Wiping up the counter after doing the dishes yesterday morning, one could almost hear the cartoonish tire-screeching sound as I stopped the paper towel literal millimeters from this leggy leeeetle fella I saw parked there. In a world full of people who have 1,276 more important things to do than waste time over trespassing insects, I’m that guy: the one who goes to silly lengths to follow my motto of “if you’re not bothering me than I’m not bothering you,” and return such living things to the great outdoors.

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m even known around these here parts to unlatch window screens and give freedom back to flies.

So. Using a drinking glass and my coaxing skills I got this bug  safely outside and  installed on the jasmine vine near the backdoor before managing the above nice macro shot (click for the bigger picture).

Life is good.

UPDATE (10:15 a.m.): The ever-reliable bugguide.net informs me it’s a stilt bug.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."