If You Were A Bug,

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what would you be?

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A butterfly,

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or a bumblebee?
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Remember Gregor,
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so hated his job,
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he went to bed,
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and woke up a beetle?
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I never did get, Gregor,
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why not a spider?
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You could weave your web,
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and as Charlotte said,
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“people are not as smart as bugs.”
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Along came a spider,
who sat down beside her,
and interested Miss Muffet for hours 😉

Cheers to you from all the clever crawlies~

“If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who, had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm’s time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed?”– Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

268 thoughts on “If You Were A Bug,

  1. As far as spiders go, the one you captured in the first photograph looks really scary! The butterflies and dragonflies are stunningly beautiful. Cheers to you, Cindy!

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    • That spider is a black widow, the most venomous spider in north america. They are known to eat both their young and their mate, so your innate, unconsious reaction was right on target Halim. That’s why it is important to trust your instincts!

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      • Well said, Cindy! I find them from time to time in my garage and my garden. I even captured one and relocated it away from the house. The happy news is that they’re shy and reclusive so aren’t likely to turn up in your bedroom closet. Where did you find this one?

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      • Yes, exactly! I am so sorry I missed your accurate depiction. Most critters that people are afraid of, are even more afraid of people. If we understand this, we can maximize our potential to avoid scaring them, to the point where they injure or kill us, and visa versa.

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  2. So cool Cindy – well actually I’m not fond of spiders, but these shots are great, do love the butterflies and bees too. Love your creativity in this series – makes me really think what would I rather be. I’m thinking butterfly.

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful photos. I have always felt mothers were in many ways spiders – at the centre of a web and alive to any twitching from the various people who depend on her to come and fix any number of different needs in their lives.

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    • Oh what creative imagery. I can see her, constantly repairing the web, indefatigable in her tasks, sensitive to the slightest vibration. I will look at spiders differently now. Thank you~

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  4. I was just telling a friend of my primal fear of spiders. My stomach tightened just looking at the photos (they were great shots by the way). If I could be a bug dragonflies, butterflies and ladybugs are all high on the list — they’re pretty and fly and eat harmful bugs but my top choice would be a firefly. They turn a summer’s night into magic.

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  5. Seeing your stunning photos makes it hard for me to decide, but I think I’m going to go with bees. They’re beautiful, industrious, loyal and responsible for keeping the food chain alive and well. They deserve celebrity status in my book.

    Cindy, I’ll say it today, tomorrow and every time I stop by: your photos (and subject matter) are stellar!

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  6. Best Bugs in town! You make them all so pretty!
    Well, Cindy, if I was a bug, I’d like to think I’d be a butterfly. Yet, my insect instinct is say …”moth, a fabric moth… the finest woolens and silks, only, please!” 😀

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  7. Cindy: This is going to sound completely crazy. But these pics had me feeling like Alice!! Remember the song from the cartoon? “All In A Golden Afternoon.” That’s what this post reminded me of!!! Sharing this lovely piece now to transport our readers, my dear! 😉 xo ❤

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      • I accidently grabbed more than a dozen or so nests of snacks this past spring and early summer. I spent several weeks cutting out a new garden and was going down a minimum of 12 inches. Each time I yelled so loud I scared myself and threw the snakes over my head. The longest one I had was 16″ and that one had the nerve to come out and sunbathe in my front garden as you enter or exit the front door. I took him/her with a shovel of dirt out to the street and cut him into 1″ pieces. That’s the last one I’ve seen so far this year. I don’t need any more. We’re so dry, I don’t know where they might be and oh so hot. It never cools off at night. At 2 a.m. is was 98!

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      • eeks! Sounds like you got quite a fright! I got over my snake phobia because my son was forced to study rattlesnakes in grad school. He captured them, glued trackers on their rattles, set them free, and tracked where they went. The whole thing scared the beejeezus out of me, until he took me with him on one of the set free trips. I observed how abjectly terrified they are of us, (for good reason) and how much they desperately wanted to escape from our presence. Ever since then I look at snakes differently. I even photographed a rattler recently at close quarters and was unafraid.
        Still nests are creepy and I can empathize with your fear, and with the heat, at 2am 98 degree is really HOT! Sorry for both situations and hope the heat breaks soon.

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  8. These are all your photographs?? My gosh… Excellent!! (ps Have you heard of a “brown” black widow? I hated black widows from when I was young. I had a propane torch just for them.)

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  9. Not sure I’d want my wife to be a spider or a preying mantis since I’m not sure that works out so well for their mates. Ladybugs look nice, but I don’t fancy eating aphids for a living. My kids would definitely like to be cicadas — making all that noise? Great!

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      • Well, I wasn’t sure, so I had a look on Wikipedia to check out my options. In the end, I decided to come back as a stick insect.

        They apparently eat vegetation, so that’s okay. They just kind of laze about all day, so I wouldn’t have to change my lifestyle much. They can eat as much as they want but always maintain a stick thin figure, which is quite a sales point. It also says they are happiest at about 25°C/77°F, which is also around about the temperature I enjoy. Finally, I couldn’t see anything about being eaten by my wife.

        All in all it looks like a pretty good deal.

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    • This has to be the most logical and informed self to bug selection process I have read to date. I do agree, your wife would be unlikely to eat you as you are so, errrrrr, thin. Several other bloggers selected dragon flies for this same reason, thin-ness I mean, not spousal consumption concerns. I too appreciate the stick bugs indolent lifestyle, lack of concern regarding weight gain, considering such indolence, and perference for a balmy clime. All in all, a most excellent choice. Bring on the stick bugs. If I find one to photograph, I’ll name it after you.

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