Entomology | The Itsy, Bitsy Spider and Other Darling Creatures

25 Jun

Not only do Texans have the luxury of a summer similar to Dante’s ninth circle of Hell, our summer also offers opportunity to meet rather dashing insects. While playing golf, my sister discovered this gentleman on the eighth hole:

Not only did she take a picture, she gathered “Spidey” in a Styrofoam cup and gave the Golf Pro quite a scare before releasing the eight-legged gent back onto the golf course. Perfect par for her fearless endeavor. I, on the other hand, would not have handled such a meeting with her admirable calm reserve.

On Tuesday evening, for example, as I was watching Flight of the Conchords, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

Looking through the peephole, I was met only by darkness though the knocking continued. Thinking it a cat, or at worst a spirit, I slowly opened the door. Not a cat and worse than any ghostly apparition, the largest insect I have ever seen darted, stumbled, and fell into my home. A giant creature, it had huge wings and popping eyes. And it was screaming.

There was no time to take a picture, but suffice it to say my new friend was a Giant Cicada. While I enjoy the sounds of cicadas during the summer months, a Giant Cicada screaming in my living room is far from pleasant, and I reacted in a fashion similar to my guest, screaming back at him and running to my bedroom.

Luckily, my friend Mr Sunday trapped the uninvited beast in a cup and tossed him back into the wild. Hats off to Mr Sunday’s heroic bravery. Had he not come to my rescue, I would still be in my bedroom listening to the screaming insect from behind closed doors.

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5 Responses to “Entomology | The Itsy, Bitsy Spider and Other Darling Creatures”

  1. Anonymous June 27, 2009 at 9:13 PM #

    I can't believe your sister took a picture and put a spider that large in a cup. Crazy.

  2. TyTyTxTx July 2, 2009 at 4:46 AM #

    You are the rib busting funny. I think your blog should be a column somewhere. All alone am I, & laughed aloud.

  3. Paula July 2, 2009 at 7:54 PM #

    Being originally from a place where insects big and small continuously invade your personal bubble (the Philippines), I thought this post was great! Definitely laughing to myself. Though I can't say I've seen a giant cicada, I've had several run-ins with some BIG spiders. Not in a golf course, mind you.. but in my own room! 😦

    BTW thanks for checking out my blog. :] I'm certain that fairly soon I'll start posting regularly!

  4. Ashley July 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM #

    OMG! Too funny! I am like that with bees. I see one and I run as their big eyes follow me, taunting me. Oh I just gave myself chills!

  5. Hope August 15, 2009 at 3:16 AM #

    I am horrified by that spider. I'm ok with little ones, but furry big ones?! I would have fainted dead away. Your sister is my new hero.

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