Sunday, August 15, 2010

Singing Grasshopper

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During the evenings usually the only light on in the house is a small lamp above my desk.

It tends to attract all kinds of bugs.

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The other night this guy came and hung around for a while and didn't mind me poking a camera lens at him/her.

Its a Kirigirisu, a Singing Grasshopper.

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During the Edo period they were sold in small bamboo cages as pets, something that still goes on today.

Ther are a lot of bugs in Japan, so its no surprise that they are still collected by boys.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post, lovely bug: in the good old days of my childhood I was used to see singing crickets sold in little wooden cages here in Florence too but they were only half beautiful than your Kirigirisu. All the best from the not-so-warm mid-august Italian evening.

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