Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Today, serendipity is spelled o-r-a-n-g-e-a-n-d-g-r-e-e-n.

A butterfly tried to anchor himself to a bloom for a rest and couldn't fight the breeze.
A grasshopper lay still and rode it out.I know serendipity when I see it.

I asked my friend Jill about this grasshopper, whose wings were tiny and why deposited something out of its rear. Here's what she said: "Grasshopper. Nymph. Yes. Known as frass. Insect poop is frass. Immatures are eating machines in between molts. Wing 'buds.' Isn't that cute? Just like plants.
"Insects are of two kinds. Those that undergo:

Complete metamorphosis, in which the creature hatching from the egg looks nothing like the adult, but is wormlike. It is a larval form. E.g., butterflies, beetles. (The segmented larva found in many groups of insects relates the Order Insecta to the annelid worms, also segmented.)

"or B)
Incomplete metamorphosis, in which the hatchling looks like a miniature adult, but does not have complete wing development. They are nymphal forms, or nymphs. E.g., grasshoppers & relatives, true bugs. Tiny wings is a sure indication of a nymph."

1 comment:

Lynne said...

Love that grasshopper!!!