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Do these pictures bug you?

I miss summer already, and it’s still mostly summer out. Still, there’s one thing good thing about cold weather—no bugs. I’d really rather have insects than winter (spiders aren’t technically insects), but yeah, they do bug me.
Earlier this summer, while we were down in Missouri, we found this on the car windshield:

It’s a grasshopper, possibly mutated by radioactivity or fracking, because it’s bigger than the photo makes it appear. More the size of a Volkswagen bug. Maybe this view, from inside the car, will give you a better idea:

It’s monster movie giant! The bug that ate New York! Surely it got made into a 50s black and white SF thriller!
(The closest I could find was this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050294/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_30. That’s The Deadly Mantis—which did indeed head down to eat New York—but instead of hopping grass, it prayed. I recall it scaring the bug juice out of me on The Double Creature Feature.)
On the one hand, I’m not at all scared of grasshoppers. On the other hand, if that thing landed on me before I saw what it was—assuming it didn’t weight me down so much I couldn’t move—I’d have rolled my car over to one side and uprooted the nearest tree in my eagerness to run out of my own skin.


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Oct. 5th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)

You're still my hero ;-)

Oct. 6th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Earlier today a stink bug crawled up my shirt and gave me a surprise -- it was the exact same color and size of some local spiders. No one would have called me a hero if they heard that scream!
Oct. 6th, 2016 08:29 am (UTC)
Are we talking a full on Wesley here? :-)
Oct. 6th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oct. 6th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
Holy cra....! That thing is huge!

That's exactly the way I feel when I see one of those things.
Oct. 6th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
It was a big one!
Oct. 6th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
oh you found a lubber. i had to dissect those in middle school
Oct. 6th, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
I avoided biology class exactly so I wouldn't have to do that!
Oct. 6th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
hahahaha I took all the biology classes they offered and had one made up especially for me and another student
Oct. 6th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
I got an A+ and a certificate of achievement in general science, and was so full of myself that I skipped straight to chemistry, not knowing how much math was involved. Crashed and burned.
Oct. 6th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
ah yes, chemistry will do that too you. My degree in chemistry is why I have an official math minor. shudders
Oct. 8th, 2016 06:31 am (UTC)
When I was very young I wanted to be a "scientist", based on my earliest fictional role model, Spock. Math is what stopped me--horrible, horrible, horrible at it. Just for fun I made that a problem for the spaceship captain of my work in progress: He mentions at one point that during his engineering rotation in the academy he barely squeaked by.
Oct. 8th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
I have dyscalcia (dyslexia but with numbers. i'm dyslexic too) so yeah I wasn't great but I had no choice but to soldier on.

hahaha poor starship captain. I feel his pain.
Oct. 8th, 2016 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hm ... My mom claims I was diagnosed with dyslexia as a kid, although I don't remember it. I suppose it could be related.
Oct. 8th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
it often is
Oct. 6th, 2016 07:29 am (UTC)
Did you squish it? Or did it hop away by itself ;)
Oct. 6th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I shooed it away. I don't squash bugs if they're outside and not spiders.
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