September 29, 2009

Now, it's time to curl up together in the Orange and Black Inn.


Sleep tight.


Mmm mmm mmm. Like Halloween candy, no?


John Lynch said...

Looks like Cheetos

Lem said...

it's halloween

wv - refun

Chip Ahoy said...

The top picture looks like a brown bird.

Hey! Those bugs are having an orgy.

Ann Althouse said...

The plant is milkweed.

I think the insects are the pupae of those Asian beetles that look like ladybugs.

Fred4Pres said...

Those bugs are probably evil. Burn the milkweed Ann, burn the milkweed.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

Mmm mmm mmm. Like Halloween candy, no?

Much as I'd like to meet you and Meade, I think I'll skip your house on the 31st.

blogging cockroach said...

beetles beetles beetles
damn thugs
aww ain t they cute wook at
th baby beetles

n o t

beetles are vicious gangsters
whom i won t compare to nazis
cause i ll lose the argument
anyway they re more chicago than
munich all they need is little
violin cases i tell you they
move in and just take over
i think those little baby beetles
would make damn good jack o lanterns
but i m not going to compare them
to union thugs no i m not
cause i don t trade in crude
stereotypes i prefer my stereotypes
plus rafine i ll have you know
but i draw the line at beetles
i ll stereotype them all i want just
so long as they die in the end
so how s that for a speciesist rant
eh professor just because i live in
cambridge mass doesn't mean i m a
total p c winp sort of insect

Andy said...

Ann Althouse:

The plant is milkweed.

I think the insects are the pupae of those Asian beetles that look like ladybugs.

Indeed, those are milkweed bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus. According to What's That Bug, they're showing up all over the place this fall.

Synova said...

The bug pictures (particularly this one) remind me of the "butter bugs" in Lois Bujold's _A Civil Campaign_.

A genius bioengineering project from a scientist who just didn't get the idea of marketing. ;-)

MadisonMan said...

Milkweed bugs are not Asian Ladybeetle pupae.

Those verminous lady beetles should be out in force now that the cold weather is here. Just wait for a warm sunny day. I hate those beetles.

Fred4Pres said...

Is this the same insect?

A true bug?

Perhaps, just perhaps, we should not burn the milkweed.

Matt Brown said...

Mmmm. Crunchy on the outside, but soft and gooey on the inside.

MamaM said...

The contrast (in the top photo)between the tightly packed seeds on the inside of the pod and the tightly packed bugs on the outside is AMAZING! What a shot.

Seldom am I awed and laughing at the same time. MMmmm MMMmmm MMmmm is right!

Maxine Weiss said...



JohnAnnArbor said...

Hooo. Maxine's back, and with hard-core, pharmaceutical-grade crazy. Check out the twitter. Asking rude question over and over of random celebrity twitterers.

(Shannon Tweed answered her, with a suggestion.)

Lem said...

we should have a halloween contest.

guessing the weight of a pumpkin maybe?

bearbee said...



rhhardin said...

Cold front comes through Ohio.

rhhardin said...

Roundup-Ready milkweed gets rid of the bugs on its own.

ddh said...

The black markings on the pupae make them look a bit like bees--probably enough to fool a bird.

rhhardin said...

WSJ editorial has a decent first line

Someday this country will have a health-care debate that's not abject in its idiocy.

Not when revenues depend on soap opera women readership.

Unlike openings, WSJ opinion pieces always end with a plonking moral lesson from some list of closing platitudes, ending an article apparently being a lost art

He did neither—and has botched an opportunity for real progress.

AllenS said...

It's light enough outside now, to see frost on the ground.