Saturday, June 16, 2007

Entymological Moi

WARNING INSECT PICTURE FOLLOWS!



So I'm sitting at my computer this morning, as usual, writing code for the searchers 2.0 website, when Jon comes in and says, "Do you want to see something weird?" I said, "Is it disturbing?" He said, "It might be."

dread...

I follow him out back. He points at the big, woody rosemary bush in our brick planter. It's covered with white fluff. I look closely. It's foamy fluff.

We don't know what the heck it can be, but it doesn't look good. We've had a problem with black widows in that area in the past, but this year, perhaps because it's been so dry, we haven't seen any. It reminds us of what the pond looks like when fish spawn- you get the idea? I thought if all these foamy sacs hatch we're going to be in a plague of bugs. I used to have insect fear. I've gotten over it, mostly...

Jon left me in charge of solving this . He was suddenly quite busy. Where to start? I opened a guide book I bought long ago, "Insects of the Los Angeles Basin." (I was really into nature guides for awhile!) Somehow I found what they were: Spittle Bugs!!



But as you can see they don't actually spit, um, no... Anyway, I chopped the rosemary bush way way back and put all the stems in the green can, with a heavy lid on top. Just hope no one opens that can before trash day and lets loose the plague of spittles.

It made for a less than lovely Saturday.

8 comments:

linda said...

Sally, I can't deal.

The lid on the green can may seem heavy, but just to be sure: can you clamp it shut? Or at least go ahead and wheel it out on the sidewalk in front of Fritzy's house.

Sally said...

Oh, no. This is terrible. I think I've seen that foam before and thought it was a weird form of mildew.

Sally said...

As Luci would say, this really brings out my entomophobia.

Sally said...

They're BAAACK! A new spittoon of spittle bugs gracing the rosemary bush stumps.

actionscript pro said...

um.onSpittingOut=moveawayfr.bug(){
var? here=North(this._city.SF(1))
nice.gotoAndStop(here);
play.eat=drink[here-1];
}

Sally said...

Loving that action script!

Sally said...

great code, hysterical! These amateurs turn pro pretty fast!

linda said...

The person who wrote that code probably wasn't an amateur.