Insect messaging?

September 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Arachnids, Flies, Insects, Mosquitoes, Nature, Spiders, Thomas Hardy, Weather | Leave a comment

“Mummy! There’s a mosquito in the bathroom!”

yelled younger brother with a mouthful of toothpaste.

“Don’t worry. It’s only a male. He won’t suck your blood.”

replied older brother, reassuringly.

Glad that we have a budding entomologist in our family, we talked briefly about the influx of mosquitos bothering England this week, then the lads went to bed and I came back downstairs to be greeted by an annoying, loud buzzing sound. A large bluebottle was circling. Where did that come from? Well, it has been unusually warm this afternoon and evening, and we have had the doors open …

Sitting back down to finish my post on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s new Series on Energy and Health in conjunction with The Lancet, I was distracted by a large dark creature scuttling across the floorboards. It was the largest spider I have ever seen outside a zoo in Britain! I just managed to fit it into a wide-necked Bonne Maman jam jar, so it could be returned to an outdoor habitat comfortably 😉

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy flashes age-old images through my mind of farmer Gabriel Oak watching the spider … before the weather turns again …

I cannot remember the plot; all that comes to mind from that book I loved are the intriguing natural wonders and colourful rural scenes. I was especially impressed by the ways in which nature was appreciated by certain characters while others were oblivious to the natural world surrounding them.

Some people only see people.


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