Ok. As you know I am from the mountains; the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, in fact. I grew up seeing all kinda freakish looking critters...mostly spiders and snakes. I have developed a modified freak out when in the vicinity of spiders and snakes. Nothing gets broken, no one is embarrassed.
Modifying my freak out when it comes to worms was a different challenge that I instantly met when I encountered an earthworm while gardening with my then-10 month old or so pumpkin. What kind of example would I be setting if I flipped out over something probably not one hundredth of my size in front of my barely knee- high, wholly impressionable baby love?! I was proud of myself that day.
these flipping stink bugs FLIP ME THE FREAK OUT!! I CANNOT STAND THEM. They are the most menacing looking bug I have ever seen...so frequently...in such close quarters. They look like shields on legs, like some kinda miniature invading army.
Apparently the East Coast has been invaded by this species; they stowed away in shipping containers from China and unfortunately survived the voyage. They stink if you squash them. I haven't noticed any scent so I guess my killings have been somewhat humane.
I was marvelling at one recent capture; "ingenious", I thought, as I watched this stink bug stuck on its back to a lint roller, legs flailing in the air. I was considering YouTubing the spectacle when, wouldn't you know it? This little robot
up-ended itself on the tip of its shield and flipped over onto its legs, ready to charge forward. I actually screamed. THESE STINK BUGS ARE FREAKING ME OUT!! At least the dang cicadas stay outside when they come!