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Sap & Sawdust

Postby Joolz » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:01 am

I was taking tea yesterday with a friend (a milliner - crazy guy!) when, all of a sudden, from out of the trees fluttered the following insect (see below) on gossamer wings. It was a bit ungainly, and only a few inches long, but had an elegant way of rocking to and fro. I took a few quick photos before it fluttered off. They are pretty rare, apparently, as tradition goes you can only see them through a looking-glass.

Not exactly period, I know, but it was first described in 1871.

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Re: Sap & Sawdust

Postby Teagirl » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:40 pm

Excellent. I've always loved rocking-horse flies.


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Re: Sap & Sawdust

Postby Dannolad » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:26 pm

As opposed to rocking horse sihte which is as rare as hens teeth..........................



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Re: Sap & Sawdust

Postby Joolz » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:52 am

Thanks guys, here's John Tenniel's original illustration from "Through the Looking Glass".

And Alice's conversation with the Gnat:

“Half way up that bush, you’ll see a Rocking-horse-fly, if you look. It’s made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch.”
“What does it live on?” Alice asked, with great curiosity.
“Sap and sawdust” said the Gnat.
Alice looked at the Rocking-horse-fly with great interest, and made up her mind that it must have been just repainted, it looked so bright and sticky.
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