Saturday, May 08, 2010

[jules' pics] 5/07/2010 11:22:00 PM

Bug, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

The insects have come back to life!

Posted By jules to jules' pics at 5/07/2010 11:22:00 PM


David B. Benson said...

Probably a beetle, not a bug.

Anonymous said...

It's a fly. Brachyceran, possibly something from the Asilidae or similar.

Chris S.

Anonymous said...

On reflection I think it's more likely a stiletto fly (Therevidae).

I should also mention the fact it's a fantastic pic too.

Chris S.

jules said...

The word "bug" is, to me, a cute Americanism. Hearing it used I had assumed it equivalent to the Japanese word "mushi". Mushi is a particularly good word as it applies to all those insecty things - flies, beetles, centipedes, spiders, butterflies, worms...etc says:
Also called true bug, hemipteran, hemipteron. a hemipterous insect.
(loosely) any insect or insectlike invertebrate."

And wikipedia helpfully explains:
"Hemiptera (pronounced /hɛˈmɪptərə/) is an order of insects most often known as the true bugs, comprising around 80,000[3] species of cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, shield bugs, and others."

Anyway - here I meant bug in the very loosest possible sense. I wanted you to wonder who it might be behind those bug-eyes...

skanky said...

In the UK these days, "minibeasts" is becoming the de-facto word for the catch-all, like mushi.

It's been pushed by kids TV a lot, but I don't know if they started it.