Category: insects

Kiara helped putting this into motion. = 7

Kiara helped me animate this baby orchid mantis …..and its fantastic!!! 8D




2020-07-22_015456 Swatter

Sometimes, in the course of being a good Father you have to kill …..exterminate with extreme prejudice!!! ….especially creepy crawlers that scare your little girls. = 7


God’s been showing off
In my backyard
With shoots and sprouts
Springing up from the ground
With colors and design
That thrill and astound


Fireflies dance and glow
Putting on luminescent show
And the spectacular spectacle of twilight
Shimmers and shines
Saluting the sacred reign of night


In my backyard
I love to toil and work
Among the bizarre and the berserk
Befriending behemoth of the plains
As I make my home on the strange
To appease my every whim and quirk


I trip and trod
Over trial and sod
Traversing test and turf
And transcending pokes and pricks
Occasionally having one that sticks
Making me shout
And thank God for the fix


In my backyard
I run the Earth and chase the sky
I ride the wind
And race the butterfly


The adventures never end
As I seek another conquest
Finding damsels needing to be saved
While fighting monsters real and pretend
And praying to escape unscathed


You are welcome to visit,
Welcome to stay;
But you may or may not find me,
Because in my Backyard
….sometimes I get carried away!!!

WARNING – Some of the content in this letter may not be suitable for children. Please use parental discretion.

Good Grief 1Good Grief 2Good Grief 3Good Grief 7Good Grief 8Good Grief 9Good Grief 10Good Grief 11Good Grief 12Good Grief 13Good Grief 14Good Grief 15Good Grief 16


Rev-olution Beetle

By the way, if you’d like to see the pictures in full, just click on them & then click the back arrow to get back to reading!¬† Enjoy! ūüėČ

Speed, agility, stealth and cunning.  Relentless in her pursuit Рwatch the great huntress, Kiara Рbeauty in action.  No creeping, crawling, hopping, bopping, fluttering, sputtering critter with at least six legs stands a chance.  She has had five years to hone her skills and perfect her craft.  Now to watch her strike is to watch poetry in motion Рbrutal poetry!!!!             

Of course, every buggy  handles incarceration differently.  Some pretty much give up and die Рimmediately and effectively becoming an exoskeleton of their former selves.   

Some become manic Рsuch as Bug Adams Рa dragonfly that kept flipping off all the birds.  Initially we thought about fining him, but ultimately we just let him go. 

¬†Then there are the “lifers” – those that just seem to settle in and remain content with their confinement.¬† One such critter seemed as though he’d stick around forever.¬† We named him Mothusaleh and eventually let him go.

Some bugs go into a panic right from the get go – even when there isn’t any real danger.¬†

Then, of course, there are those who try to play it cool – no matter what.¬† Just so you know, the Snoop Dog Elephant Fly is no match for the Mr. T werewolf spider……. shame, really!!!¬†¬† They say those Elephant Flies are quite rare. Poor dude, never saw it coming.¬† I find it amazing and baffling:¬† bugs (insects, spiders, etc.) despite having very complex optical designs, often times with multiple eyes and/or lenses, have poor eyesight.¬† Most spiders have eight eyes.¬† Most insects only have two actual eyes, but many of them have compound eyes; flies, bees, and dragonflies, etc.

In fact, dragonflies have 30,000 lenses in each eye.

Additionally, dragonflies (still with the standard number of six insect legs) can’t walk.¬† They obviously help with landing, standing, and balance; still it almost seems a waste of legs.¬† Imagine what I could do with an extra set of arms or legs – make a bigger mess of things than I already do.¬† So, what’s with the multiple and compound eyes?¬† Perhaps one of many questions for Heaven.¬† According to scientists, most bugs don’t have very good eyesight.¬† In fact, many are limited to visibility of just one or two feet – talk about being short-sighted!¬† Usually they can smell you before they see you (hint – don’t use the magazine with all those stinky perfume samples as your bug wapper!)

Back in the day, I used to get pretty mad when kids would call me four eyes.¬† They usually didn’t do it more than once (I may have been a nerd, but I was a nerd who could scrap – and did).¬† Of course that was back in the first grade before I was saved and before school yard disputes were settled with litigation instead of good ol’ fist-a-cuffs. ūüôā Of course, now-a-days, such petty insults would be greeted with laughter by myself.¬† Good thing too – that I don’t take offense easily – cause sure enough our pastor, Robert Morris, looked out in the congregation¬†recently and called us all Four Eyes!!!

Actually, he was just repeating what Jesus said.¬† So, to be more precise, God called us all four eyes.¬† Come to think of it, He didn’t actually specify the number of spiritual eyes that we¬†have – so, I can’t help but wonder:¬† Are our spirits like the “living creatures” described in Revelation 4:6 as being “covered with eyes”, do we have two as we do in our fleshly bodies, or do we merely have one big spiritual eye like a cyclops.¬† Being spiritual Cyclopses might explain why we are so easily blinded to the Truth sometimes.¬† I can just imagine the ol’ devil running around trying to poke everybody in their eye.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

So, should we fear satan – the eye poker?¬† No!¬† Just keep your guard up.¬† Like in boxing, protect your face.¬† *Submit yourselves therefore to God.¬† Resist the devil and he will flee from you.¬† James 4:7* There again, I can’t help but wonder if eyes aren’t a means of reward or ranking.¬† The four creatures are stationed around the throne – so I’m assuming they are high-ranking.¬† So, maybe for every spiritual battle we (through Christ) win, we get another spiritual eye to see with.¬† Kinda like in college football.¬† Some teams give rank or rewards for special/good plays and such with stickers and decals all over their helmets.¬† If so, I hope to finish my season with many eyes on my helmet.

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.¬† When he had spit (hwak, ptooey!!!)on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.¬† Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.¬† Mark 8:23-25¬†¬†¬†¬†Over the years, I’ve pondered over these verses.¬† 1. Why did Jesus spit on this dude?¬† (He didn’t do this every time He healed someone.)¬† 2. And, more important, why did He touch the guy’s eyes twice to restore his vision?¬†¬† I’ve heard many a debate and even a few messages addressing these questions – none of which I found to be satisfactory until Pastor Robert taught a lesson on it.¬† He had heard some of the same false ideas and inaccuracies.¬† Not satisfied and stymied himself, he said he was studying and mulling it over one day when the Holy Spirit asked him if he wanted to know what took place in this passage.¬† Answering, “Yes, please,” his spiritual eyes were then able to see it.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The first time Jesus touched the man, He opened his spiritual eyes.¬† This makes sense because of two things:¬† 1. Jesus had just talked to the disciples about spiritual blindness – Mark 8:17-18¬† …”Do you still not see or understand?¬† Are your hearts hardened?¬† Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?….¬†¬† 2.¬† The man saw men as trees.¬† In the scriptures, men (spiritually) are referred to as being trees.¬† **No small coincidence – Jesus is a carpenter!!**¬†¬†A.¬† Many references to men being known by their fruit.¬† Good-fruitful trees, bad-unfruitful trees. B. In Revelation, the two witnesses are referred to as being two olive trees. C. Daniel 4:20-22¬† King Nebuchadnezzar saw a giant tree with much fruit in a dream.¬† Daniel interpreted the dream – the tree represented the King.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Just guessing what the guy saw over Christ’s shoulder:¬†

So, why not open the man’s spiritual and physical eyes at the same time?¬† He was showing/teaching the disciples a lesson.¬† Like a lot of other things, they probably didn’t understand it until later.¬† Also, why the spit or spittle?¬† I’m still not entirely sure.¬† It wasn’t the first or only time He used spittle, but it was the only time documented where He spits directly on a person’s face.¬† I’m just speculating¬†here, but I’d guess the disciples had short attention spans, so Jesus said, “Hey! Pay attention!¬† Ptooey!!”

*I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:  I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8                        

*We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

*So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18                                                                                                                                     

So, shall we daily ask ourselves РWhich set of eyes are you looking with?  Are you blind?

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