Friday, September 28, 2007

What's for dinner Mum? Not gecko AGAIN!

I saw a huge gecko sizing up this large moth under the house the other day, and thought he was being fairly optimistic. When I downloaded the photo I then saw another smaller gecko at the back. Maybe the smaller one was hoping to get the left-overs.

I kept an eye on them but they gave up and left the moth alone. I think they decided that “their eyes were bigger than their stomachs”, as my Mum used to say!!

Sorry Neva I know you hate all the big creepy crawlies we have here!!!!

Thanks to Denton at Greenville Daily Photo for feeding the cat and posting for me while I am in Vietnam!!

13 comments:

Bergson said...

A beautiful catch
who shows us that life is difficult for all

Rich said...

That's a massive looking moth. How do you roast a gecko?

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Old Wom Tigley said...

I like you did not notice the small Gecko at first glance, that moth is massive compared to ours.

Pia said...

Hi Jules,
It's good to hear from you in Vietnam. How does Denton feed Benson from Greenville and how can M Benaut SEE Benson lying in the sun? Please explain.

Mummy hated gekos!
Our first house at the bung (market) end of Malaguna Rd in the area called Old China Town and had an open air verandah as a sitting room. That's where we had our cane chairs and the radio, a huge Pye set which had tube-like thingies rather than transistors and microchips, valves daddy called them, and the hurricane lamp because Rabaul had not yet got 24hr generating capacity.
We'd sit out there after dinner in the cool and listen to the radio. I'd be stooging around, typical 5yr old, not much homework at that age and I'd watch the gekos on the ceiling, lots and lots of them as there were lots of moths and insects attracted to the light.
My mother would be torn between sitting near the light to read or sew or sitting away from it because she had a horror of gekos. The worse time for her is when they got amorous and began to mate, upside down. In the throws of passion their suckers on their feet would lose their grip and down they'd come too near for comfort for my mum. Then we'd have lots of shrieking and the houseboi (local employed to work around the house) would rush to the rescue and shoo it away so mum could settle. It was better than the movies and I once or twice attempted to drop one down the back of her dress. They didn't call us Territory brats for nothing.
Geckos used to do cool things like lay eggs in the clothes cupboards among the clothes because the cupboards used to be warm and kept dry by a light at the bottom. I loved finding gecko eggs, hatched or unhatched, among my clothes.
Such was life growing up in New Guinea.
Cheers Pia

• Eliane • said...

Oh boy!! That is one huge moth! Brrr...

lv2scpbk said...

Nice capture. Love how you described it.

Neva said...

you are sooo funny...yep, I'd be armed with my bug swatter or something like that....but this is still not like those little guys that can go thru your shoes!!! How are the girls? I am sure they were glad to see you!

Quint said...

Gosh...

dive said...

Cool, Denton.
You have REAL bugs out there; not the crappy little things we have in England.

Jilly said...

Ah a super photo. I expect the large gecko thought the moth was the size of its wings and not just its body! We too have geckos in the house - usually they live behind the picture frames. I remember in Oz - and still miss him - my pet tree frog who lived on the microwave. He was called Sedge (file under useless information!)

M.Benaut said...

Pia,
Today Benson has been chasing both moths and ghekos in between turning his nose up at what Denton has been feeding him. He is becoming a fuss-pot and just plain lazy. He is so confident about everything and he knows that Jules and HWDB will return just when they feel like it.
He loves it when people ask after him or about him, but basically he doesn't give a rat's - life's just a dream. He's a no-worries-cobber type of cat !

CaBaCuRl said...

OMG how tragic, Jules! I remember that ad for savory rice from about 40 years ago!!AHH!! Up until about 3 years ago, we had no geckos here, but now they are common . The variety here is from Thailand I think ....somewhere like that...not native anyways.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Great photo!