Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Austin, a Pictorial

I’m not insect crazy, folks, but these are my interests. I’ll eventually snap some pictures of 6th Street or whatever, but people just get drunk there, and that’s doable in any city.

This is an antlion. They live in funnel-shaped depressions in loose soil, and when an unsuspecting ant falls in the pit (think Return of the Jedi or Enemy Mine), the antlion feels the vibration from the cascading soil and flings dirt at the bugger until its prey slides to the funnel point where the antlion captures it in its mandibles and drags it under. How’s that for a nightmare? The antlion is the larval form of a dragonfly-type beast, but admittedly, I don’t know the whole process. You, however, are now empowered with the term “antlion” and may google it if your fancy needs such tickling. Click for an up-closeThis is my naturalist assistant and “Little Brother,” Watson. He took our antlion expedition very seriously and even secured several specimens in our empty snowcone cups to be transplanted in his backyard for further observation.This last picture shows the little antlion pits.

11 comments:

Chindiana said...

if you find antlions much larger that those I have a marketing manager that i need to chuck down that pit...

f8hasit said...

I was pulling some weeds today and grabbing onto these clinging vines on my fence when squish, something just didn't quite feel like a leaf...
...here it was one of those big green tomato catapillar type bugs that look like leaves.

Totally grossed me out. I was jumoing all over the yard shaking my hands cause I squished it.

Make me want to vomit just thinking about it.
Fear factor...no way.
:-)

Sharon Reynolds said...

Carlos, you have the tiniest hands. ;)

carma said...

I have recently turned insect crazy. Today I've posted about chiggers - again!

Don't know that I've ever seen an antlion though

C. Andres Alderete said...

Chindiana, there are buttloads of them on Tatooine. Your marketing manager's not a Jedi, is he?

Nancy, I had a moth fly into my mouth once when I was a kid. I was kicking around in my front yard, looking for grasshoppers, when it made its move. I was upset.

Sharon, they're great for nose-picking.

Carma, antlions are magical creatures.

Sharon Reynolds said...

Ewwww.

Antlions are pretty cool, but I want to see a lionant. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Chindiana said...

On Tatooine eh? lovely. that's just south of Malaysia. We call in Singapore...

And the sonovabitch is a Jar Jar Gungan motherlover so hope your antlions aren't discerning diners.

Chrissy said...

Why are guys so fascinated with bugs and insects and gross stuff? I have the willies just thinking about that poor ant.

Sharon Reynolds said...

Because of their willies.

Carlos, you really should have consulted me before "pursuing other projects." This is BULLSHIT!

Hugs,
Sharon

DreamChaser1998 said...

your post on f8hasit "a state of harmonic euphoria but I was 17 and on psilocybic mushrooms"!!!!! laughing my ASS off!!!! :D

C. Andres Alderete said...

Chrissy, I'm fascinated a lot of things. Boyish things included. My other fascination is nude women.

Sharon, you're FACE is bullshit.

Janie, I love you.

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