An audience with the bugs~

I can’t say I am the biggest fan of creepy crawlies. As long as they don’t bother me, they don’t evade my space, my home, litter in my environment… then I am fine with them. Sorry guys, but being a bit lazy to write it out in full, I will list all the different encounters I’ve faced this summer.

A) This morning, when I went to turn on the lights to shower, sitting about 5cm above the light switches was a moth… yep a moth… brown, furry… and the size of the diameter of my hand!!! OMG!
Ehm… I wasn’t afraid though, just shocked me cause I never have actually saw one that huge in real life. I still flicked the switch on and went to take a shower. It was still there when I finished… @.@  I guess it was sleeping.

B) Once a month, we take turns mowing the forest of grass which grows taller than us all. It’s a real struggle fighting the grass, which needs to be chopped several times per area just because it’s too thick and tall. Occasionally, the blades of a weed whacker will find and nip off a ball of grass… and literally, I kid you not… monstrous black grass ants will spew… and I mean SPEW like a ferocious volcanic explosion type of rupture out of the rugby ball sized ball of grass. Quite a horrific sight. I wonder where they all run off too… hopefully not to get their revenge when I’m sleeping later that night.
Sorry little… I mean giant ants, I didn’t mean to open your house. Please forgive me.

C) Since I was mentioning about mowing, another bug that loves to come out then are massive black and white mosquitos. Kinda like the stripes of a zebra. Anyways, usually I don’t find out until my skin swells up like large pink boils that I realise I have been bitten. I hate them so much. They are damn sneaky and extremely irritating. I have only ever managed to catch two during this time while they suck my blood. One I managed to splatter, the other escaped my killer mossi swot of wrath! The one that I splattered burst in my palms, thick with my own red blood. MY blood! Rawr!!! And as if to tease me more, these blue Jays would swoop down right in front of me while I’m mowing… do a lil taunt *caw caw* and then fly away sitting on the power lines watching me with his friends. When I look at them, I can see it in their eyes. They’re laughing at me, taunting me, mocking me. Thinking ‘pitiful humans… trying to cut down the ever-growing grass.’
I show them my fist… they ‘re not afraid. Neither are the mossies =(

D) And if there’s mozzies and other flying insects, you can bet that there are spiders. I did see a pretty huge one the other day, but it’s not those which bother me. There are these tiny that just string webs everywhere. You could be walking down the street or in the park… or even in your back yard… and suddenly you feel like you have just walked into a life-sized web that covers your face, your arms, your legs. This annoyance magnifies itself ten folds if you just came out of the shower for a brisk walk in the sunset.

E) Then there are millipedes. Without my glasses, they just look like miniature red earthworms. But when you see them climb up the walls, around the sink, literally ALL over the ground everywhere… you’d think that they were like the fallen leaves of a tree. Except they’re not… they’re alive, they move, and I’m sure they’re eating all the scraps off the ground. Ugh… a millipede tree… now that’s a scary thought.
One time, there was like a couple of them sitting on the doorknob of the shower door. I tried to turn the knob without touching them. With careful effort and precision, I managed to turn the knob to hear the click of the latch. Success! I quickly swung the door open and jumped out. And one of them fell down on the ground. It wasn’t until after closer inspection that I found out that it was gushing out a clear liquid. I may have accidentally tore it in half =(
Sorry mr/mrs millipede.

F)  Swarms… Swarms and swarms of dragonflies and crickets buzzing around trees. And by my standards, they’re huge. Their body the length of my fingers. The middle one. Are they suppose to get that large? I dunno.

G) With those aforementioned, near our drainage area as well as the little puddles and ponds we have at the camp, there are bullfrogs. They’re small and camouflaged in the straw coloured greenery yet with the orchestra of music, you’d have expected that there were at least hundreds and thousands all living there.

H) I was just walking along the footpath… like any normal person would. And for a second, I heard the sound of a chopper flying closer and closer towards my head behind me. Quick reflexes allowed me to dodge what was coming from behind, mere centimeters from my ear. Believe me when I say this, a huge green beetle almost the size of my fist decided my head was as good as any flying obstacle for his afternoon flight around the neighbourhood.

I) Okay, even though this wasn’t a bug… but because there are so many around the camp, there are also a huge amount of geckos. One day, a gecko who I named Billy, thought it was a good idea to hide in my locker. He also believed that my cotton vest made an ideal lavatory for his stay. Unlike Billy, I totally disagreed with him, and was trying to force him out. But the more I tried to force him, the more he ran back further into the darkness of the locker.
This clearly wasn’t going to work. Instead, I covered all the holes of the locker, and left a small gap in the door where the light shone in. He slowly made his way out.  I hope Billy found a more ideal place to stay.

J) Yes, there are snakes here. They’re hiding in the grass. Waiting…

As much as I would like to be a part of the environment, please allow me to survive living amongst all these creatures. Living here has opened my eyes to how “safe and protected” NZ is. Mmm… NZ…. truly is a safe haven.

Update: On top of all that, the other day I was refilling my water bottle at a water distiller. As the pressed a button, a bug crawled up from underneath the tap and started crawling onto the top. I swear, it’s an alien bug. I’ve never seen it before. It’s like a grasshopper, beetle, ant, cockroach hybrid, in a seaweed green shell with yellow stripes. It had antennas three times the length of its body and was about the size of my index finger. Mmm… crazy, crazy place this is… @.@

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  1. rofl… as much as I don’t like kililng any living creatures, I would very much make an exception for mosquitoes. Those battery powered swats work nicely, but I think using incense / supersonic insect deterrent might be better….

    • I never hurt or killed… (okay… maybe the millipede accidentally) any of the other living creature as mentioned in my post… except for the mozzies. I think they knew what was coming when they stuck their long straws into my skin…

  1. September 1st, 2012

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