It is a tiny green insect.
Which is dead.
So I put it on a piece of memo paper and took some photos of it:
There it is.
Neon-green body with irridescent orangey-pink wings... and very obvious BLACK eyes.
Isn't it cute?
I placed a regular 10 cent coin beside it.
Next to the insect, the coin looks like a gigantic, hefty hunk of pig iron.
Here is a crop of the previous photo at 100% full resolution.
As you can see, the insect is about as long as the thickness of the coin.
Which means it is about 1 mm long, with wings that are less than 2 mm long. I count three obviously visible wings; one might have broken off. So it used to have four wings and not two wings like a housefly.
You can also see that it is at the limit of my camera's resolving power. I can't get much more detail than that.
So I tried to take photos of it through my trusty 6X loupe - like a makeshift macro lens.
It's not very good but some additional details become visible.
At 100% resolution you can now see some veiny details on the wings, the blue-green thread-like legs, and what looks like two mouth parts below its face.
From the front, the face of the insect resembles a mantis, but it's hard to tell if the elongation below the eyes is mainly part of the mouth or the neck.
You can also see some serrations on its legs. I estimate the length of each spike to be less than 0.05 mm - well below the resolving power of the naked eye.
From the side, it doesn't look like an insect at all. It looks more like a frog with wings... on snow skis!
From the back, its three wings can be clearly seen.
I haven't been able to identify this insect yet. It's not a lacewing fly and it doesn't look like a parasitic wasp.
Whatever it is, it is the smallest
Would you like to know more?
Other denizens of my neighbourhood:
- A grey lizard that isn't really grey
- Bugs in the city