Robbie’s Inspiration – Do you like insects? #insects #bookquotes

I am fascinated by insects and like to study them and take pictures of them. Lots of people don’t like insects, especially spiders.

Two years ago, I discovered a spider ball nest behind a wooden plank against the wall. I was very delighted by the spider ball and inspected it daily to see how the babies were getting on. I also kept it hidden from hubby who would have attacked it with the insect spray.

In due course, the hundreds of babies hatched and floated away on strings of web. A few found their way into my house and two took up residence in the bed. Hubby discovered these ones, and a few others creeping about and made short work of them. He was a little suspicious about how they came to be in the house, but that’s my secret [smile].

Later that same summer, I discovered another spider nest. Mom was lurking nearby, protecting her babies. I also hid this one [hides face in hands while shoulders shake with secret laughter].

When I was in KwaZulu Natal, I took pictures of a rather large and fascinating caterpillar.

“I think you’re wonderful,’ James told her. ‘Can I ask you one special question?’
‘Please do.’
‘Well, is it really true that I can tell how old a Ladybird is by counting her spots?’
‘Oh no, that’s just a children’s story,’ the Ladybird said. ‘We never change our spots. Some of us, of course, are born with more spots than others, but we never change them. The number of spots that a Ladybird has is simply a way of showing which branch of the family she belongs to.”
― Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

“But what about you, Miss Spider?’ asked James. ‘Aren’t you also much loved in the world?’
‘Alas, no,’ Miss Spider answered, sighing long and loud. ‘I am not loved at all. And yet I do nothing but good. All day long I catch flies and mosquitoes in my webs. I am a decent person.’
‘I know you are,’ said James.
‘It is very unfair the way we Spiders are treated,’ Miss Spider went on. ‘Why, only last week your own horrible Aunt Sponge flushed my poor dear father down the plug-hole in the bathtub.’
‘Oh, how awful!’ cried James.
‘I watched the whole thing from a corner up in the ceiling,’ Miss Spider murmured. ‘It was ghastly. We never saw him again.’ A large tear rolled down her cheek and fell with a splash on the floor.”
― Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

So tell me, have you ever hidden a spider’s nest from your partner and children? Let me know in the comments?

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71 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – Do you like insects? #insects #bookquotes

      1. I understand that , Robbie! We’re counting down by weeks – three weeks, before moving out of the house. I’m going by myself in eight days to spend Thanksgiving with Mercy’s family. The day after Thanksgiving, we’ll drive to Canada for my sister’s destination wedding. Then I’ll go with my other sister to Vancouver to spend a few days at her daughter’s house. I
        I’ll come back to California on November 30. Then my husband and I are taking one car (left one at his sister’s) and drive 1,000 miles to to Portland. We’ll rent an apartment while looking for a new home. I think I’ll do another update on my blog the next few days before getting on the road. ❤

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  1. I remember once seeing a moth that was completely white, and a cicada white eyes. And the first time I saw cicadas, my dad made me put one on my finger to prove they were harmless (this inspired a scene in Mystical Greenwood).

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  2. I loved this Robbie! And your pics are great! I’ve always enjoyed most spiders (not black widows) and usually rescue them if they are in the house (or leave them alone to feast on the occasional fly. I have to agree with Miss Spider–they are very helpful! I will admit I’m not a fan of ants or snails either.

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    1. Hi Terri, I agree that ants damage the structure of your house and snails eat all the plants. We spray a non-chemical environmentally spray to discourage these insects, and cockroaches, and it works. I try to avoid insect sprays that are environmentally damaging.

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  3. No, I have never hidden a spider’s nest, but I have enjoyed reading James and the Giant Peach to my children and probably my grandchildren. All generations love this special book. There may have even been a movie made of it, not sure.

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  4. I also find insects fascinating and can watch their activity for a long time. I find it amusing that the secret you keep from your husband is spiders. That’s not something you hear every day.

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    1. Hi Pete, he really doesn’t like spiders and kills the indiscriminately. If it’s a species I know, which the ones we get usually are, I prefer to put them outside in the garden. I’ve never seen a poisonous spider in our house or garden, but that would be different.

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    1. That is good to know, Geoff. Some people have an irrational fear of insects, especially spiders which get a bad rap. Slugs and snails eat the plants and we discourage them with an environmentally friendly spray. The fruit I’ve decided to leave to the birds.

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  5. I will kill wasps in the house, all houseflies, (filthy things) and also ants if they get into the kitchen. I leave spiders alone, but my wife will kill any she sees. I did find a spider ball nest on our hearting oil tank a few years ago. I left that alone as it was outside, and didn’t tell my wife. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Haha, Pete, you and I both have spider secrets. I also spray for ants and houseflies in the house. We use an environmentally friendly spray for this purpose. I am allergic to the bacteria carried by bees and wasps so we discourage them with the same spray. I don’t kill them though, if I can avoid it.

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  6. Four years ago, a spider bit my right thumb. Instantly, my hand started to turn black, up to my wrist, and movement was a problem for about two weeks. Second spider bite in our far northern UK village that week – but what was it ?
    Strangely, no more afraid of spiders since then, including the
    spiderlings that emerge from nest around our windows every spring. Best of all ? Woolly bear caterpillars…
    Worrying absence of bees, wasps and spiders this summer

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  7. I don’t mind spiders, although some of the big ones can give one a scare if they scuttle about when you are not expecting them. I’ve never hidden a spider’s next, but I had one living on the wing mirror of my car for quite a while. We travelled a fair bit together. I love the fragments you have shared. I agree, spiders’ negative reputation has little base in reality. Thanks, Robbie!

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    1. HI Olga, I stood on a rain spider in the dark in our passage one evening and it gave me such a fright. It made the most horrible crush under my bare feet. I do try and respect the rights of all living creatures to life.

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  8. I like butterflies and don’t mind moths or ants. But I admit I don’t smile at the spiderwebs and spider nests I come across! I marvel at your love of them and applaud you for treasuring all of the world’s creatures, dear Robbie

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  9. I don’t particularly care for insects, but they don’t bother me – except bees. On the other hand, I never want to harm any of them as they all have their place and jobs on our planet and deserve to live. 🙂 x

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  10. LOL! My youngest daughter will handle snakes but freaks out when she sees a spider the size of a pin head. To me, it’s like a skyscraper running away from a human, but I have strong aversion to snakes of any kind, so I guess I’m not one to talk. 🙂

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  11. I guess with no partner and kids, that’s a no.
    I used to be terrified of insects and many would meet their demise if they crossed my path. But now of recent I’ve tried to love them, apart from the disease carrying ones.

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