Taking Shelter

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The boys’ shelter has survived the change of seasons, evolving from a barren, winter structure into a hidden hermitage, surrounded and softened by the island forest’s leafy undergrowth. While in the past I’ve found evidence of white-tailed deer visiting the shelter, and once even discovered the remains of a pizza party (not the deer that time, I’m assuming), last week I only found this lonely Horned Passalus Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus), which objected very noisily (or stridulated, for the entomologically-inclined) when my oldest son picked it up for further investigation.

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As I am a more of an etymologist than an entomologist, I advise that you visit this site if you are interested in more information about this beetle. In the meantime, I’ll just sit here,

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or maybe pick up these cans.

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8 thoughts on “Taking Shelter

  1. What an attractive beetle, and I like the boys’ shelter too. Sadly, it seems the supply of trash to pick up along the river is infinite. Thank you for persevering with this ongoing and worthwhile project, though it must feel disheartening at times. I am sure your boys are learning a lot from your caring and perseverance.

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