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Are you interested in insects?
Yes, they interesting 75%  75%  [ 15 ]
No, I hate them 20%  20%  [ 4 ]
...meh 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 20

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22 May 2020, 8:25 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention, as a kid I read insect field guides for fun (also sometimes the dictionary). The only arthropods that really bother me are ones that can spread parasites (I have a legitimate phobia of internal parasites, external ones aren’t as bad because you can usually at least tell they’re there) and, for some reason, house centipedes. Giant centipedes whose bites can hurt as much as gunshot wounds (according to a guide book I read about Hawai’i)? Meh. Little house centipedes whose bites won’t hurt any more than a bee sting? Oh my gosh, keep them away from me! Just something about the angle of their legs makes my primitive brain go “That’s not right,” and their skitters movements make it seem very easy for one to suddenly run up your pant leg or something (I enjoy holding some arthropods, especially millipedes, but only when I invite them onto me - if I’m not expecting it, I’m at least quite startled).


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22 May 2020, 8:51 pm

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J.B.S. Haldane is said to have … said that. That God had beetlemania. An "inordinate fondness for beetles".
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Everyone loves lady bugs and butterflies.

And I love dragonflies and their cousins: the damsel flies. The fast sportscars of the insect world. Its very soothing to watch them fly over a pond in the woods- kinda like watching hawks circling.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they are predators that eat up gnats and mosquitos.

But I wont deny the truth...I don't have much love for the aforementioned gnats and mosquitos, nor for roaches, or bedbugs.


I like watching dragonflies around ferns, because that's what the first dinosaurs saw.
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23 May 2020, 7:02 am

Nobody gets notifications anymore. That function in the site is apparently broken. There are threads of folks complaining about it in the "WrongPlanet.net" subforum. I don't get the notifications because I haven't clicked that option in years anyway.



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23 May 2020, 7:10 am

Dear_one wrote:
naturalplastic wrote:
J.B.S. Haldane is said to have … said that. That God had beetlemania. An "inordinate fondness for beetles".
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Everyone loves lady bugs and butterflies.

And I love dragonflies and their cousins: the damsel flies. The fast sportscars of the insect world. Its very soothing to watch them fly over a pond in the woods- kinda like watching hawks circling.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they are predators that eat up gnats and mosquitos.

But I wont deny the truth...I don't have much love for the aforementioned gnats and mosquitos, nor for roaches, or bedbugs.


I like watching dragonflies around ferns, because that's what the first dinosaurs saw.
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Yes. Both ferns and dragonflies are ancient, and were around in the days of dinosaurs.

There were giant dragonflies, with two foot wingspans, at one time. But those giant ones were long extinct by the time of the dinosaurs.



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23 May 2020, 9:30 am

I like to watch them. I am happy looking at them, to know they are there going about their daily lives, just how God made them...


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23 May 2020, 9:53 am

As a 10 year old, I was massively into butterflies, was a collector, and knew the names of most. Growing up in Australia, there were some huge and brilliantly coloured varieties. The Blue Triangle remains my favourite...
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Next on my list would have to be the Cairns Birdwing...
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23 May 2020, 9:56 am

Nice. So pretty.


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23 May 2020, 9:59 am

They are interesting...I cannot say I like very many of them on me because they are such creepy crawlies, but I do like to watch and observe them.


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23 May 2020, 10:16 am

I do love butterflies, thx Jules they are so pretty, and ladybirds...........that's about it.


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23 May 2020, 2:11 pm

I like wasps. They are mostly nice in opposite to bees except you cause them really trouble. Sometimes I put some sweet stuff on a finger if they are around and let them eat. It looks quite cute if they do. :wink:


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23 May 2020, 2:32 pm

Juliette wrote:
As a 10 year old, I was massively into butterflies, was a collector, and knew the names of most. Growing up in Australia, there were some huge and brilliantly coloured varieties. The Blue Triangle remains my favourite...
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Next on my list would have to be the Cairns Birdwing...
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Love those tropical butterflies!

My favorite from the other side of earth, are the Morpho butterflies. I actually got to see some on the Rio Pacuare in Costa Rica. They looked like sparkling blue jewels sprinkled over the river.

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/4luoo57]Image[/url]]BlueMorpho[/url]


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23 May 2020, 2:41 pm

My Mum told me why wasps ans bees have stings and flies don't. Wasps and bees have specific homes to return to and it is important that they get back to them. Flies don't. They can move and not worry where they go.
The conversation came up because a wasp flew into the house and into our living room, had a little explore and flew back out knowing exactly which way to go. Flies fly in and can't get back out as they have no real sense of direction.

It is interesting.


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24 May 2020, 3:34 am

My interest in them has become jaundiced since spending a lot of time in Arkansas and "enjoying" the risks of being bitten or stung by Lyme-infested Lone Star deer ticks, brown recluse spiders, mosquitos, fleas, and whatever else is lurking about waiting to mess up my life for me. I should probably study the lives of those particular species with a view to finding out how to keep them away from me without using toxic chemicals. The nearest I've got to that is to use 2% dish soap as a killing spray and as a material to use in moats round the kitchen waste bin and the cat's food bowl - quite effective against ants at least. Beyond that I do find insects quite interesting, though I've never made an extensive study of them.

When I was a young teenager I went through a phase of trying to make realistic-looking imitation insects from whatever materials were to hand. A little later on I tried to put ants into suspended animation by freezing them, and that seemed to be working for times of a few minutes, but sadly I found out that it was only immobilising them and that if they were in the freezer long enough to freeze solid, they just died. I gather insects don't have the nervous system required to experience pain or mental anguish, so I guess my tomfoolery wasn't doing any harm, though in the case of ticks etc. I sometimes wish I could hurt them.

I've always liked butterflies and ladybirds, and am quite fond of moths. I enjoyed reading about the bizarre insects in Alice Through The Looking-Glass.



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24 May 2020, 11:06 am

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My interest in them has become jaundiced since spending a lot of time in Arkansas and "enjoying" the risks of being bitten or stung by Lyme-infested Lone Star deer ticks, brown recluse spiders, mosquitos, fleas, and whatever else is lurking about waiting to mess up my life for me. I should probably study the lives of those particular species with a view to finding out how to keep them away from me without using toxic chemicals. The nearest I've got to that is to use 2% dish soap as a killing spray and as a material to use in moats round the kitchen waste bin and the cat's food bowl - quite effective against ants at least. Beyond that I do find insects quite interesting, though I've never made an extensive study of them.

When I was a young teenager I went through a phase of trying to make realistic-looking imitation insects from whatever materials were to hand. A little later on I tried to put ants into suspended animation by freezing them, and that seemed to be working for times of a few minutes, but sadly I found out that it was only immobilising them and that if they were in the freezer long enough to freeze solid, they just died. I gather insects don't have the nervous system required to experience pain or mental anguish, so I guess my tomfoolery wasn't doing any harm, though in the case of ticks etc. I sometimes wish I could hurt them.

I've always liked butterflies and ladybirds, and am quite fond of moths. I enjoyed reading about the bizarre insects in Alice Through The Looking-Glass.



Lone star ticks actually are different from deer ticks and are unlikely to carry Lyme disease (I got bitten by one at summer camp last year and looked them up, since they’re pretty easy to identify). But yeah, my mom’s parents live in Arkansas, and there are a ton of ticks there (quite possibly literally, if they were all gathered up and weighed together). My grandma got some sort of tick-transmitted disease (I think it was ehrlichthiosis) and had to go to the hospital (she and my grandpa were visiting my uncle and his family in the Chicago area at the time symptoms started and ticks are far less prevalent there, so it took a while for her to get a proper diagnosis). My brother also got a tick in his ear (yes, inside his ear) once, but didn’t have any problems once it was out. If we visit them again this year and my service dog comes along (which we’ve been considering doing), I’ll have to make absolutely sure he doesn’t miss his flea and tick prevention that month (it works well enough that one time my parents and I took him along on a nature walk, and the dog was the only one who didn’t come back with any hitchhikers, the humans each had at least one tick). I can say I have no great love for the blood-suckers like ticks and fleas.


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24 May 2020, 11:29 am

Once at holidays there were lots of deer flys in the woods. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoptena_cervi
Didn't even knew them before. Did kill more then hundred once I felt any of them one my arms or legs. They had no chance to bite me but I can't say that I need their companionship. :mrgreen:


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