A young man's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk...and apparently, back again.

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Mosquito hawks and other oddities

While this was going to be a post about Jalalabad Airfield, strange creatures have invaded my office and begun spastically bouncing all over the place the past few nights, hovering straight into computer screens and eye sockets. Consequently, I must now inform all of the bizzaro insect known (mistakenly) as the mosquito hawk. I was told (again, mistakenly) that the long-legged, lunar-landing-looking hoppers actually eat mosquitos, but had to investigate for myself. I'll let the experts at the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District explain...

Crane Flies
What people often call "Mosquito-hawks" or "Mosquito-eaters" are actually Crane Flies. Crane Flies do not prey on mosquitoes as many people believe. Crane Flies lay their eggs on the soil. As they hatch and their larvae feed on the bases of grasses. As adults, Crane Flies do not feed. After mating they soon die.

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle!

And I must wish a very happy birthday to my sister Weezy. She is moving on up, once again, but I'm still the one with the apartment on the East know, when I need a change of pace from a tent in J-bad.


Anonymous ash the girl said...

Happy birthday Chris! I totally heard the Jeffersons theme song at a bar tonight. Too funny!!

April 7, 2006 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger I Love Jeets said...

Is J-Bad friends with A-Rod?

April 7, 2006 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be looking for you CPT Dan in a few days. Love to chat to ya about JBAD.


April 13, 2006 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous JERSEY ANGEL said...

I loved your pictures and comments. The terrain is beautiful, as well as, treacherous. I give all of you a lot of credit for the job you do. I wouldn't be able to stay on path long and then to realize you must be prepared to fight as well. Gees! Take care and God Bless.

May 13, 2006 at 5:18 AM  

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