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Monday, August 5, 2013
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It’s been a buggy summer here. In late May and early June, we had a huge invasion of 17-year cicadas. My residence just happens to be dead-center in a 4 or 5 block cicada “hot-spot”. The droning noise was really getting creepy after a while, and all the dead cicadas in the driveway from various stages of their development got rather messy. I was glad once they finished their business and were safely underground by early July.

Since then, I’ve had the usual summertime apartment invaders, including various brown beetles and a stray lightning bug here and there. (And those darn fruit flies that I discussed on July 6; then there was that bug in the zendo from June 14). But over the past 2 weeks I’ve seen a small fleet of butterflies tending to the plants out front. Much nicer than cicadas and beetles, but still kind-of . . . buggy.

Oh well, enjoy the shots. I might actually miss some of these critters on a dark-gray 5 degree morning in January.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 6:00 pm      

  1. Jim, Again, nice pictures. I have noticed that men this year (another in Kentucky) seem to be taking pictures of bugs recently. I’ll not include butterflies as they are so pretty (most of them) that I really don’t see them as bugs.

    And yes, I can see having had enough of cicadas. I’ve lived through more than one time when the cicadas had their 17 year “coming out”.

    I’m beginning to think it’s a “man thing”–the fascination with bugs. (Left over from their young days?) While the bugs are interesting, I find the plants alone would be lovely; and, of course, butterflies on plants are beautiful (for the most part). Yet, to each his own; no criticism intended here, more an observation of the difference in the sexes. MCS

    Comment by Mary — August 6, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  2. Beautiful as usual, Jim! Thanks for sharing. I was immediately inspired by the first photograph to create a response to that visual image in the form of jewellery, and even a large scale installation showcasing the intricate woven tapestry of the wings! Gold hues and bright orange/vermillion!

    Comment by bunnyhopscotch — August 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

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