'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.
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Thursday, 19 February 2015
A Stink of Bugs?
What's the collective noun for a group of vegetable bugs? Mine seem to be all clustering together this afternoon.
I'm pretty sure these are the young of the 'Southern Green Stink Bug' Nezara viridula, originally from Ethiopia, but which has now made itself at home almost everywhere. They spray a toxic, foul-smelling substance when disturbed.
Pretty, aren't they? They are about a cm long each.
Just don't eat them along with your lettuce. I can assure you from first-hand experience, you need only the rear end in your salad in order to have an extremely memorable experience.