Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bothersome Bugs and Being Green

Mindful Echo is not on board with the creepy crawlies. 

I get it, nature. Bugs are important. They fertilize our gardens. They feed other creatures. Okay. Okay.

While I was out walking yesterday I saw TWO armyworms (also known as tent caterpillars) dangling from trees. I know what you're thinking: two is not a very big number, right? Right. To me, though, those two little insects are a buzzing alarm clock that is shaking me awake after a long, winter, bug-less slumber.


Immediately upon seeing them I was transported back about 15 years to one of my summers spent in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The armyworms there were TERRIBLE. They decimated neighbourhoods of trees and would rain from the branches and onto the sidewalks and unsuspecting passerbys. They would crawl from the grass and onto our shoes, or up our clothing. It was not unheard of to find them in your hair. While camping, they would drop onto the tent leaving it bespeckled with squirming shadows over our sleeping faces. I'll spare you some more horrifying details though. You're welcome.

If you want to see what I'm talking about, click here. I found this Google Image search panic-inducing.

Since being in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I haven't encountered more than a handful of the monsters, nor do the moths they turn into ever pose more than a mild nuisance here. I'll admit it though, I'm worried.

I know that these particular bugs can be problematic for certain crops. I take solace in the fact that they are a nuisance to gardeners and farmers; it justifies my disdain.

What do you think though? How important is it that environmentalists embrace every part of our ecosystem?


Christopher D Drew said...

I don't claim to be green but I can't stand ants in my house. I try my best to usher spiders out gently, but I am in an all out war with ants.

Mindful Echo said...

Oh yeah. Ants are bad too. Anything that tends to go from one little bug to a whole colony gets under my skin...*shiver*


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