We have found tiny copper colored insect eggs in the past. Today we got to see some hatch. Last year we did a post about some tiny red kidney-shaped eggs and the little Box Elder Bugs that hatched. We do not know what these are. Hope to keep them long enough to find out.
The tiny insects start to darken very soon after hatching. These two prodded and poked at one another for a few seconds and then started checking out the rest of the leaf. The darker one had explored a bit and then came back to the eggs where it encountered the freshly hatched red one.
This single insect provides a clearer view as it was darkening. The very long antenna are also beginning to be visible (top image) as the eggs were hatching. They were the first parts to emerge from the eggs.
A ring-flash set a 1:2 ratio brought out more detail on this very tiny, very bristly insect in the bottom image. The top two images were made in our light tent with photographic daylight compact fluorescent bulbs placed to control shadows and modeling on the eggs and insects.
The background is the same out-of-focus vegetation (flowera and leaves) image hung in the back of the light tent. The colors vary because the subject is so tiny and very small camera position changes bring another small section of color into view. The depth of field around the insect is so shallow that the out-of-focus background becomes even more out-of-focus.