One thing I always do when I drive home after dark is to check whether any interesting bugs are in the garage. It is a rarity to find anything interesting during the day. Today was an exception. Mrs. Ha and I had been out for a quick bite to eat and to buy me some holiday trousers. Most shops laugh when they know my waist / leg size. Hong Kong emporia are targeting the Asian physique. I fail on just about every count. If you are under 1.80m you are probably ok but at 1.90m you are going to struggle. Each time I have exhausted every other possibility I resort to go old M&S. And of course if you don’t mind boring fashions that went out in the 40s they are perfect. And I don’t. The Glenn Miller collection I think it is called. Mrs. Ha would not be seen moribund in anything from M&S. I get my own back by refusing to buy anything from what might loosely be termed boutiques. I make perhaps two exceptions – Armani and Zegna. I loved my Tesco jeans – £4 they cost me. Mrs. Ha threw them out but I rescued them. Anyway I returned with 2 pairs of M&S linen trousers for less than the cost of setting foot in most places here. Amortised over 5 years they will hardly hit the P&L. As Mrs. Ha is wont to say, excellent money for value. (Don’t forget the Chinese work from right to left). But I seem to be wildly adrift from the garage and its after lunch visitors.
I am sure most people have seen and would recognise a Lacewing. How many people I wonder have seen them with their wings folded flat as opposed to held in a tectiform position? I do not recall having seen one but here is the proof:
Not a great shot but it was glued to the ceiling of the garage above Mrs. Ha’s car and neither of us wanted to drive it out just so I could take a better photo. No commitment, I know. You can see the venation. I don’t know exactly what species it is. If it isn’t a Lacewing please tell me what it is but surely of the order Neuroptera. I wonder whether it is some form of cooling technique to open the wings like this.
Visitor number two was also in a less than ideal position but I did a little better. Or maybe not. This, I am sure is a Katydid, order Othoptera. Again, I am not sure of the exact species. HK seems to lack an expert in Orthoptera.
It never took its eyes off me. Like a picture, following me around the garage. The Mona Katydid. And they are both undoubtedly still there. I however have taken refuge in the study with the aircon breathing its zephyr-like coolness on me. And here I shall remain until we venture out to the club tonight. I am already starting to dribble at the the thought of my favourite Hokkaido scallops. Who knows what may be in the garage when we get back. Its a great excuse for going out of a Sunday evening.