Saturday, November 22, 2008

wait! those are indigenous!

The 11/22/2008 edition of the Palm Beach Post gives a front-page story titled, 'Lizards' treat a recipe for foreign invasion', that describes the sale of roaches using the Internet to feed lizards. Anyone with a Hartz Mountain childhood knows that the shed carapaces should be "going down a lizard's gullet", or naturally-dead beetles. (The same issue describes Libyans as future U. S. business investors.)
Above:  'biggie bug' insect exoskeleton [time-date stamp is wrong]

An earlier story published in the same newpaper is titled, 'CSI teaches kids with "maggot arts"'. Reminding onlookers of seeds pasted on a variety of surfaces to make pictures, the shed 'husks' of maggots-become-flies are also appropriate feeding fare.

The 'roach' story describes four kinds of such beetles commonly now sold for use as food, two thought to be foreign and one other termed the 'lobster' roach. There are a variety of large roaches near the St. Lucie River, at least one variety a very-loud buzzer, but the so-called lobster roach appears to be the exact incarnation of the underside of a lobster tail, crawling speedily around. They are white and also appear to have inspired the old-fashioned washboard, a much larger ribbed square-metal sheet, hand-held, over which dirty clothes were scrubbed. At first glance they seem to be carrying or hiding in an inverted lobster tail as protection, but the legs and organs are attached. Another name might be "mud-bug", with the definite possibility that the creatures are not really beetles but rather are a stage of a metamorphosis into a real lobster. The creature most closely resembles the segmented 'silverfish', with definite ridges topside.

The paper labels on the Campbell's 'Select Harvest' New England Clam Chowder cans give us a marketplace clue: the slogan "Real Ingredients for Real Taste". A use of roaches or other creatures that shed carapaces to feed 'pet' foreign reptiles will affect the feeding patterns of indigenous wildlife that depends upon insect/other exoskeletal fare to survive.

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