Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Orkin Ecologist, and My #BugOut Moment

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Have you ever had a #BugOut moment?  When I first thought about it, I could not remember one.  Then while reading The Orkin Ecologist world’s scariest bugs page and the Top 10 Bug Phobias page, I realized that I have had one.  You see I used to have Phobia number 9.  For many years I had Scoleciphobia. Don't know what Scoleciphobia is?  Growing up, I did not know it had a name.  You see, Scoleciphobia is the fear of worms.  I was not afraid of snakes, but a harmless earthworm could make me run away screaming.   That fear was all my brother's fault!!  When we were kids he thought it would be fun to put a bucket of worms in my room.  He was only about five at the time. He also took a crayon an drew a giant arrow on my wall pointing to the giant bucket  worms.  Ew!  I did finally outgrow my fear of worms, once I became a parent.  When I would walk future zookeeper to the bus stop she would panic when she would see worms in the street on a rainy day.  She did not want to see them  be run over, and killed by a passing vehicle..  I can't count the number of times, we tried to save as many as possible from being squished by the bus.  

Another bug that I am not really afraid of, but have to avoid are stinging insects like yellow jackets, wasps, and bees.  Two times in my life I have stepped on nest, being stung multiple times.  Both times I had some pretty bad side effects.  It seems I am allergic.   The bug in the picture is from the Orkin Ecologist world’s scariest bugs page. It is a Giant Japanese Hornet.  I am grateful that they are mostly found in Asia and not where I live,  because they kill about 40 people per year.  

The Orkin Ecologist has more that just scary bugs on it's site. It is a great educational resource  for bug lovers, scientists, and future zookeepers.    I know my kids are always asking questions about bugs that they find, and this would be a good place to find the answers. The Orkin Ecologist is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheOrkinEcologist), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/orkin/) where you can follow Orkin,  and find more fun articles and ideas all about bugs.  

Now that you know  about my secret phobia of a harmless earthworm, I would love to hear what you are afraid of too.  What is your  #BugOut moment?

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