Category Archives: insects

Mosquitos Par Los Millions

I recall the summer of 1989 on the Yucatan. Dry and hot throughout May and June, then a touch of rain one night in Tulum. We were walking back to a beach palapa and heard an approaching whine. Los Mosquitos par los Millones. “Ejecuto.” and ran we did to the safety of our nets. Mosquito […]

Deep Fried Brood X Cicadas

Hordes of Brood X cicadas havve lain dormant underground since 2004 and are predicted to emerge from their seven year slumber in the next few weeks across fifteen states in the Northeast. Billions if not trillions of the larvae are now burrowing up from the earth. Upon emerging the larvae will shed their skins to […]

Mantis Cannibalism

My old hillbilly girlfriend posted on Facebook that she’d just found a baby (or teenage?) Praying Mantis on our screen door. In the desert! Brought out by the desert summer thunderstorm that looms over Joshua Tree Park and threatens to come this away? Several of her friends suggested that praying mantis were good luck and […]