Sunday, February 21, 2016
A Bug Saves the Day
So, as I went on my futile walk in search of blooming violets, I was daydreaming about an essay I want to write for a blog post soon. My working title will be a rhetorical question: Is Nature a Republican or a Democrat?
Although I returned home a little unsettled, and having taken NO photographs, I noticed a beautiful bug outside on a window screen (above). It's a Leaf-footed Bug, a member of the Family Coreidae. It bears resemblance to the Western Bloodsucking Conenose and other members of Family Reduviidae, known for, among other features, their role in spreading Chagas' Disease.
As a preview of the aforementioned essay, let me just say I believe Darwin's description of the workings of Nature would qualify 'her' as a Democratic Socialist - pretty much left of today's Democrats.
However, a common view of Darwin, especially among those who have not read him, but have somehow been tainted by Herbert Spencer's misinterpretation of Darwin, would place his description of Nature in the Republican (or Tea Party) camp. In his hands-on biological studies, Darwin did not spend much time observing the "red in tooth and claw" stuff, but rather studied barnacles, earthworms, and pigeons. He wrote a great deal about cooperation and symbiosis. But, I'm getting
ahead of myself.