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Bugs have it tough…

WARNING: This post will make you want to scratch everywhere!

In the world, there seems to be a universal acceptance that bugs rank pretty low on the list of cute things. One might say that it is inherent to what they are. Because first, nothing with that many legs / eyes / darts can qualify as cute. I know beauty is suggestive, but COME ON!!!! Secondly,  you can’t train a bug to do stuff, and you cannot interact at any level because they don’t really acknowledge you.

Although this last point is debatable. If you are anything like my husband, all summer when mosquitoes come snacking on him, they have a grin on their faces, a “Got ya!!!” look in their tiny vicious and numerous eyes. That’s quite a sophisticated level of interaction! Plus, bugs always need to be on you. You can’t have a fly or a mosquito in the room without them trying to BUG YOU (sorry, it was too tempting to miss…). Why do they do it for, if not for a hug? So maybe in that respect, they are actually like cuddly bears, just less cute…

One exception to this: stink bugs. Stink bugs are loners. They don’t want hugs or anything to do with you. They just want to look ugly on your kitchen walls. They are the skunk of bugs.

Even if bugs are desperate to strike up a conversation with humans,  how can anything qualify as cute when the dictionary definition goes like this: “Bug: an insect or other creeping or crawling invertebrate”. They might as well have written “creepy”. I am sure that’s what they meant…

All this in itself is pretty bad, right? But sometimes you have to accept nature’s order: antelopes are faster than humans, women are the smartest of all creatures, and bugs are uglier than most living things.

What I cannot reconcile, is how we, mothers, are teaching our children that some ugly bugs are cute and others are just plain ugly. Forget the obvious stuff like, no one is going to root for mosquitoes because they are vicious so these are universally annoying.

But how about ladybugs? Why do we all think ladybugs are cute? They are bugs! Hello??!! The hint is in the name!!! They are red or orange. They bite – although apparently, it does not hurt, so I am not sure why they do. A bite that is harmless is a pointless bite really… They produce a stinky substance (if they were not so cute, it would be called poop, but it’s ladybugs we are talking about!!). In England, they even have a nicer name; they are called ladybirds. And we dress our kids like them for Halloween. Why?

Bed bugs are red too! They have oval bodies, same as ladybugs! They have a painless bite as well! For all we know, they could be related to ladybugs, like cousins or something like that. Yet, do you dress your kid in a bed bug outfit to go trick-or-treating? If you find one in your house, do you gently put it on the tip of your finger and call your kids, “Look what mommy found!! Awww, how cute…” NO. You scream, you run, you call the exterminator, you take five showers. And stop scratching while you are reading!! It’s just an example!

How about butterflies? Everybody loves butterflies!!! They are so delicate, they float in the air, they rest on flowers. Our kids draw them everywhere. Aawwww another cute little insect. OK then, what do you think of moths? Same cute little insect with wings. Just a different color. Yet, no one likes a moth on their hand.

Would it help to know the beautiful, colorful butterflies are also the ones who produce toxic chemical substances! Ha!!! Not so cute anymore…

I for one don’t teach my kids about cute little bugs, because I have a phobia and I am scared of anything that crawls, flies and generally wants to come and touch me. It’s called insectophobia – See! insects are so, so, so boring that scientists could not even come up with a cool name for the fear of them. And don’t even get me starting on spiders, cockroaches and other equally creepy creatures. The color, function, looks, number of eyes, whether it has a mouth or not, none of that matters to me. If its size is smaller than my cat, it’s gonna make me scream…

But I understand. Not everybody is like me and I do admit that I can be very silly sometimes. So for the rest of you who can see the cuteness of a flea, who can appreciate the poetry of a maggot, who don’t judge an assassin bug by its name, for all of you, here are some beautiful pictures… Happy scratching!!

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a cute little cicada…

 

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An adorable stink bug…

 

 

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Another darling cicada…

 

 

 

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A sweet little snakey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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