You see, I was once bitten by a spider while I slept. Between my eyebrows. It was deeply disturbing to see myself in the mirror that morning, with one eye lid swollen up and sort of tingling.
So disturbing I actually passed out and came to with my face smooshed into the carpet of my bedroom and George standing over me all concerned. The ER staff decided it had to have been a spider bite.
That spider was in my bed. On my pillow. Crawling on me in my sleep.
And I wasn't happy today when I carried a bag of water softener salt into my basement and walked face-first through a spider web.
Not happy at all.
BUT, bugs who kindly stay outside and whose mandibles are not made for biting humans or stinging them or injecting venom by any means into my sleeping eye lid...those bugs are completely cool.
To my utter delight, this big leaf bug visited our front porch one morning last week.
|Approx. Length: 3 inches|
How amazing nature is! Notice the veining of its wing. Utterly perfect camouflage. I saw a tiny leaf bug--less than an inch long--on the outside of a window I was washing yesterday. Perhaps it was related to this big bug. Both stayed perfectly still while I watched.
Survival of the stillest.
And then, this morning, this devout little fellow was praying on the window beside our front door.
|Approx. Length: 2.5 inches|
Here's a shot from inside the house showing the classic "praying" stance.
Praying mantises have always fascinated me, and I've encountered them almost everywhere we've lived. I've seen babies that were just over an inch and monsters that had to be five inches or more.
And no, if one of these cool, non-threatening bugs were to enter my house or car, I wouldn't squash them like a, well, bug. I'd carry them outside and set them free.
Just like I do with ladybugs, who are such very good aphid eaters.
What is the coolest bug you've ever seen in the wild? Please share!