July 30, 2014

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The Insect Photography Of Al Popil

Hi Don, For the amusement of your readers if they are not too tired of insect pix. Yuppers, everybody has seen the spittle on plants in the garden and probably do not know what is inside. I found this fresh spittle on a fireweed plant out front. Some biologists think the spittle is to keep the nymph from drying out while others think it is a protective shield.
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Spittle on fireweed
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After removing the spittle, the nymph hangs upside down. After I was finished photographing it, it produced another spittle on the leaf in less than an hour.
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The next day, an adult Brown Leafhopper appeared.


Then Al and I got this from bug expert Robin Leech:

Hi Al and Don,

Leaf hoppers belong to the family Cicadellidae; spittlebugs belong to the family Cercopidae.
They are both in what is called Homoptera, meaning that the outer wings are of the same structure from base to tip.

It is most commonly held that the nymphs of cercopids make the spittle wad for protection:

1. They are out of sight.
2. Most predators do not like to "get their feet wet", which they would certainly do in the spittle.
The spittle wad is made when the nymph sucks in plant fluids, then ejects the waste fluid out the rear end.

As the fluid is ejected, the rear end opens wide, and then closes. When it closes, a bubble is formed.

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SUBJECT: The Free Spending Alison Redford

* Well, well, well - government transparency at all levels. Wildrose asking RCMP to investigate Redford for having "false passengers" on her flights. Maybe 3/4 of council should take heed when allowing a city employee to use public funds for private use.

* forchatonly: I agree with your statement "I do not object to Redford travelling out of Province" ... its her coming back to Alberta which galls me.

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Gandhi Being Gandhi

Gandhi Being Gandhi
A primer on dealing with someone who thinks they are your intellectual superior!

When Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him, as he expected there were always "arguments" and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the university, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said, "Mr. Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, "You do not worry professor. I'll fly away," and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions. Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. "Mr. Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?"

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, "The one with the money, of course."

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don't you think?"

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, "Each one takes what he doesn't have."




A roundup of bits from the web.

* Father builds guillotine and chops off his own hand in bid to end years of agony.

* Dog Poops on Plane, Forces Emergency Landing.

* European cities' sewer water exposes use of cocaine, cannabis, meth and ecstasy.

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