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29 May 2005 @ 05:25 pm
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I am usually fond of what other people view as venomous or threatening insects. I've been known to capture a wasp and take it down eight stories to release it because the windows don't open in the building I'm in. I'm considering trying to catch a harvestman spider(1) and bring him indoors, because the one that was living in my bathroom died over the winter and I miss his fine insect-catching abilities now that the windows are open again. When a yellowjacket flies into my car, I wave it out the window rather than smashing it.

But just now, I caught my cat staring at one of the closed windows, and noticed a heavy buzzing. When I looked behind the blind, there was a wasp-bee like thing so huge and black that in an unthinking adrenaline surge I picked up the Ikea catalog and smashed it, after about three failed attempts.

And then I realized that it was only trying to get out, and all I had to do was slide the window up a couple of inches and it would have been gone, off to fulfill its waspy-bee life. Maybe even fertilizing my tomatoes and strawberries. I feel like one of those people who kill the benevolent space aliens in 60s SF, in terror of what they do not understand.





(1) I am using insect here in the colloquial sense, not the scientific.
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Lauratavella on May 30th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Sometimes the monkey brain wins.

I think I need that as an icon.

The only time spiders bug me is when they run up a sleeve or something -- I'll let them run over my hands when I'm moving them, but I don't like them where I can't see them.
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Bryncurious_au on May 30th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Monkey Brain

You might want to flip the l-r orientation to match the traditional left-righto-centric LJ avatar homodoxy.

-- curious_au
Lanamuliebris on May 30th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
To make you feel slightly better about yourself.

I screetched and made my husband kill the giant legged centipede in the hall the other day.

I know it couldn't do a thing to me, but those legs, EEESH!
Lauratavella on May 30th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Heh. I like the legs! they tickle.

I'm not fanatical about insect benevolence -- I think ants are cool, but when they swarm into my bedroom in one of those inch thick stripes that argentine ants do, out comes the spray of insect death. But it's usually a technical consideration, not the 'must SMASH' spinal reflex.
Tayefethtayefeth on May 30th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
How huge and black? Was it one of these?
Lauratavella on May 30th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Nope, bigger and blacker. About the size of a bumblebee, but all black.
Tayefethtayefeth on May 30th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
You must have some pretty big bumblebees out there.:-)
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Lauratavella on May 30th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well, it's mostly spiders I'll let walk on me. I don't mind bees landing on me, but they tend to take off again, you can't carry them that way. Yellowjackets drive me crazy, they are so hyper. I'm like "Dude, I'm perfectly willing to let you drink up the bits of spilled soda at the picnic, just stop FLYING AROUND MY FACE."
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my cock still thinks you're a superhero: chester's on the cell phone of coursemumblemutter on May 30th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
i only truly loathe cockroaches. and maybe houseflies. but mostly cockroaches. i woke up once to one crawling on my face, and ever since then it's been war.

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Lauratavella on May 30th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, a cockroach inside would probably get smashed. And flour moths will too, but those are just food safety things. What was odd about this was having that MUST KILL reflex. Though I've never had a cockroach problem in any of my houses or apartments. Odd, considering that I am one of those crumbspilling not terribly neat people.
Tayefethtayefeth on May 30th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Leaving standing water around is more likely to encourage roaches than food. At least, IME.
my cock still thinks you're a superhero: dirt off your shouldermumblemutter on May 30th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
!!!

i did NOT know that.

gah. that explains the evil things in my flat.