Thursday, 30 October 2014

I did not scream like a girl!

Daisy and I were on walkies by the pond. Sitting on our stumps, breathing in the fine, cool, crisp air, I heard something in the leaves. This poor little frog was having its blood sucked out by an incubus.

OK, it's too close to Hallowe'en. It was a massive Water beetle. You can see the size of my shoe in the 3rd photo. All I had was my videocam, and its photos aren't great, but here you are! I picked the frog up, tossed it into the pond water, after the Water beetle let go. Thankfully. It's about 3" long.

Have you seen these bugs? Beetles, I suppose. They fly. A water beetle, but they don't need to live in the water. I spotted this one, below, in September, 2011 on my 2nd story back porch. Seriously. They have quite the pinch, apparently. I chose not to touch it, bad role model for Daisy.

More info:
Raven Garfield Sculptor  Oh it absolutely preys on frogs and other critters directly!! It has a penetrating semi-retractable proboscis. Think of it as sort of a mosquito way of feeding. It has digestive enzymes... seizes prey in its arms like a praying mantis would.... then jabs its pointy bit into the prey.. and slurps out the goop like a spider.

Really, it has neat features of several other critters when you think about it! I'm a big time entomology nerd... I used to love keeping these guys in tanks. They almost invariably use their hind legs to hold on to air hoses or power cords.... rear ends with an air tube breaking the surface.. arms spread wide waiting for some wee bait fish to swim past and *WHACK!!!*. When they were done feeding you'd see these husks of wee fish.. all bent in the middle at a sharp angle where they were folded in half to be hollowed out.

10 comments:

Out To Pasture said...

What an interesting report on the frog and the water beetle. You are that frog's heroine. No doubt the frog would not pass up the chance to dine on the beetle in it's larval stage. We all love our protein!

Florence

ladyfi said...

That sure is big!

Phil Slade said...

That's quite scary Jennifer. I don't think I'll be swimming in your pond thanks - nothing personal you understand.

William Kendall said...

What a rotten insect!

Hilary said...

Jennifer Jilks: Frog Rescuer!

Good job. :)

eileeninmd said...

That is creepy, I have never seen this beetle.. I am glad you rescued the frog..

Red said...

We don't have those guys here!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ewww! Nature red in tooth and claw the poet said. But still hard to take sometimes. Glad you rescued the froggy.

Christine said...

didn't know beetles did that!

I linked to you today at PPF!

http://cmlk79.blogspot.ca/2014/10/paint-party-friday-jenns-seagull.html

Crafty Green Poet said...

that must have been amazing to see!