Your post reminded me of one of my favourite things- Dougal's description of the Beast of Craggy Island...
"They say it's as big as four cats, and it's got a retractable leg so that it can leap up at you better. And do you know what Ted, it lights up at night, and em, it's got four ears, two of them are for listening and the other two are kind of back-up ears... and it's claws are as big as cups and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps and Mrs. Doyle was telling me it has a magnets on it's tail so if you are made out of metal it can attach onto you and instead of a mouth it has four arses."
All hail Father Ted.
I love Father Ted! Dougal's hysterical. I haven't seen that episode - I've watched parts of the collection but not the whole thing yet.
And, yeah, that's about how it happens. People are strange wee creatures....
As other people are saying, one or two are pretty; hundreds are irritating.
So you gonna tell him your frog story, sweetie? Or shall I?
I was planning to write up an LJ entry on it soon - why waste it in a mere comment?
They may be harmless, but when you have 100,000 infesting your room, no matter how harmless they are, they're bound to get annoying. I have enough on my windowsill to feed a third-world country for a week. *swat*
When my vacuum struggles to clean up the pile of corpses in the corner, you know something's up.
My daughter hated them for the same reason last year at school - they couldn't keep them out of the food in the cafeteria and she basically gave up eating for about a month.
I don't know if it was Asian Lady Beetles or regular ladybugs, but we always got huge infestations in all the south-facing dorm rooms at my college. It was just part of fall each year. Leaves changing colors, school back in session, not being able to see through your windows because of the solid wall of ladybugs attached to it.
And infinitely, infinitely preferable to the cicadas the year they descended on campus. I never want to see that large a volume of squashed bug guts in one location again.
Oh, I could go on in much more graphic and disgusting detail, but I'll spare you. It was a phenomenal biological event to witness, but it was also, um, kinda gross.
Were they yellow? If they were yellow or orange, chances are they were Asian lady beetles
Red or orange, but I don't remember which...
2003-10-14 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: The voice of science looms large again
Whatever you do, don't eat one. I was eating dinner with my parents out on the back deck, and one fell into my baked beans, and I didn't see it and crunched it... ew ew ew ew ew ew, it was so nasty and bitter and crunchy and disgusting and ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew!!!!!
I did that with a stinkbug once - biking and it flew into my mouth. Bit down on it before I realized. Bleck bleck bleck
Can we stop with the bug-gnawing stories? PLEASE?
2003-10-14 07:49 pm (UTC)
My life with swarns
We have moths. Millions of miller moths that love to infest our house. You would hit the walls and thousands of them would come pouring out of cracks.
One day I was driving my car that had been sitting outside unused for a couple weeks during peak infestation time. I pulled up to the stoplight and moths literally came pouring out from my car. From the vents in the front of the car, under the hood and wheel wells.
So I’m sitting at the stoplight with my own personal moth swarm and all the other people are looking at me with large disturbed eyes. Fortunately the light turned green and I proceed off into the sunset, with a large trail of bugs behind me.
2003-10-15 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: My life with swarms
Eep. It's a great visual, but only from a distance, I'm sure! Alfred Hitchcock would have loved it.
2003-10-15 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: My life with swarms
Having them come out of the vents inside the car was definitly Hitchcockian. I'm glad I'm not very skitterish around bugs or I would have ended up in the ditch or driving more erratically than a drunken senator.
Having swarms of moths crawling all over your skin is a unique expereince and also a great way to mentally scar your siblings.
Despite the mild annoyance factor .. this sounds pretty!
I've always loved laydbirds .. send some this way, willya? :)
Talk to Shawn - it sounds like he has plenty to spare!