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A buggy update

September 12, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
My column last week seems to have struck a chord with a lot of folks. The column had to do with bugs, and listed a few stories of the bugs I have seen this summer. Seems many of our readers in the area have also noticed a wide variety of the bugs. Many had bug stories of their own to share with me. It seems that I may have missed a bug story or two in my column. One loyal reader wondered why I had not mentioned the Cicadas. They are right, I should have said a few words about them. They have been loud late this summer. One tree in my yard is littered with the empty shells of the bodies of Cicadas. We witnessed the new Cicada coming out of one of the shells...it is one ugly critter. There are over 2,500 different kinds of Cicada, known for their loud sounds. Another reader thanked us for putting a name (earwig) to the strange worm-like bugs they had seen this summer. One other reader commented that at least our Minnesota bugs don't kill people. She was referring, I am sure, to killer bees, red ants, black widow spiders and I don't know what else. Of course, ticks give us Lymes disease, and mosquitos carry encephalitis and West Nile - and other life-threatening plagues such as Malaria and Yellow Fever. But I digress. On Saturday, just as the Faribault County Register with my buggy column in it hit the streets, I was camping with my family near St. Charles. We had a few gnats hanging around, just floating in the air. But all of a sudden, the air was filled with zillions of them. They swarmed everything, but had a particular fondness for anything brightly colored; yellow, orange or green. A bright yellow toy pail, swing seats, and orange ball were covered with them. A camper with a yellow shirt had thousands of them on her back. Even the bright orange top of a Deep Woods Off bug repellent can (how ironic!) was covered with gnats. They descended about 2:30 in the afternoon, and by 6:30 that evening they were gone. I figure they read my column, and were there to make a statement about it. The statement? No doubt about it, insects rule the world.

 
 

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