Recently I was stumbled upon the inner mechanics of my blogs and came across a tab named “statistics.” I tried it and found something called “page views.” And thereby discovered a ranking of my posts over the years. As an ex teacher I try to make my book review and nature blogs informative and even, shall we say, educational. I rarely take the low road to humor or entertainment values for their own sake. J Thus, it was a huge disappointment that by far (17,000) the most viewed post I ever wrote was the following. Sometime you have to wonder at the taste and values of the American Public…….
(July 23, 2010) I'd never seen them before but they are all around us this summer. They're called earwigs. Oops wrong picture.They're creeping crawly things, usually found, for example,hiding underneath Baron's water dish. They slither off at the slightest exposure and also try to sneak into the house.
They reportedly tunnel in thru the ears and nest in the brain. Take my word for it THIS IS A MYTH. They also DO NOT CARRY DISEASE.
With a rear mounted pincher they are scary to look at though. When I saw my first ones, my imagination got the best of me. Thinking they were babies, I recalled similar looking giant creatures in a movie, marauding through the streets of Japan & America, laying waste the countryside.
Size: "1"Shape: Long, narrow
Color: Dark brownLegs: 6
Wings: NoAntenna: Yes
Common Name: EarwigPhylum: Arthropoda
Species: Forficula auricularia
Earwigs feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects.Mrs T has proposed dousing the house foundation with a pesticide. Being the "Green" member of the family, I've resisted that idea. Earwigs. Harmless, cute little bugs aren't they?