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Two sharpshooters

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Call me a sharpshooter for getting this shot of a speckled sharpshooter, Paraulacizes irrorata. The insect’s legs let you imagine that it was running at a good clip along the rosinweed (Silphium radula) stalk it was on near Bull Creek on June 24th; in fact this leafhopper wasn’t hopping at all, and that lack of movement gave me time to take some decent pictures.


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On July 26th the satirical Babylon Bee came out with the
funny four-minute video “Obese Man Insists He’s Just Pregnant.”


Although the pronunciation o-bese leads English speakers to conceive the word’s components that way, actually they’re the Latin elements ob and es-. Ob was a preposition with many meanings, including ‘on account of.’ Es– meant ‘eaten.’ It was the past participle of edere, ‘to eat,’ (think of edible) that was the Latin cognate of native English eat. So a person becomes obese on account of having eaten [too much]—just as etymology fattens our body of knowledge.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 1, 2022 at 4:31 AM

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  1. fascinating picture


    August 1, 2022 at 5:18 AM

  2. lololol……😎❤️

  3. Powerful sucking mouthparts will dry out the plant. Nice catch.

    Alessandra Chaves

    August 1, 2022 at 9:05 AM

  4. That’s one sharp dressed sharpshooter. I’ve not seen such a handsome leafhopper although they do occur up here.

    Steve Gingold

    August 1, 2022 at 10:37 AM

  5. Interesting to learn the etymology of obese. All makes perfect sense once you know.

  6. So: the insect ob-liged you by tolerating your ob-stinancy in pursuit of a photo; even though it was under no ob-ligation to do so, it offered no ob-jection.

    (That was as much fun as finding the leafhopper must have been.)


    August 1, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    • You obviously found no obstacle or obstruction in obstinately seeking to obtain your objective.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 1, 2022 at 4:35 PM

  7. Well-spotted! (As is the leafhopper – you certainly are a sharp-shooter! 🙂 )

    Ann Mackay

    August 2, 2022 at 6:08 AM

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