REVENGE of NATURE

bug revenge (copy)

ARTWORK Kath Unsworth

I love Insects they fascinate me. I love to watch them in their miniature worlds doing what they do. I also enjoy sketching them.

BUT….. I don’t like spiders INSIDE and especially on my head!

It has happened. One time when I dozed off in front of the TV an eight legged hairy thing the size of a small dinner plate decided my head was a great place to hang out. Maybe it was plotting revenge for all the other spiders annihilated by humans in this world. UGH! My skin crawls when I think about it. I cannot for the life of me work out where the fear came from. My mother likes spiders and never panicked when I was a wee child, she just carried them outside on her broom.

I have a healthy respect for spiders and I adore their silk artwork. Yet I turn to mud when they creep across my floor. I am lucky I have a husband who is not bothered by them and will carry every little insect out to safety before the dreaded CAN is lifted down from the highest shelf. My children and my hubby frown upon the can and protect the innocent for the good of nature. I try not to use it, it is my last resort and I need some extra security living out in the wilds with nature.

Illustration Friday’s word theme for the week was REVENGE. There would be plenty of bugs plotting revenge on us humans for sure. In my story book Manny and Me about a praying mantis I might have a scene where he and his friend the snail go into the house and get revenge on a kid who does not treat them very well.

If you have praying mantis in your garden you have a very healthy garden or so I am told by my horticulturist man. They are awesome to see, their bulging bug eyes will follow you across the room. We get excited when we see one in our garden because I need photos for reference and they are just plain cool to watch.

What insect would be plotting revenge on you?

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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42 Responses to REVENGE of NATURE

  1. Spiders and I don’t get along, but moths seem to have it in for me. Creepy, fluttering beasts of the shadows.

  2. Joan says:

    I am with you on the spiders. I once had one crawl on my face and well, let’s just say that my husband thought he would have to take me to the hospital. (Seriously, I nearly hyperventilated.) I love the illustration of the praying mantis – great job! (And they do not scare me.) Have a blessed day and week!

    • Joan that is my worst nightmare, thank you I am trying to open your latest post to read, my internet is so slow I will keep it in my inbox until I am back online and then I have lots of reading to catch up on. Thank you for just being here I appreciate YOU.

  3. I’m not scared of spiders. Our dad taught us of their value when he was alive and he would always free it back outdoors again just like your mom did. Now it’s something my husband and I do.

    I’m not a fan of moths, ever since I was a kid, and it is as if they know it!

  4. In the dictionary my picture appears beside arachnophobe. Misha is my spider killer. She often patrols the dark places looking for them. It’s an odd fear (but then, so are all phobias), for if I feel something crawling on me I’ll fling my body in 25 different directions at once trying to shed the tiny terror. Yet, if upon discovering its true identity, I’m quite fine if it carries 6 legs upon its body. Ants, beetles, dragonflies, and countless others can run about on my hand and I’m fine, but even the tiniest spider causes me to breakout in a sweat and uncontrollable shakes. My mother had a fear of them, but it wasn’t as bad as mine.

  5. Kath, yours is the one blog I keep up with while I’m devoting my time to taking care of Dad. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I thought you were going to have the Mantis take revenge on the Spiders! Fooled me. Love how your illustrations are developing. Keep at it!

  6. I don’t know if it’s revenge (although it could be) but we currently have an apparently unstoppable ant infestation. They just keep coming, and coming, and coming….

    • Kathleen at least they are not big and hairy, I usually let the ants be, unless they are in my cupboards, my kids fed them a piece of bacon one night and we were amazed it was all gone the next day……little vacuum cleaners.

  7. Oh pretty much most insects eek me out, I’m sorry to say. We had an infestation of jumping spiders (!) when I was a kid and I don’t think I’ve ever fully recovered 🙂 I am ok with ladybugs and fireflies though.
    -Dana

  8. The only insects I really dislike are wasps. I don’t mind bees at all, but wasps just seem to hang around you and it’s really hard to get rid of them. I could never hurt one, but they do make me inexplicably terrified.

    • Andrea we had a nest of them near the house, they can get dangerous if you disturb them and I have never experienced a sting, but have been told its pretty painful. Nature is an amazing thing.

  9. I’m with Andrea, wasps chase me into the house more than bees and any other insect. I’ll get all comfortable on the back patio, with a book or notebook and here comes the wasps.
    I love the praying mantis, such a cool creature. Your sketch is awesome, Kath!

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  11. Alisa Belzil says:

    Ahh! The sleeping head visitor sounds horrible! Just the story makes me swat at my hair haha. I love this mantis silhouette! They are really cool bugs. I remember my grandfather would put some grits(corn type southern porridge) out on the porch for them to eat in the early mornings while cooking breakfast. Thanks for bringing back such nice memories from my childhood. As for my revenge bugs…roaches! Uuugh! I haven’t seen one in years, but just the thought of them in our old garage in Florida makes me gag a little. Yikes haha! Great post!

    • Alisa thank you. Roaches seem to love the city areas I dont see many out here except the natives ones and believe it or not they are quite beautiful to look at and we leave them in our garden.

  12. I am the same as you regarding spiders! My father used to cradle them in his hands without any fuss and gently lay them down somewhere comfortable outside so I have no idea where my fear came from either. But last summer I did allow a small one to take a stroll across my arm. In fact he/she visited me evey day for three days as I sat on the same garen chair. But that’s as far as it goes. One landing on my head the size of a plate would send me hysterical! But I love watching insects too and I love your illustration in this post, youve given your insect teal character. 😊 X

    • Hi Christine, Thanks for the kind words….I say to my husband if all spiders were pink and small I would love them all. Its the BIG black venomous ones that worry me due to my boy not wanting to wear shoes.

  13. Definitely the spider. It’s the one thing I just can’t handle in my space. I’m not a fan of flying stinging insects, either, but spiders have IT. Probably didn’t help my brother once delighted in dropping some massive huntsman on my head…but I’d fear them, regardless. Love your drawing.

    • Alarna thanks i agree the hunties are scary and hairy but my husband takes them out. I cannot go within ten feet of them my phobia began as a child I think when one was crawling on my leg. I use to pay my brother to take them outside when we were young. my husband thankfully does it for free.

  14. My first instinct would be to say a spider. When I was 18 I broke my finger swatting at one. But seeing as I was in a cast for 6 weeks, maybe the spiders will show mercy. 🙂

  15. You and Edward O. Wilson. I read his bio and got a respect for people who love bugs, but didn’t climb on board.

  16. Sheila says:

    I love most insects too, but wouldn’t want any of them on my head – especially a spider. Hopefully they’re not plotting revenge because that would be too easy to do. Your drawing made me smile, especially because he’s creeping up on someone’s head there!

  17. Don’t like spiders and snakes. The vacuum cleaner comes in handy to suck up the spiders. Kath we had hundreds of praying mantises in our garden in Hermanus. The babies were tiny, smaller than my pinky finger nail. Pity I didn’t take some pictures.

  18. Della Law says:

    The poor spider who along with the rat is shunned by just about every section of society. What did the spider do to cause such fear and hatred? They clean up the bugs, make wonderful webs which sparkle on a frosty morning and try, as hard as they can, to keep out of our way. Yet they are flushed down the plug hole (they are not good swimmers) or the toilet (even worse) or sucked up the hoover (ouch) or sprayed with a can – without even a warning such as taza, taza, taza! Let’s all start putting them back outside and give the poor mites a chance?

    • Della I often think of you and your kindness to all creatures, it is a rare gift. My biggest issue with spiders is the ones we get (funnel webs) had one in the house the other night. Are venomous and my son never wheres shoes anywhere much. I would never forgive myself if he were bitten so the spider loses and by the looks of these comments is the most hated of all insects…which we knew already right. My children luckily follow their dads lead.

  19. I do not do the 8-legged and there are plenty around with all the vegetation around our rental house!!! I love watching the bees and butterflies flit and dance with the fauna and flora though 🙂

  20. seanbidd says:

    With wild places for work, few insects or arachnids rate as wanting to seek revenge, they usually get in first. But I’ve seen people with their genuine fear of spiders when they’ve walked into a Golden Orb’s web by accident in the bush and then totally lose it.

    • Sean thanks for dropping in….Ahh yes I use to have a golden orb spider as a pet outside my window, she was beautiful and the children loved watching her make that web every night….but walking into any web is a nightmare to me too.

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