Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday Photo

Today, we were wrapping out the house that first unit have been shooting in for two days, and the very nice homeowner let me pick some of the figs from the tree in her backyard.

I love figs, and I'm not the only one:



Figs

These fellows do, too.

Anyone know what the green beetles are? I've never seen one before, and know nothing about them other than they were chowing down on the biggest, yummiest looking fig on the whole tree.

18 comments:

Gary said...

I love figs too, but have been unable to find any growing in LA that have any flavor in recent years. There was a tree on 7th just west of Alvarado 25 years or so ago with great figs, but of course the old house and tree are long gone now. How are the ones from your tree? Does it grow in such a way as to overhang public property, and if so, where is it?

That "couch" from yesterday looks suspiciously like a chair!

Peggy Archer said...

Unfortunately, this tree is not anywhere near public property, which is a shame because the figs are great. I picked about a dozen, and I've only got four left.

Mmmmmm..

Yup - it's a chair. That's what happens when I have to work all day and don't have time to cruise around looking for couches. I'm going to have to break into the "guest couch" soon.

Anonymous said...

if those aren't japanese beetles, they're closely related.

Meg said...

June bugs. They -LOVE- fruit. They'll also eat leaves, but prefer ripe fruit. They scare the bejeezus outta me when they start flying because they make an ominous buzzing sound.

Dee said...

Hey kid,
Those green beetles are June bugs. I happen to live in the Hell that is Littlerock, CA and we get these guys every year around this time, usually a little later. They live for fruit and we've got orchards all over up here.

The bugs are kinda' creepy because when they buzz around they really buzz, very noisy. My dogs love to chase them. Slow-ass bugs...

Anyway, that's all I got. Cheers! Dee

Anonymous said...

Go to whatsthatbug.com there very helpful email them a photo and they'll do the rest.

Lora_3 said...

Metallic green fig beetles (Cotinus texana). I looked it up.

You should sell your pictures. Or maybe a book. "Hollywood behind the Rigging" that would be a good title. The couches would be filler. LOL


Be safe...

Writeprocrastinator said...

"I love figs, and I'm not the only one"

In Northern Italy, they have them in virtually every produce market and a Swiss brand, Hero, makes the best fig jam ever. I don't know if it would be the same if you bought a jar of Hero over here, because I've noticed that things are tailored to the tastes of the particular country they are sold in.

Nutella has more hazelnut flavor in Italy, than the jars over here (or so it seems).

Anonymous said...

Backyard fig trees are seen occasionally in some Northeastern cities even though the climate is much too cold for them to grow naturally. As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, homeowners "weatherproof" the trees by banking soil around the lower trunks and wrapping the branches in burlap. Italian immigrants started this practice in the early 20th Century, and unfortunately it has declined in recent decades as the immigrants have died off.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

Mike said...

Those nice shiny green beetles are called Japanese Beetles. They are voracious eaters and are damn near impossible to kill.

Im Chele In LA said...

Great shot though............

Amanda said...

Very nice picture !!
Those bugs are very beautiful, as long as it is from a safe distance !!

Gary said...

Peggy,
I'll start sending you couch pics as I get them, I see several couches a week too.
If those are June bugs, my father told me it used to be popular among his friends (this would be around 1935) to tie a thread to them and "fly" them like a model airplane, although without much control. My how things have changed. PETA would be on this one in a second!

Kirin said...

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JudyU said...

Those are just some cool looking big green beetles. They are NOT japanese beetles. I have japanese beetles...they are just a bit larger than ladybugs and have an irridescent coloring to them.

Anonymous said...

Not Japanese Beetles (we don't have those in California yet, thankfully), but Green Fruit Beetles (Cotinus mutabilis), aka Metallic Green Fig Beetles (Cotinus texanus) as the poster above correctly identified. (C. texanus was changed to C. mutabilis at some point.) These big guys (and they can be up to 1.5 inches long) emerge as adults in late summer and buzz around for a few weeks before making more beetles and dying. The larvae are also quite alarming-looking - large white grubs that typically live in compost piles or loose soil around tree roots. The larvae are minor root pests and the adults may snack a little on ripe fruit, but they're mostly harmless. Yes, you can rig little harnesses for them and have fun flying them around on strings. I bet you find some really cool bugs around your lights during summer night shoots.

Alice Bag said...

I am so jealous. I love figs and I don't think they grow out here in PHX. Those bugs look like what we use to call June Bugs but I'm not sure what the real name is. Maybe they are August bugs.

poco said...

yikes...I was on location last week and one of those beetles landed on me and then got tangled up in my hair! I was freakin' out and all the grips thought it was hilarious...but when they were done laughing they rescued me.