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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, April 11, 2011

I’m being bugged!

The heat and humidity continued today which caused me to be reluctant to do much of anything at all.  So, I went with the flow and really didn’t do much of anything.  Smile  Emma and I did take a couple of walks today which resulted in me sweating bullets, and she just flopped down outside when we got back to the rig. 

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We did encounter about 100 of these bugs along the way.  I couldn’t figure out if they were crickets or grasshoppers.  I’ve never seen either species with this color combination.  I tried googling  both insects, but came up empty.  They were staying in a group, but did hop about when approached.  I found them down by the bayou.

 

As we sat outside this afternoon, I continued to make progress on my reading of James Michener’s “Texas.”  I read it in 1985 when it was first published, but I had never been to Texas at that time.  So, I decided to read it again now that I can identify with the locations in the story.  I like Michener, but it has always been a struggle to keep all of his characters straight, and I must admit that now I struggle more with the small print.Sad smile  I think if I got that book in large print it would weigh about 25 pounds!  Michener was never one to skimp on words.

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As I sat with the book in my hands, I began to feel things crawling around on my arms and legs.  Apparently nsome butterfly or moth eggs have hatched, and I was inundated with caterpillars today.  They were all the same kind with a red head, four white dots on the back, followed by orange spots along the end section.  I gave up trying to identify this species after my disaster with the cricket/grasshopper.  There have been a lot of swallowtail butterflies flitting around lately, so maybe that’s what kind they are.

 

My friend, GYPSY, talked about pouring over her paper road maps in her blog post today, and that hit home for me.  As usual, when it gets close to the time I’m leaving an assignment, I’ve been doing the same thing.  I sit with my map book and plot all the possibilities for my departure.  I’ve got a little over two weeks to go, and I guess hitch itch has set in.  It’s getting to be time to head on down the road.  Indiana is my eventual destination; I just have to decide how to get there.

 

Thanks for stopping by…. talk to you later,  Judy

28 comments:

  1. I like those little caterpillars :)

    Cheers!

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  2. So what's your favorite atlas? Can you believe - I don't even own a GPS!

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  3. You might try:

    http://www.whatsthatbug.com/

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  4. OK take that back...I own one for hiking but not one for the roads!

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  5. Interesting-looking bugs. Hopefully, it won't be so balmy as you head northward. I'm with you -- heat & humidity are not my friends:(

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  6. One more reason to consider a Kindle or other e-reader. You can enlarge the font so it's easy to read. I did that so I can read in bed without my glasses. Love it!!

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  7. eewww, those bugs are gross... hate BUGS. I'm afraid if they were crawling on me, would have had a 'fit'!! LOVE Michener,remember Texas as a good read. I also read it way back when, it would be interesting to read again.

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  8. Could they be this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2807/bgimage

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  9. Lubber Grasshoppers, they grow to almost 3 inches in a very short period of time. In our sticks and bricks, they would destroy the blooms on my Lillies in one evening. I really disliked them! I think the White-marked tussock moth caterpillar is your other bugger :)

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  10. We are sending a cold front your way, into the 50's at Balcones tonight. Check out the picture of the adult lubber its a much different look than the immature...not anonymous Diana

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  11. Could it be a Romalea microptera?

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  12. Guess we left just in time huh? - not sure I would like the interesting looking bugs and the humidity - heat is ok :)

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  13. Cute bugs, I would guess crickets. What day do you leave the Refuge? If I pick up my RV next week, I may be traveling near there. I don't want to drive home through Georgia, steep grades, not good for 1st few days in RV. I would like to stop at the National Seashore on the way home. Thought I would go from Florida to Mississippi and then North to Chicago, adds a few miles to the trip, and I would get some beach time.

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  14. At first I thought, "Yuk, I hate bugs". But when you look at them, they really are colorful and you can begin to see a beauty all their own. I wouldn't want them crawling around on me though.

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  15. Those black and red bugs sure look like crickets, but I see another commentor has labled them grasshoppers. Do you ever go on enature.com. I find a lot of different things on that site. :)

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  16. Interesting-looking bugs but you can keep 'em! I am wondering what sort we will have here when it finally warms up. IF it finally warms up! I did see the first bumblebee of the year yesterday. No GPS here, either. Give me a road map or atlas any day! Stay cool!

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  17. We're about ready to travel als0, and we know exactly how we are getting to Carson City, Nevada -- weather permitting. Those mountain passes can be awful at times. After Carson City, we're going somewhere else, buit we don't know for sure where or when!
    Yes, the little fuzzies were attractive, but not if they are crawling up your leg.

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  18. Try the kindle app for your computer. Does not take up space and you can increase the print size.

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  19. I HATE jumping things...including frogs and grasshoppers! Please do NOT jump at me or on me...that's my phobia...
    I read anything Michener..loved Texas..but my favorite of his is "Alaska"...He certainly does delve deeply into the history...even the life cycle of a Salmon...He is definitely NOT for everyone, but I find him a fascinating read!!

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  20. We have those same bugs here in Florida. They jump a little and must be some type of cricket. Haven't seen many of them though, thank goodness.

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  21. Thanks, Judy. I'll let you know once I get the RV and am on my way back to Illinois.

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  22. Two words:

    BUG SPRAY!

    LOL

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  23. I like bugs & for the most part do not find them offensive at all. Never have. They are just little critters doing the best they can with what they got just like the rest of of us creatures. Bugs often have great colors & are a great challenge to photograph. Don't know why so many people have such a big bug-a-boo about bugs!!

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  24. Not being a bug type person, I would have to say that despite being very professionally photographed, they are dead ugly!

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  25. Creepy, icky, yucky, but beautiful in their own way. As long as that way is far from me.

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