The other day I was walking in Amherst when I spotted this odd green thing leaning against the curb.
Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was this really strange looking bug.
Really strange. It was lying beneath a street light, so I assumed it had probably crashed into the light and killed itself. That happens to bugs a lot, since they usually use the sun and moon to navigate. Artificial lights confuse them, and they often crash into them. The force of impact plus the heat of the bulbs are usually enough to kill them. Either that or they fly in futility in circles aroung the light, unable to navigate themselves away from it, until they fall to the ground from exhaustion. On closer inspection that is what appeared to have happened to this creature. It was still alive, but slow and groggy as though exhausted.
In that state the bug was in grave danger, since all it would take was for a bird to spot him and it would be curtains. I found a little stick nearby and used it to make the bug lie flat, the better to see its markings. Dig those weird eye-marks!
I continued on my way, and have no idea what became of the bug. Most likely it ended up as a bird's lunch. Can anybody tell me what kind of bug it was?