Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oscar’s Bugs

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Leaping Oscar

Oscar became our best mouser after a summer of bug hunting. His stalking and leaping skills were finely honed. He won't touch ladybugs and continues to enjoy cluster flies. These are three of his favorites from the summer.

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Carolina Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

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I ended up spending the summer stalking Oscar as he lept after bugs.

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Two-Striped Grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus)

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Skidding to a dusty stop.

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Female Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)

I managed to rescue the dragonfly above and release it outside. But unfortunately, Oscar often brought in other dragonflies. He ate all but the wings. I never saw which species he would catch.

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Oscar, 4 months, relaxing after hopper hunting.

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1 comment:

  1. Cute pix.

    Herbie never ate catfood all summer--he lived primarily on grasshoppers that he caught in the ditch (and elsewhere).

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