Unlike the successfully rescued caterpillar named Houdini from a couple of days ago, this unfortunate Jerusalem Cricket (or Potato Bug) did not live to see another day of burrowing on the dirt. He was found next to the Tapias’ pool during our Memorial Day barbecuing, a bit wet, but looking none the worse for wear. None of us could explain how he climbed out of the pool, crawled a few feet away and then just died upside down. We knew it must have been recent, though, since it was still posable. I placed it in the dirt amongst some leaves just in case we were wrong.
May 28 2012