A shield bug on the railing is nearly immobilized by the cold, except for a slow, vaguely apotropaic waving of its antennae when I approach.


  1. slow, vaguely apotropaic waving – great description! I know that gesture well!

    1. Thanks. A better example from later in the day: when I went to deposit some coffee grounds in the container outside my back door, a praying mantis on the side of the house, half-way through eating a caterpillar, waved a forelimb at me.

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