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Subject:The Friday Five for August 16, 2019
Time:03:39 am
Let me take a moment from the ant invasion to ponder the question of insects. Scientists reckon that that are no less than 900,000 different insect species sharing the planet with us

1. Do you have a favorite insect (of the bug variety, of course)?
2. Which insect could you happily do without seeing for a good long time?
3. Which insect do you think is of the most benefit to us?
4. Have you had to deal with an insect invasion yet this season (or this past summer for our friends in the other hemisphere)?
5. Would you eat insects? Not even for a lot of money?


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spikesgirl58
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Time:2019-08-16 10:50 am (UTC)
my answers are here: https://spikesgirl58.livejournal.com/3073545.html
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milhent
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Time:2019-08-16 10:52 am (UTC)
Here are my answers - https://milhent.livejournal.com/188531.html
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thismaz
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Time:2019-08-16 11:55 am (UTC)
mine are at https://thismaz.livejournal.com/106893.html
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kazzy_cee
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Time:2019-08-17 11:15 am (UTC)
My answers:
1. Do you have a favorite insect (of the bug variety, of course)?
I do love butterflies and bees as they are always so busy in the garden, but I rather like how the ladybirds eat all those pesky greenfly on my roses as well, so I shouldn't leave them out.

2. Which insect could you happily do without seeing for a good long time?
Anything bitey like mosquitoes, gnats or cat fleas. Unfortunately I react badly to biting insects, but we are luck in the UK not to have many nasties that bite you. Cat fleas are the annoying ones as it means I have to catch each of our three cats and treat them which is never easy as the spot treatment liquid must have a much stronger scent than I can detect. Once you've treated one cat the others avoid you as they know what's coming! LOL! The job then takes several days....

3. Which insect do you think is of the most benefit to us?
Obviously as many have said it has to be the pollinators as we wouldn't last very long without food pollinated by friendly insects. Something that many people don't appreciate I think (especially pesticide companies).

4. Have you had to deal with an insect invasion yet this season (or this past summer for our friends in the other hemisphere)?
I am lucky enough that we rarely have insect invasion issues in my temperate country.

5. Would you eat insects? Not even for a lot of money?
I'm sure insect protein will find its way into food products in the future as we will have to do something about the increasing population and diminishing land to graze large animals for meat. I'm sure it will be unrecognisable and made to look like other meat products when it does. However I would never be able to eat anything live such as a witchetty grub - I just couldn't do it no matter how hungry I was or how much money I was given. So my answer is NO.
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spikesgirl58
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Time:2019-08-17 12:44 pm (UTC)
For me to eat bugs, they will need to not look like bugs.

Sparky says that she wonders if the drops hurt them. I don't think that they do, but mine aren't keen on it either.

Thanks for playing along!

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kazzy_cee
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Time:2019-08-18 04:52 pm (UTC)
I do wonder if they make the skin slightly numb as I've accidentally got some on my skin and it was a really weird tingly feeling. Maybe that's what they don't like.
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spikesgirl58
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Time:2019-08-18 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know. It smells terrible to me. I always thought it was that they didn't care for.
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sallymn
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Time:2019-08-17 11:35 am (UTC)

1. Do you have a favorite insect (of the bug variety, of course)? I'm a simple and predictable sort, and so I will choose butterflies, pretty much any butterflies.

2. Which insect could you happily do without seeing for a good long time? Bull ants. We get the nest occasionally on the nature strip and yes, I've been stung and yes, they hurt. Considerably worse than a bee sting.

Of course, cockroaches are a given as well.

3. Which insect do you think is of the most benefit to us? Bees. Can't go past bees.

4. Have you had to deal with an insect invasion yet this season (or this past summer for our friends in the other hemisphere)? There were a hell of a lot of ants (the small annoying house ant variety, not the above bullish ones, that god) last summer, probably because it was so hot and dry.

5. Would you eat insects? Not even for a lot of money? I… don't know. The part of me that is always fascinated by weird foods has read up on them (including recipes - grubbachino, anyone? - yes, it was a real drink in a 'native foods' book and made from witchetty grubs, which are supposedly delicious anyway) but I think the far bigger wussy part of me would win out...




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spikesgirl58
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Time:2019-08-17 12:46 pm (UTC)
They are lovely things and so delicate. We have very few here, I'm not sure if it the heat or something else. I miss them.

We get these tiny 'sugar ants' nicknamed because of their size. However, enough of them, and they are just as awful as the bigger variety. Never any fun find them in the kitchen.

Thanks for playing!
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sallymn
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Time:2019-08-19 12:18 pm (UTC)
Sugar ants sound lie our house ants, annoying but not actually painful...
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spikesgirl58
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Time:2019-08-19 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yup, just annoying here.
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