Monday, July 19, 2010
Tiger (beetle) In The Kitchen
This tiger beetle (Bug Doug ... what kind?) was running around my kitchen counter top Sunday, so I scooped him up in a Chinese restaurant take out soup container ... huh? Oh, what kind of soup? It was Hot and Sour actually. Next time you are passing through Chiefland, Florida, stop in at Mya's Noodle house and try it.
Mya is a sweetie and she KNOWS how to do Hot and Sour.
What were we talking about?
Oh , ... Tiger Beetles.
These insects are aptly named as they are voracious predators ... probably much more so than your typical Tiger who tends to eat a lot and then sleep a lot. Tiger beetles always seem to be late for something ... in a hurry, can't stop, must dash, must flit, must fly, must scurry away ... just as you kneel down and get ready to photograph.
Nice bulgy eyes (this might be the elusive Marty Feldman Tiger Beetle).
Bulgy eyes help you to see a wider view ... another reason why sneaking up on a Tiger Beetle for a close up is sometimes maddening.
Check out those mandibles too.
That's some serious equipment.
I painted away the weekend, but I did stop long enough to catch a wasp using the bamboo wasp house. As a scale of reference, the bamboo ends are about the size of a big drinking straw.
In other words, that is a pretty tiny wasp.
Almost late for my training ... as you can tell by the staccato nature of this post!