DAILY PHOTO: Butterflies of Bohol

Taken in December of 2017 on Bohol Island in the Philippines

 

DAILY PHOTO: Giant Pill Millipede, i.e. Sphaerotheriida

Taken on May 28, 2017 in Coorg, near Madikeri

 

They curl up into a ball to wait out danger. Size: a little smaller than a golf ball.

DAILY PHOTO: Praying Mantis on the Gunwale

Taken on the Kameng River crossing to Nameri National Park in Assam

 

Full Disclosure: I know little to nothing about insects. Therefore, it’s possible this bug isn’t in the Praying Mantis family at all. It just had a triangular head with bugged-out eyes and the folded up stabby arms, and I saw some in pics on the internet in which mantises had wings similar to this one.

 

If you know your insects and I’m wrong, please feel free to comment and I will own my mistake and fix it.

POEM: Red Millipede

Hey, there, Mr. Millipede.

Shall I judge you by word or deed?

If by word, you’re big, stinky liar.

I counted 200 feet, not one higher.

“1000 feet” is pure exaggeration.

I say with no intended defamation.


By deed, now, that’s a different story.

You deserve all the accolades and glory.

I trip and stumble on just my two feet.

With 200, I’d never make it across the street.

How can your tiny brain keep feet moving?

Does each step need pre-approving?


[National Poetry Month: Poem #13]