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.

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      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.

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  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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