Good Bug/Bad Bug
So here’s how this newsletter’s bug representative came into play–
In a hurry to finish the newsletter and with no bug coming to mind, Spouse of Farmer Tom scrambled outside on a mission–the first bug seen will be this issue’s specialty. Sorry, folks, it just happened to be a fly in case you can’t quite recognize the insect pictured below.
(not one of my better shots, I confess)
The House Fly
This small fly was sunbathing briefly on The Veggie Stand’s door just eager (and available) for a photo session.
* Some facts about House Flies:
— They live an average of 21 days and take on various shapes throughout their short lives;
— A female can lay up to 600 eggs in her short lifetime;
— They can see almost 360 ° at once;
— They have claws and pads on their feet to enable them to cling to smooth surfaces;
— Their mouths absorb food like a sponge;
— Flies have inspired the design of miniature flying robots.
Although these insects have a certain amount of purpose such as food sources for various critters and ridding us of decaying matter, they have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs. They hang out in the filthiest places and that’s the reason many years ago I indicated to a friend “If I were a fly, I would have to wear boots!” Since I cannot locate the sketch she created of me as a fly wearing boots (and I really searched my files; it’s a great sketch), I’ll leave that to your imagination.
* Facts taken from on-line “Pest World for Kids”