Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Seagulls Save The Day Again

On my way to work this morning, I was expecting to see either thousands of bugs, like yesterday, or thousands of bug corpses.  To my great surprise, neither bugs nor corpses were anywhere to be found.

I was completely dumbfounded.  Where could they have all gone?  It didn't look as though they had scrubbed the parking lot or anything like that.  Maybe they flew away? But what about all the squished ones I saw yesterday.  Surely there must be some of them around right?  Nope. None.

Then I saw the culprits.  Seagulls fighting over whatever scraps of whatever was left of my green friends.  I was actually kind of relieved.  I didn't know what seeing all them bugs meant.  I was kind of worried about my garden and farmers crops and such.  But, just as the seagulls did when the first pioneers arrived in Utah, they again completely take care of the problem.  So even though they are barely better than flying rats, here's to you seagulls.  Stay hungry!

Monday, August 11, 2008


I was walking to the bus stop today like I do everyday, but when I crossed the parking lot of the local supermarket I came across this:

That's right, thousands and thousands, maybe even millions of little green bugs.  I've tried to look them up on the Web to figure out what they are, but to no avail. The closest I could get was that I believe they are the Order Hemiptera and Family Pentatomidae, but that's the best I could do. Either way, they're related to the stinkbug, and that's not a good thing for local crops if there are this many hanging around. And now I can't get that Pearl Jam song out of my head.