Sunday 7 September 2008

I've been bad - # 08/211

I've no idea whether this insect is a "beneficial" i.e. "good" insect or a harmful, therefore "bad" insect.

I have a strong suspicion that the concepts of beneficial or harmful are related to what we Humans regard as good or bad for Us, rather than some totally "objective" rating outside the Human domain.

Anyway: I now think that for a long time I have definitely been "bad". I have always respected the insect world, but never paid much attention to it. But now, having more time to reflect and also benefiting from a camera with macro capability I am beginning to think that perhaps I ought to apologise to the insect world.

I don't know what this specimen is. But I see that it is wonderfully made and not unlike me. It has a head, with two magnificent eyes. It also has a cleverly made "armour-plated" body (not at all like me). It's attractive, with excellent dress and colour sense (just admire those Italian-style padded shoulders); exactly like me!..........So, Yes: I would like to think that it and I could be friends and agree.

Camera: Olympus C7070 wz


  1. What a little beauty!!! I have seen these before here but not sure what his name is. Great outfit though - could be a Vogue cover!!!!

  2. He DOES have little shoulder pads!

  3. Defintely a different kind of photo!
    My first reaction was also: "It looks like Chuckeroon"! :-)

  4. What a fabulous insect. Confess I've never seen this exact same chap before but what a beauty he is. Love the photograph and his amazing fashion sense. Am sure he looks just like you, Chuckeroon.

    I loved what you wrote too. Personally I won't kill anything. Remember years ago, when I lived in Wales, I used to have a spider that lived behind the spare bedroom wardrobe. My ex-husband and his new wife were staying and I forgot to tell him that Humphrey was a very OK spider, when suddenly he walked down the stairs, a piece of newspaper in his hand and one very dead Humphrey. I was so mad at myself.

    The only insect I can't tolerate is a cockroach, having fought endless battles with them in Queensland but the pet frog helped.

    Sorry, this turned into a novel...

  5. I've seen a few of these critters around - green ones too. If it is the same one then it is a flying insect which is interesting giving the armour plated look. Bit like seeing a Chieftain tank take to the skies. But that reminds me that modern science declares the bumble bee incapable of flight.

    On your thoughts about good and bad, I read somewhere taht if the human race died out that cockroaches would rapidly follow, regardless of their ability to survive nuclear holocausts etc. I wonder what that tells us about out symbiotic relationship?

  6. I do not know what it is but it's a great closeup, nice work