This cute little jumping spider was busy eating a mirid bug when I found it. It is a widespread species and is highly active when the sun is shining.
Bush-crickets (Katydids) and grasshoppers are often abundant in the alpine meadows.
The click-beetle shown below was getting ready to take to the wing and flew off a couple of seconds later.
At one location in Mercantour National Park, I found a colony of a gorgeous, multicoloured leaf beetle Chrysolina fastuosa. As you can see from the photographs, they have quite variable colours and markings on their elytra.
Green Tiger Beetles are highly active, sun-loving creatures and even when otherwise occupied with copulation are extremely difficult to approach.
Biting insects are not much of a problem in the Alps as I was usually at too high an altitude to be bothered by mosquitoes. The only insects that occasionally made a nuisance of themselves were the horse-flies. These can be abundant in places, especially if there is grazing livestock in the area, but most are not particularly anthropophilic species so they mostly left me alone and didn't attempt to bite me very often.
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