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Sunday, May 09, 2004

I'll be damned...

Another (not-so-)little bugger showed up! I woke up in the middle of the night to hear a buzzing which demanded investigation. I hit the "all lights on" button on one of my X-10 remotes and started looking. By this time the buzzing abruptly stopped, but I thought I had a heading and ventured out into the living room. after several minutes of searching I was about to give up, but then I heard it again coming from the kitchen. Sure enough, scooting across the floor toward the computer room (aka dining room) was another caterpillar hunter. This guy, though smaller than the other, was no less swift. He picked a handy spot to be found though as I was able to grab an old Cool Whip container to scoop him up in. Another half-step and I was in reach of my camera to snap a now familiar subject. Hopefully this was a mate to the other and they somehow piggybacked in on my art show displays from last weekend; otherwise, I might be looking at a peculiar (albeit pretty) infestation as I discovered here, UA Arthropod Museum, that these beetles can be found in bunches. Not really a pleasing prospect when I think about rolling over one in bed and getting chomped and sprayed with stinky stuff. Anyway, due to the hour, this one was unceremoniously tossed out from my balcony instead of escorted to a bush like its partner in crime. Not a problem apparently since this one likes to fly more than this species usually does. Here's beetle number two's portrait:

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