CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 13, 2013

shoo Lowly Mosquito! Get outta here!

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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SHOO LOWLY MOSQUITO! GET OUTTA HERE!

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SWAT!

I yelling so loud that if my neighbors were home they would have evicted me from the community.

This normally calm, cool, collected, eclectic, friendly woman, me, was waving her arms, glaring, and shouting venom at….

A MOSQUITO!

Such a small creature. How could it rile me up so?

After a couple of hours of de-brushing our overgrown scrubbrush and being attacked by a zillion tiny black bugs my patience had waned. And now this pesky mosquito was after me.

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I must wonder if the mosquito is after me because she’ was hungry for blood or she was jealous that I can enjoy my favorite meals on occasion, or at least when I’m not too lazy to prepare them.

Why is she jealous? the blood intake (she cherishes) to provide egg nourishment, which we all associate with female mosquitoes, “is actually something that the vast majority of female mosquitoes will never enjoy.” Only a few species are able to feed on human blood, and many of those that do are able to turn readily to birds and mammals.*

This ever persistent creature is deemed unwanted, (more…)

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BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

Eight years after purchasing our retirement home, and five years after moving in full time, I finally am doing some very belated “landscaping” work.

Lest you consider us slothful, we had done some outside work in previous years—two years ago my husband, Monte, and son, Nolan, removed big rocks in our woods, then  made a path between (more…)

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