Animal Series: Beautiful Bugs

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The bugs go marching one by one: hurrah, hurrah!  When it comes to bugs, many of us can probably relate to Little Miss Muffet. Spiders frighten us away, as do bees, flies, mosquitoes, and wasps.

 

At the opposite end of the spectrum, entomologists devote their careers to studying bugs. They’re probably the ones who came up with “The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!” (It wasn’t us.)  We’re more into singing about the theoretical itsy bitsy spider than watching it go up and down the water spout. Let the rain wash the spider out (sorry). We know, they’re part of the ecosystem, blah blah blah. At the end of the day, they’re creepy! Or are they?

 

So many insects populate our earth and help move things along – take agriculture for example. We like agriculture. The ladybug, for instance – always a crowd-pleaser – eats other insects and so helps farmers protect their crops. Thanks, ladybugs! How courteous. They are an elegant species. Some people call them lady beetles – la di da. An insect with a title!  Turns out, though, that ladybugs have a foul taste. It’s probably a protective thing. So if another animal tried to eat them, they’d secrete this fluid from their leg joints that tastes disgusting. Ladybug, one; predator, zero. Nice.

 

Check out this vintage poster with a big red ladybug, saying: “Travel New Hampshire.” If it’s anything like that image, we’re in:

Travel New Hampshire Poster

 

The potato beetle has the power to destroy crops and is the sworn enemy of the potato as both the full-grown insects and the larvae like to feed on foliage and thus destroy the plant.  Eggplants, tomatoes, and potatoes – beware!  All this from an insect. So as you gaze at its yellow and black (bee-like) stripes on the Potato Beetle Pattern Coasters, drink to healthy crops forever!

Potato Beetle Pattern Coasters

 

You know who has the most awesome life?The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Guess how much he eats in the time it takes you to read 13 pages? Sixteen fruits, five desserts, two kinds of meat, Swiss cheese, a pickle and a leaf.  You’d think he was pregnant from all those cravings, but no: he’s just becoming a butterfly. He gets to emerge from his cocoon with wings like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

And you, bug-lover, get to sit back on the Large Butterfly Pillow feeling as bright and colorful as your winged friend:

Large Butterfly Pillow

 

Just like the butterfly, we each long to spread our wings and fly.

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