Day 156 of Project 365: Bugging Out

FunkyPlaid alerted me to the presence of a weird foreign bug in the kitchen, and I let out a whoop of excitement. Aside from some tiny moths, I haven’t seen many bugs here, and I really like bugs.

This little guy was on the kitchen tile near our kettle. I think he was a weevil of some sort. I took his photo and then trapped him between a glass and an index card to release him outside.

Day 156 of Project 365: Bug

Do I have any bug identifiers who can confirm my guess? After some research, it looks like a black vine weevil to me.

If my level of excitement over a weevil is any indication, I need to leave the house tomorrow. Good thing I have a library book to pick up: Dan Simmons’ “Hyperion” is the May pick for the Sword and Laser book club. It has been recommended to me countless times, less than a week ago by Gingiber, and so I am going to go for it.

4 thoughts on “Day 156 of Project 365: Bugging Out

  1. When Dan Simmons is good, there are few writers working today who can touch him.  His “Ilium” and “Olympos” are remarkable, and “Drood” is a must-read for anyone who loves Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

    Some of his other stuff is, to be honest, kind of weak.  But when he’s good he’s great.


      1.  “Song of Kali” was … I don’t know, I have mixed feelings about it.  On the one hand it’s a great horror yarn, deeply disquieting, well-written, everything I want in a story.  On the other hand, I think it also contributes to a general misunderstanding of Hinduism.  This isn’t Simmons’ fault, of course, any more than it’s Steven Spielberg’s fault that people walked out of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” with a total misunderstanding of Hinduism.  Still, it displeased me a bit.

        “Carrion Comfort” was a huge read.  What, 800+ pages, something like that?  It’s not a novel, it’s an entire trilogy packed up in one omnibus volume.  Generally speaking I don’t like huge novels.  Twain, Dickens and Hawthorne didn’t need 800 pages to tell a gripping story.  Simmons oftentimes does, and that infuriates me.  But holy crap does he ever tell a gripping story.  “Carrion Comfort” is one of those books that left me acutely uncomfortable with my own humanity, and for that I’m grateful.

        I would say “Carrion Comfort” is the better of the two.

        One of the reasons why I like Simmons so much is the view of humanity that’s often shown in his works closely mirrors my own: that human nature is a violent and feral thing, that we are the demons we fear, we are the monsters that lurk in the darkness, we are what we are afraid of — but that we can choose to be more than this.


  2. After consulting my insect identification books (yes, I’m that much of a nerd), I agree with black vine weevil. Where’s a good weevil expert when you need one?!


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