First let's go with cute and adorable...
Four more ducklings hatched last night! So far we have five. I will try to get more photos today, but they were all tucked up under Mama this morning. There are three eggs left to hatch. I hope they crack open today.
This is where the babies spent the last 37 or so days.
Not exactly the Ritz, as my friend Mo said! Hard work breaking out of that shell, too.
And now we have the Eeeeyuw! factor. It was extremely hot on Sunday (our car thermometer read 36C in the afternoon) and when we got home around midnight, there were eight billion bugs flying around the huge "Klieg light" we have on our TV antenna. Our front door was covered in bugs, including the biggest Canadian bug I have ever seen:
Meet the GIANT WATER BUG!
BEADY LITTLE EYES!!
Aka the Electric Light Bug, Toe Biter, or Fish Killer: order Hemiptera, family Belastomatidae. This sucker was about 2-1/2" long, and he totally freaked me out. They are attracted to light, but fortunately not human flesh. But if they do decide to, say, sample your finger, apparently your arm can swell up to such an extent that you lose the use of it for a week or two!
The little bastards can inflict a really painful "bite" by stabbing you with their front "beak," so I'm glad I didn't pick it up (not that I was tempted!!)
These bad boys kill their prey by injecting their victims with an enzyme that turns their insides to liquid which the Giant Water Bug can then suck out. Yum. Tasty.
They eat insects, tadpoles, small fish, frogs and SALAMANDERS. Good grief, a Canadian bug that can eat a SALAMANDER?! They are one of the biggest bus in Canada. Here's a good page of info about them. And they fly really well, which is why this one was a long way from any body of water.