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]

DAILY PHOTO: African Carpenter Bee on a Flower

Taken in May of 2016 at the Palmwood Lodge in Lusaka

Taken in May of 2016 at the Palmwood Lodge in Lusaka

 

I’m back from travels in Thailand, Zambia, and the UAE with lots of new photos. This is an African species of Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caffra) hanging from a flower. Lusaka was in full bloom, despite the fact that it’s [southern hemisphere] winter there and the weather was cool.