Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Grasshopper molt, take 2
A recently shed exoskeleton of a grasshopper reclines among the 'Powis Castle' looking very much like una calaca; throw on a tiny hand-woven robe and hand him a teensy cup and maybe he's a wee yogi sipping tea in the afterlife of the artemisia.
Finally you can feel the autumn coming, you can see the meat thinning on the bones of the garden, the ghosts of dormancy just beginning to stir, even as the ripening grasshoppers molt and mate.
In the background you can just see the actual grasshopper that arose from this skeleton: a grey bird male, schistocerca nitens.