Do you like bugs or are you scared of them? My son has an entire insect collection, but I must admit I am not as big a fan as he is. Some insects are scary, and this article from Orkin describes the scariest and deadliest bugs in the world. I thought it was fascinating to learn about some insects that I hope I never meet in person! The Goliath Bird Eating Spider sounds especially unpleasant to me. I was interested and glad to see that there aren't very many deadly bugs in North America, in fact the only one the article listed is the infamous Black Widow Spider.
Spiders are my least favorite bug. Luckily my son doesn't like them either, so there aren't any in his insect collection! Of course he would probably claim he doesn't have any spiders because they aren't biologically insects, but are actually arachnids, but I know it is really because he is scared of them!
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My most recent Bug Out moment occurred a few months ago. We had a huge spider in our basement, about 2 inches across. When saw it on the carpet I first thought it was a fake plastic spider from the Halloween decorations. Then a few seconds later I realized it was real, and I told my husband to take care of it, and headed right upstairs. My son was close behind me, and neither of us would go back down until it was gone. Good thing I married a guy who will take care of bugs for me!
Of course bugs are an important part of the ecosystem, and even the scary looking ones are important. That is why Orkin developed the Orkin Ecologist site, as an educational resource for both novice and experienced science lovers. You can use the site to to explore the science behind insects – and the vital role that insects have on our world, even scary and deadly ones.
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