Conehead – Neoconocephalus triops

The Coneheads were a joke that ran much too long on Saturday Night Live and even spawned a movie

But, this post is not about them; it’s about this:

Don’t see it? How about now?

Still don’t see it? Let me get closer still . . . 

That bug — a Neoconocephalus triops, a. k. a. Conehead — was on that wall when we left for the gym at approximately 8:15 am, yesterday. It was there three hours later when we came back, so I grabbed the camera and snapped a few photos. 

I’m always interested in bugs I’ve never seen, and this was one such bug. The “triops” part of the name refers to the fact it has three eyes. The third eye is around the middle of its back and is best seen in this shot.

That that white dot that looks, you know, like it might be an eye. Or, maybe, it’s the other bump. Oh, heck, for all I know, it’s on one of its knees. 

No, wait . . . it only has two eyes, but it has a feature on the underside which apparently gives it the appearance of having a third eye. Now I don’t know what to think. The name says three-eyed, it has something that looks like a third eye, and possibly a fourth eye, but then I’m told it’s an illusion. 

Life as we know it has ceased to make sense. 

On the other hand, the bug stood still while I took a bunch of photos. I’ll have them all in the gallery below and in THIS SmugMug gallery but will only show a few here. As usual, you can also click the photos for larger views.

My approach for shooting bugs is to get a photo as quickly as I can and from far enough away so as to not spook the bug. I then continue snapping photos as I get closer and closer. For these shots, I was practically pressing the lens on the bug.

By the way, it was still in that spot this morning when we left for the gym but was gone when we came back. 

Anyway, this is a short post. Here’s the gallery of all the photos I took (minus two that were out of focus and I deleted.)

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