Folks I really need your help to identify this bug which I almost stood on today! I say almost, because when I spotted it just below my foot as I was about to go up some steps I nearly jumped 20′ in the air in terror. Now as you can imagine from my name, I’m not built for either speed or gymnastics moves. However, it never ceases to amaze me the incredible feats the human body will perform when pushed!
This insect is about 2½ inches-ish long from the tip of its antennae to its feet. The body is about 1 inch long and resembles a genetically modified wasp, but with no wings. You will have to trust me on the measurements or best “guestimates” because unlike my photo of the stag beetle I was not about to attempt placing a euro coin anywhere near it as a benchmark.
The shape of its legs and absence of wings is alarming as it probably jumps! I hate bugs that jump; they are so unpredictable!
Once I’d regained my composure Mr. Piglet was immediately despatched to get my camera. Luckily for me it has a zoom lens and motion control for shaky moments such as these. Even luckier was the fact the bug, who I have since named Harold, was not camera-shy nor in any apparent hurry to be elsewhere. That is, until hoping to scare Harold off, I grabbed the hose and doused him with water. Unimpressed, Harold crawled off to take refuge in some nearby rocks giving me a backward glance as he did so. Yikes, I am a marked woman!
I wonder if my mate Lenny the Lizard will eat him, I hope so!