soapberry Bugs can teach us how to adapt to change because change is always inevitable.
I took some macro photos of these bugs. They’re really hard to take photos of them because they move really fast.
One of the things I did capture was their mating habits. I’m guessing the female is the fat on full of eggs. The male is fertilizing the eggs before she pushes the eggs out of her abdomen.
These Golden Rain Tree seeds are for the babies once they hatch out of their eggs. The rule of thumb for how many eggs that will come out is double of the seed they gathered for the babies. The say the growing rate is 25% faster than human and only 20% will survive to full maturity.
Here’s an adult Soapberry looking over the pile of seed before the female lay its eggs.
The only time I can capture these bugs is when they feed from the Golden Rain Tree Seeds. They stay still and I can photograph them. I’ve seen many squashed bug along the sidewalk. I try my best not to step on them.
The reason why they are pests is they hide away in cracks in winter and hibernate. While they hibernate they go to the bathroom and leave nasty stains all over the place. Other than that, they are harmless and just do their normal routine in life. Crawl around gather seeds, eat the branches, seeds and leaves from the tree. They do no harm to anyone but are vital to the ecosystem. There are other species of these bugs and found all over the world. They will look different but have the habits as these bugs. No matter how much the environment changes, they will always adapt to those changes. They seem to like life under a tree.
I took all the photos with a 2.8x macro lens using ProCamera. The movie was film with 2.8x macro lens, used the on-board movie app on the iPhone and edited with iMovie. Music in the film by Kakurenbo and titled Yume-Urara. If you have any questions about this blog post, want to learn more about Soapberries click HERE and please leave comments. Have a great day and see you soon.