Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Five: BUGS!

Sophia over at RevGalBlogPals writes: As I was walking the beach today, I was surprised and delighted to find it swarming with ladybugs. The sweet little red beetles are one of my favorite insects and also my daughter's blogname--though as of this morning she was thinking of changing it to Butterfly. I'll keep you posted.

This got me thinking about spiritual insect trivia: Did you know that medieval mystics and theologians esteemed the bee for its dedicated work and transformation of ordinary ingredients into sweetness? That Spider Woman is an important creator Goddess to many Native American tribes? Or that Francis of Assisi was reminded of Jesus not only by lambs being led to slaughter, but also by worms (think "I am a worm and no man" from the Psalms)-- so he picked them up and took them out of stomping-vulnerable spots?!
In that spirit, this week's Friday Five is a magical mystery tour through God's garden of creepy crawlies!
1. Ladybugs or ladybirds? Pillbugs or roly-polys? Jesus bugs or water skeeters? Any other interesting regional or familial name variations?
Ladybugs, roly-polys, water bugs, yes. Also wooly bears - those caterpillars that are orange and black and tell you (by the width of the orange stripe) how long winter is going to be in New England...
2. Stomp on spiders, carry them outside, or peacefully co-exist? Oh, always bring them carefully outside - I can remember my grandfather doing this, and my mom, and I persist, although they do freak me out!

3. Favorite insect? Butterflies, and moths, just love them. Also lightning bugs, so much fun to catch and release on a summer night.

4. Least favorite? June Bugs! When I was about 8, I had a bad dream that involved thousands of June bugs crawling all over me. They were crawling on my face, and I couldn't open my mouth to scream. Ever since, I can't stand them. When they come out in summer, I hide.

5. Got any good bug stories to share?
When my husband and I had our first apartment in Chicago, our landlord brought (by mistake) with her from Texas palmetto bugs - big huge flyig cockroaches. I had never seen such things. My husband out of town, I called my upstairs neighbor down to deal with one in the bathroom. In he went with a broom. The next thing I know, I hear him scream: IT FLIES! And lots of banging. My friend and I were in hysterics outside the door. He did kill it. We called the exterminator the next day.
Bonus question: share a poem, song, quotation, etc. about insects. Ogden Nash has a few, including:
Gnats are numerous, but small
You hardly notice them
At all.

(of course this isn't true)

Thanks Sophia!


Sophia said...

Wooly bears are so cute--new to me as a Westerner.

What a great (awful) bug story....I had no idea some cockroaches could fly. Eew.

mompriest said...

I have a really icky story about cockroaches....ewww...I'll write about it one day....but having recently moved to the SW my husband and I were surprised that there are no lighning bugs here - which is sad - always a summer favorite to see their little lights flickering about on a summer night....

MaineCelt said...

Wooly Bears! Love the picture. I used to nanny two little girls who loved these creatures outrageously. The best compliment they ever paid me was when they started calling me "wooh-wooh", their nickname for wooly bears. I made a beanie-baby-style wooly bear for each of them for their birthdays one year, and they were far more delighted than the gifts deserved!

MumPastor said...

Thanks for visiting, Sophia, but I am not sure I want to hear that bug story! Yipes! Nor yours mompriest! I'm sorry you no longer have lightning need a copy of the Eric Carle children's book The Very Lonely Firefly...MaineCelt what a perfectly sweet and wonderful must have been one terrific nanny!