Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's June Bug! . . . . . . . . . . . No, It's May (2007) Bug!! . . . . . . . . . . . .Does "Hero" here have pretty legs?


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This guy's name is "Hero."
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Hero is a nice, friendly, long-leg, thin brown conehead katydid, species neoconocephalus triops.**
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We call him Hero because he is one. One day our dog, Adi, was playing out on the golf course, which we call a part of our extended backyard. It was a hot day and the grass was wet from the afternoon watering.
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I wasn't watching Adi very closely, as it was pretty hot day, Texas Spring, for me to be outside--outside our nice airconditioned house.
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The neighbors have a large German shepherd called Vaughn Braum who is never allowed outside without his leash. This day was the exception.
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Right away Von Braum Vaughn Braum spotted poor Adi. Needless to say Adi's brisstling back hair didn't scare Vaughn away one bit.
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Vaughn was poised to maul poor little Adi right there in the open, now being witnesses by several neighbors. These neighbors were making a loud commotion trying to call Vaughn off, to no avail.
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Adi didn't retreat, but stood her ground firmly, even after the first attempt at her throat. I'm proud of Adi.
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But being proud didn't save the day. It was Hero to the rescue.
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Hero, unbeknownst to us, and for unknown reasons, had lodged herself in Adi's right ear.
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Proabably out of fear for the large shepherd, Hero jumped out and clamped her jaws right down on Vaughn's left eyeball.
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That was enough, Vaughn, yelping all the way, ran back to her house. Adi came home pretty fast after that, generally she mozies home at a leisurely pace.
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Since then we have kept Hero on our back porch. She doesn't care to have a cage, we did get her a plastic 8 x 8-inch box and keep plenty of fresh greens and water there for her.
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I don't know how long she will live, we are thinking she will probably die before winter. If not then we have a warm place for her in the kitchen window.

You can go here to see the rest of my not-June Bug posts.

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** Conehead katydids have their cone shaped nose protruding forward beyond the base of their tennacles.

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Comments:
Hi Jim ~~ I am so glad that Adi wasn't hurt and that "Hero" saved her
That was a great story with a happy ending. Thanks for comments, glad you liked the post. Take care, Regards, Merle.
# posted by Merle : Fri May 04, 05:11:00 AM CDT

Good for Adi, for standing her ground. It's always a good thing to have a bug stuck somewhere, I guess.
# posted by Seeker : Fri May 04, 05:33:00 AM CDT

Hi again Jim ~~ Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the post and the Free gifts. They are all so simple, but can do so much.
Take care, Chers, Merle.
# posted by Merle : Fri May 04, 07:19:00 PM CDT

Speechless....
# posted by ray : Sat May 05, 03:06:00 AM CDT

It's gettig a little deep in here isn't it.
# posted by Cliff Morrow : Sat May 05, 08:30:00 AM CDT

Hi Jim . Oh im so glad Adi didnt get hurt,and stood her ground .
Hero too the rescue
# posted by Jeanette : Sat May 05, 08:42:00 AM CDT

zaetbknaHi Jim.
Glad to hear Adi came through her ordeal ok.
Hero can bug me anytime!!
# posted by Gwen : Sat May 05, 11:38:00 AM CDT

Gidday Jim,
Three cheers for Hero. Good to know that Adi is okay. How did you know Hero was in Adi's ear?
# posted by wazza : Sun May 06, 06:15:00 AM CDT

Good old Hero!!! Way to go!! That is a strange pet though Jim. Maybe you are depriving her from the company of the ones of her own kind??
# posted by Rachel : Sun May 06, 04:13:00 PM CDT

What a wonderful little bug to save Adi. Her name is very apt.
Cheers Margaret
# posted by Margaret : Tue May 08, 02:30:00 AM CDT
 
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