Thursday, May 17, 2012

Creepy Crawly Alert


One thing that happens when you go to the mountains, as I found anyhow.  You go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, turn the lights on and voila, you get a very interesting variety of bug that you don't see at home.   I don't kill bugs, I was brought up that way.  All the bugs in our house were transported outside.  Yes I have to admit that we had no poisonous ones to contend, no brown recluses, no black widows, tarantulas, just common garden variety, humongous garden  spiders.  After each one was found in the house and after the initial screaming had died down on discovery, my Dad would come to the rescue of all of us - including the startled spider.  We studied it carefully, with Dad telling me that it was more afraid of me than I was of it (I did not want to disagree with my Dad on that one), and then we escorted it off the premises.  

Back to the mountain, each night I went into the bathroom, there was another kind of a bug, one time the biggest centipede I've ever seen in my life but I didn't think to ask it for a portrait shot, darn it!  I grabbed my Ziploc bag and gently tapped it inside, to be taken out later.  The spiders were pretty innocuous and whatever I found I left.  In daylight no creepy crawlies were seen.   I went back to my room and got my camera for this one.  No bugs met any harm in the taking of this photograph.

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"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago.  If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."

~E. O. Wilson~
(Professor Emeritus Wilson from Harvard, is the world's foremost expert on ants and the founder of social biology.  He studies the social behavior of insects and we have a couple of his books on our shelves.  When he was a young boy in Alabama he hurt one eye with a fishing hook, which he contends made his other eye stronger and aided his study of ants.  He is on record as saying that if you weighed all the ants in the world, they would weigh more than all the people in the world).

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"When the moon shall have faded out from the sky, and the sun shall shine at noonday a dull cherry red, and the seas shall be frozen over, and the icecap shall have crept downward to the equator from either pole....when all the cities shall have long been dead and crumbled into dust, and all life shall be on the last verge of extinction on this globe; then, on a bit of lichen, growing on the bald rocks beside the eternal snows of Panama, shall be seated a tiny insect, preening its antennae in the glow of the worn-out sun, the sole survivor of animal life on this our earth - a melancholy bug."

~William Jacob Holland "The Moth Book" 1903~

16 comments:

  1. Whatever it is, it gave me the shivers. Eeek!

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  2. Cool, never seen one of those before. It's like camping and living in the country, bugs are inside and out and thats just the way it is lol. Nice post , have a great day !

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  3. Silverfish? Without seeing how big it is, that would be my guess. Ick.

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  4. I was raised with those same set of rules, if it isn't harming anything, take it outside and realease it. My gran would never let us kill a spider, and I had those same rules in my own home, until I met a Brown Recluse.....
    Sadly now, I don't give any spider I can't identify straight away a second chance.
    It reminds me of an earwig :)
    He's a colorful chap !
    ~Jo

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  5. Quite used to unexpected critters here..well I should be but some of them still give me a fright!!
    Jane x
    PS You might like my current header!!

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  6. I'm sure the bugs appreciate being taken outside rather than squashed! ;)

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  7. Nice one, The Earth shall survive - but mankind will destroy themselves, then the meek will inherit the Earth Again.

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  8. Hi Denise, sometimes I feel the same and I will catch a bug and throw it outside. But, some just got to go. I know I am really tired of these stink bugs. Are you seeing the stink bugs in your area? Neat photo, have a great weekend!

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  9. really tex, totally cool?? we call them "zillion leggers"...nuff said!

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  10. as you know, some centipedes can be painful, even deadly !


    Friendly Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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  11. I was not inclined to think of bugs as friends, but you may have convinced me.

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  12. I am very familiar with those insects and the tales surrounding them....

    If one crawled into your ear then you would die.

    I spend many a night in fear of one entering my ear. :)

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  13. I don't like multi leggers but like you was brought up to take them outside. Before my partner sees them and drowns them in fly spray or any other convenient aerosol.

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