Many seed bugs do not normally remind me of Ed Ruscha paintings, but this post included a photo of a Biblical plague of seed bugs at a California gas station at night. It's sort of a post-Apocalyptic Little Gas Station On the Prairie:
|(This is not an Ed Ruscha painting.)|
Ed Ruscha is "that Pop Art guy who paints gas stations". I had forgotten that Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska and lived many years in OKC. I might have been to several of the same gas stations over the decades.
In Nebraska we used to note a mostly benign annual autumn aggregation of boxelder bugs around the front stoop at 501 Eastridge Drive. The bugs were an impressive black and red, much like a Ruscha gas station. They were probably adult female Eastern Boxelder Bugs, Leptocoris trivittatus seeking a spot inside the concrete step near the busy clothes dryer's warming vent to over-winter.
So, I'm surrendering on identifying seed bugs, plant bug, red/black bugs, Texaco, Conoco, and other gas station insects. Just glad I'm not trying to remove bug guts, bird poop, and pollen from the windshield of a red and white '61 Plymouth Sport Fury at a gas station in the middle of the night with a gritty old squeegie from an evaporated suds tub.
|Oak Point bridge railing 4/21/2011|
|Also 4/21/2011 Oak Point|
I'm including this image by long-time 365 Project photographer Richard Saffold because the vintage auto added to my mental ramblings among seed bugs and gas stations.
|This lowrider might be in the family Lygaeidae|
As an amateur, I have trouble differentiating red/black insects, pop art Route 66 gas station, bug infestations, and classic cars. That's the job description for nighttime dream fairies.
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