Sunday, August 21, 2011

magetra cancellata / vittata?

I thought to share the glory of my personal favorite backyard buddy:

She looks fearsome, I know, but she's a herbivore - and we aren't a bad lot, really! (credits to My favorite part of this rather anatomically-bizarre critter is its ambulation. They bustle-waddle-stilt at an improbable and highly-precarious speed. It makes sense why Gallup-ites call them "Football Beetles." Other names have been Red and Black Blister Beetles and Sunday Water-Haulers.
Per the last name, maybe I can conscript them to water our little garden .  . . ?
Off to plan and prep and read.
Over and out!

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