|A Christmas feast in November?|
I then thought that I wish I had my cell phone on me so I could document this moment, so I put the smoke down and rushed into the unit hoping that the spider would hold that pose until I came back ... which it did, or you wouldn't be seeing these pictures in this post.
After I had taken the picture above a Christmas beetle flew past almost hitting the web, which I thought would have destroyed the spider's handy work if it had of hit it.
But just to prove me wrong, the next minute one of these beetles hit the web and stayed there, to my amazement.
Then the spider rushed over and gave it a few good bites and proceeded to wrap it up in web.
Just to give you an idea of the time of day (6:50 pm) here is a shot of my garden light.
Now the weird thing is that in Australia we call these rather stupid beetles "Christmas Beetles", because they come out around Christmas time and just fly into anything, like solid brick walls and smokers sitting in chairs minding their own business while slowly killing their lungs and getting bitten by mosquitoes, while contemplating why life really sucks so much.
Tomorrow is the 1st of December, which is time to put up the Christmas decorations and these beetles are right on time, not only that, but according to Wikipedia, "Christmas beetle is a name commonly applied to the Australian beetle genus Anoplognathus.
They are known as Christmas beetles because they are abundant in both urban and rural areas close to Christmas.
Christmas beetles are large (20-30 mm long) members of the scarab family that are noisy and clumsy fliers, similar to the cockchafers of Europe.
They typically have elytra that are a dark or light brown, or green, in some species with a green-yellow iridescence.".
Being a fan of Jung's theories of synchronicity I find it quite synchy that they are related to scarab beetles.
Well, I guess I had better get my Chrissy decorations up tomorrow, as who knows, it might be my last Christmas, if I don't give up the smokes?-)