Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stink Bug Gets Vertical




Gardening, you might see one of these a day, but another weekend of record heat has brought them out in droves. Well, maybe not droves. Four, to be exact. It took 45 minutes to get enough moisture onto the plants this morning and this fellow tried the whole time to scale a wall. He'd get 5 inches up, tumble off and try again. He and his friends would not be detered. All attempting to head up and east, and quite erratically. Remarkably, one fifth of the 1.5 million species on Earth are beetles. This is the common calosoma, known locally as a stink bug, as when perturbed, it will emit an odor likened to burning insulation.

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