Wonderful, and I guess they do scream. I "think" it's a beetle, right? Have you seen Steve Jenkins' Beetle Book, so awesome. You have the neatest insects, Bridget!
Thanks, Linda! I haven't seen Jenkins' Beetle Book, but I plan to check it out. This fella is a Giant Mesquite Bug - it is not listed as a beetle, but he is. They are common in the desert because we have a lot of mesquite trees. =)
It is all in your perspective. We certainly must look odd to a lot of creatures! It's a wonder they don't shriek when they see us. Maybe they do, but it's quieter because they are so much smaller.
I think you're right, Donna, there are probably a whole bunch of screams when critters see us, they are just on another frequency. =)
Nothing "freaky" about your poetry! Great photo, too! At first glance, before reading the accompanying poem or the photo's caption, I thought the striped creature was a clown fish, which gave a completely different perspective on where the encounter takes place, and how the conversation sounded. BTW, what kind of creature is that? I don;t think I've ever seen one like it--not in print, and thankfully not in person! Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you.
Thank you, CB! A poem from a clown fish's perspective sounds interesting...This fella is a Giant Mesquite Bug - common to Tucson. =)
I love the switch in perspective. We must look like mushy, ugly giants to them.
Thanks, Liz! I think most insects see us as being pretty inferior, what with us only having two legs to their far superior six. Uh-oh, I might be getting an inferiority complex. ;o)
I guess it is pretty in its own way...
True, Tabatha, I guess that's better than what can be said for a lot of humans. ;o)
Wow, what a weird bug -- a beetle? Glad he got his say via your clever poem. :)
Thanks, Jama! He is a Giant Mesquite Bug - we have a lot of mesquites in Tucson. I always wonder what's on the mind of critters - no matter how small.
You do get your share of interesting specimens, don't you, Bridget! I certainly don't remember any of these when I lived in NM. I confess, some days I feel more freaky than others.
We do, Michelle! Keeps life interesting in the desert. These guys are Giant Mesquite Bugs and they are prolific in AZ because of the mesquites everywhere. I agree, I'm sure there are plenty of critter "eeks!" when I leave the house sometimes. =)
I love brightly colored beetles. They are far more beautiful and diverse than we humans. I bet they think we all look alike. ;-)
Thanks, Brenda, the orange hue is my favorite! We humans are boring - critters know how to stand out in the crowd! =)
Clever as usual, Bridget. I do wonder how we appear to the insects! Slow-moving, monochrome giants, I suspect.
Thank you, Violet! Yes, I'm sure the insect world is not impressed with our physiques or footfalls. =)
The power of poetry and perspective. Nice one, Bridget. I remember reading a poem from a toad as a child, and how misunderstood it was under its warts and all appearance. I can't say I've had a soft spot for toads ever since... (the bufo marinus is doing a lot of damage throughout Australia) but I can't loathe them, either.
Thank you, Kat! I guess it is a good reminder that critters have feelings, too. Toads are not my favorites either. =)
Bridget, I love the voice in this poem. Eek! Great sound word that would be something I might do when seeing a strange creature or are we the strange ones strolling around? It's all in the perspective as you noted.
Thank you, Carol! Just goes to show you that everything is relative. =)
Insects don't bother me as much as rodents! I think this little guy is quite handsome, and I love that you've given him a voice.
I agree that this fella is handsome - I'm a sucker for anyone who can sport orange. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine! =)
Gee, and I thought it was one of the desert crickets. A Mesquite cricket is a beautiful bug.
They are good looking, aren't they? You have your fair share of good looking bugs/critters in paradise, too. Love your poems about Hawaii. =)
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