It’s my nightly custom to get the bird out of his cage and take him to his play gym in my office. Fill a dish with some snacks for him. Fire up the computer and prepare to settle in for a while. I reach across my desk to turn on the lamp. As I’m reaching, I happen to look down and see this.
I nearly jump out of my skin. There is a 2-inch-long bug on my desk, left for me by my scientifically curious girlfriend. Uhhh, thanks honey. Apparently, she’d found it on the sidewalk outside the house today when my mother was dropping off some things she’d borrowed. Mel was excited by her find but mom thought she was strange.
After deciding the thing wasn’t going to reanimate I took its picture. Then I looked it up and found out it leads a pretty interesting life… The females die after laying eggs and the nymphs live under ground until adulthood – anywhere from 2 to 17(!) years depending on the species.
As I write this, Mel is taking photos of it with the computer microscope I got her for her birthday. Perhaps I’ll post those later.