Sunday, July 23, 2006

Round and Round

New wheel! Woot!

Happy me, happy me....

In other news (what? you expected me to blather on and on about my wheel? why ever would I do such a thing?), Blogger is letting me post two more photos today, so here we go:
A dobsonfly. Sorry about the lousy photo; I found this at dusk, and neither the natural light nor my flash really did the job quite rightly. Be very glad these get no bigger than about 5 inches long (at least here in New England). Having searched my considerable natural history library, plus Googling, I can offer you these tidbits of knowledge. This is probably a female, because male dobsonflies have mandibles about three times the length of the head. However, the male mandibles are for grasping the female; it's the female who can give humans a nasty bite. The aquatic larvae (called hellgrammites; nifty stream-dwelling critters) of dobsonflies are predaceous; adults don't eat, which is OK by me.
The purple coneflowers, where a butterfly was a moment before this was taken. I think I like the photo even better without the bug.

5 comments :

Laurie said...

Congratulations! I guess that means not a lot of sleep tonight, eh?

Rose said...

Congratulations on the wheel! It's a beauty.

Abigale said...

Beautiful wheel, and beautiful pics of the flowers - the bug? Ewww!

How's it coming with the wheel? Are you making friends? I just got a bobbin led wheel from the Netherlands - Just getting close to be comfy on it.

Happy Spinning and have fun!

Sue, aka seiding said...

Yay! for Spinning Wheels! Have fun! Remember to sleep and eat. Eventually you will knit again, too!

bensmumma said...

I love reading your blog - never boring! Ben likes it too - he really likes bugs and we learn so much...

Glad to see you spinning on your new wheel too! Fun, isn't it???