coleopteric gifts

15 November, 2008 at 8:05 pm (life, work) (, , , , , , , , )


I am surrounded by generous friends.  An example of this is in the little bottle to the left in this photo, the latest carcass Maltagirl brought me.  This summer she went to great lengths to put aside several of these lovelies for me, saving them in a jar in her kitchen even though it turned out on occasion that one or more of the critters was not as dead as it had originally seemed and was later found hiking across the tiles making for the back door (*all revived fig beetles were released into the wild to die another day).  She sacrificed upper shelf space in that unlikely room because her adorable youngest calls these beetles his ‘family’ and insists that any live one be captured to cuddle up and watch movies with him – seeing bodies in a jar might have proved traumatic.

Another example above to the right, also green and beetle shaped, is one of many gifts from Ms Creativity herself, who has been generous not only with these and other small bodies, but is raising my apprentice with lovely manners and great cooking skills.  She is also 100% responsible for me starting this blog and several other rewarding pursuits.


  1. Mike Jennings said,

    Boy, that’s a cool bug. Hoping for more photos…

  2. blue-eyed crow said,

    Hi Mike, you have good timing – I was just wandering around your blog, and of course I noticed the fig bug in the Hannah Grey layout (very attractive photo, btw).

  3. hogwartshomeschool said,

    i am not sure if you’re crediting me, or blaming me! always happy to lead you astray my sweet friend.

  4. blue-eyed crow said,

    You’re so funny – it’s all good!

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