Wednesday, June 02, 2010

When you need a break from writing...

...you can always rely on the tropics for a diversion.

I am at the moment reading my book aloud. That's right, aloud. To myself. From a printout, which I correct as I find all the mistakes I never saw when reading silently. A ton of them, in fact. And when I get hoarse, I take the corrections and put them in the digital copy on my computer. (Have you any idea how long it is going to take me to read aloud 600 pages? No, I thought not. This is day 3 and I have done a mere 28,500 words.)

Anyway, here it is 11pm and along came a diversion, to sit on the edge of the laptop lid, and then on my dictionary cover, finally on my arm... while my husband and I scrambled to take pictures.





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Anyway, here I have no idea what it is, but it stood tiptoe on its pointy little feet, long-legged, two antennae thrust forward like horns, beady eyes, wings disproportionally long like a glider, body squat like a flea.

I think I'll go to bed.
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9 comments:

Peter said...

Could it have been a hoarse fly?

glenda larke said...

LOL! I wish I could think of some good riposte to that...

budak said...

hi,

it's a hemipteran in the family Derbidae. One of the weirdest in the order.

glenda larke said...

Thanks, Budak! So is what I called antennae actually proboscis? I was wondering if it was a true fly because of the single pair of wings, but couldn't find anything that looked remotely like it online...

Jo said...

Ha Ha Peter.

Is Noramly listening to your recitation? I do know how long it can take as I us books on CD to walk to (treadmill) - I could read them silently far faster.

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budak said...

hi Glenda,

those two 'horns' are the antennae. if you notice the underside, there's a long proboscis (characteristic of the order) tucked under the body which the bug uses to suck plant sap. Not much online literature available on the family though; says much for how little we know of these things.

Jo said...

You know, I was just thinking, if a bug landed on my laptop and/or my arm, my reaction would be to flick it off at the least, not run around taking pictures of it. Just as well there are people like you and Noramly.

Glenda Larke said...

Yeah, Jo. We are slightly crazy...