August 31st 2007 01:26
In my home country, New Zealand, thereís a very prehistoric looking beast of an insect called the weta. They give me the heebie-jeebies. Looks kind of like a cross between a grasshopper, a scorpion and a tiger; a striped shell, massive spiny hinds legs, huge mandibles, long feelers. They live in damp, rotting wood and Peter Jackson not only named his special effects workshop after them, but giant versions of them featured in that frightening cave sequence in King Kong where the giant carnivorous worms also dwelled. UGH!
I remember as a young boy watching a wasp and a grasshopper locked in mortal battle; the grasshopper was on its back pushing frantically with its huge hind legs up at the wasp which was furiously stabbing downwards with its stinger. I couldnít watch the wasp kill the grasshopper so I left the scene.
Now spiders I have a thing about. Yes, Iím a bit of an arachnophobe. As soon as they start getting big and hairy then I start getting the heebie-jeebies, for example the tarantula, or the funnelweb, or the huntsman. Eeeek!!! I know the tarantula and the huntsman arenít considered dangerous, but they still look damn creepy.
Give me a cute lilí ladybird anyday.
The dragonfly is my favourite insect. It just oozes ďstreet credĒ, if an insect could ever command that kind of visual aesthetic, the dragonfly does. The scorpion has the most impressive looking defence system. But if I was to be an insect Iíd be a bumblebee. All those flowers Ö all that honey.