What will my future be?

Doris Day? No. Our old friend, Oxya chinensis. After agonizing for so long over its identity I thought the least I could do is show you what the orgy of nymphatic colour becomes when adulthood hits it. I don’t think Doris would have been impressed. Not so very que sera sera I suspect. And did you know that QSS was originally published in 1956? Its older than I am for goodness sake. And DD is 88 if Wikipedia is to be believed. I bet she doesn’t still look like the picture in the article. And her real name is Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff. I like Day better, with no offense to anybody else called Mary Ann Kappelhoff.

Sharp eyes will notice that the rear end of the grasshopper is not, well…….sharp. I checked the shutter speed and it was 1/250 and the rest of the thing is tack sharp. The only conclusion I can come to therefore is that the respiratory rate of a grasshopper is a lot faster than I had imagined. Its a shame as otherwise I quite liked this but now it will be consigned to the byte-bin of history.

I found two other interesting grasshoppers yesterday. One posed quite nicely alongside its frass. There’s simply no privacy anywhere these days it seems to be saying.

Xenocatantops brachycerus

And the second was wandering around the top of a hedge and it was simply not possible to get a clean image. In the end I chose the image that showed best the face and allowed the rest of the gropper to blur into the distance. I liked the face because it looks as if it is carved out of wood. It reminded me of a puppet. I don’t think Sandy Shaw would have won the Eurovision Caterwauling Contest with Grasshopper on a String but who knows. Here is Ms. Shaw.

Erianthus sp.

Finally, as I assume you may be getting bored with grasshoppers, here is just the thing we all need when things go awry and others annoy us – an assassin bug. And its upside down. Don’t ask me why but it seemed to prefer life from this angle. I may give it  a whirl one day.

Sycanus croceovittatus

So that was enough for one afternoon. Tonight I get to go out to dinner at my club with some old work chums. Much looked forward to even if it means driving onto the island. We also have the fairly high risk of a typhoon heading our way again. It is currently on course for Taiwan, whence it is forecast to veer left hand down a bit towards Hong Kong. If it doesn’t then I may venture out again tomorrow but if it does, I shall be hiding behind the dog’s basket. What I really  want is cooler weather, the start of autumn migration and some birds to photograph. It just can’t come soon enough.