Whuh? When did spring happen?

Being a shut in the majority of the time, sometimes I forget what is happening outside my door during the hours where the sun is in the sky.  Which is silly, considering I love nothing more than walking around outside barefoot, and leafing through plants for insects.  Today was the first time in ages that I actually did just that…  and goddammit…  I’m ecstatic I did.  I’ve always considered myself the poor-man’s (or woman’s) entomologist.  There are few things that compare to bug hunting for me…  getting out there, with my jars, camera, and bug net.  Examining the microcosmic planets of the insects, while trying to avoid getting ticks.  Anyway, in taking a stroll today, I happened upon some teeeensy newborn mantids, and two rather awesomely toned grasshoppers (among other things).  I hunted for those mantid’s ootheca for ages, as they seemed to be sort of clustered on one plant, but to no avail.

Either way, INSECT HIGH FIVE!!

8 Thoughts on “Whuh? When did spring happen?

  1. It just occurred to me that I haven’t commented in months.
    So this is me commenting.
    You’re awesome.
    *Insect high-five*

  2. Jason B: Thank you… Insect high-five, man!

  3. Crista on April 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm said:

    Hehe praying mantises (bad english?) are too cute. I used to draw them all the time in middle school. Your pictures made me feel so nostalgic. You should take pictures of bugs more often :]

  4. Stevie on April 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm said:

    Wow, these pictures are great! I remember last year I got two praying mantis eggs and the mantises were so cute and tiny when they hatched. I love insects!

  5. You just picked my favorite insect! Your pictures are really good and I love how the first one looks. They are like little mantis’ babies!

    You should also photograph the environment where you did your photoshooting and your bug-hunting gear. The most comfy thing, though, I bet, is the barefootness (super sic).

    Happy to read your posts as always.

  6. Trishelle on April 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

    I absolutely love the second mantis picture. They are all really neat, but that’s my favorite.

  7. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390109/

    …not that the title reflects my opinions at all.i still step aside of ant hills.

  8. Aubrey on July 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

    Great pics!!! You reminded me of the “Beginning Drawing” class I took at the community college here: There was an elderly woman in the class who made some amazing drawings, and once she brought in this incredibly detailed pencil drawing she’d done of a praying mantis on a tree. She said she just sat there for hours watching it and drawing it. And you know what the drawing teacher said? “EWW!” Then refused to look at the drawing. ACH!! So, it’s good to see someone appreciating the insect universe!

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