I love bugs (in the wild that is) -- especially unique and unusual bugs. I am the type of mom who encourages her kids to stop and smell the flowers and while we're at it -- to stop and notice bugs.
But, at summer camp in BC, Canada (I think it was 1994), I had a bug encounter that nearly turned me off of bugs forever. All of us counselors were hanging out the night before the kids arrived, relaxing and enjoying the cool summer air when I noticed a massive beetle type bug with a back patterned like a watermelon.
I picked the bug up and showed it to the other counselors. No one had ever seen a bug like it before.
And then, after sufficient ooohing and awwwing, I was ready to set the bug free...
But the bug would not leave my hand. I wiggled my hand ever so slightly in that "Go on now" gesture that all bugs are supposed to know and understand, but still it would not leave my hand.
We'd become good friends, watermelon beetle and I. Clearly he was not ready to move on. As I attempted to gently pick the bug up off my hand, he stabbed his feet into my hand. Stabbed!
"AAAAAAHHHH" I screamed in agony.
I could not remove the bug from my hand. A friend grabbed hold of the bug to take a try, but still the bug would not let go of his death grip on my hand and instead stabbed his razor like feet further into my hand.
I spent the next half hour laughing hysterically and crying and screaming randomly as my friend tried everything to remove this bug's death grip on my hand.
My friend would pry with a stick like a lever and the bug would stab me with his feet. They took turns alternating back and forth. Finally my friend and the stick launched the bug to who-knows-where and I was freed.
I had an awesome picture of me holding the bug with a huge smile on my face (pre-torture), but I can't find it... The picture proves that ignorance is bliss, but only momentarily blissful...
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~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~