Blister Beetles – Did you know Texas has 120 varieties of a horrible little bug called a blister beetle? We see them everywhere and only recently learned what they are. One of the girls found one in her bra last week. Right now my 22 month old nephew has blisters all over his arm, blisters that look just like a severe burn but are the painless result of being spit on by a blister beetle. We discovered the same blisters on Becca’s shoulder years ago but didn’t know at the time what had caused them.
Rat Tailed Maggots – We found some of these last year, and again today. Ugh. The name falls short of the true horror of the thing.
Hairballs of Daddy Longlegs – We saw precious few of these during the 2 year drought, but they’re back. I hope I don’t have flashbacks. The video in the link? It’s not mine, and it’s only a very small and sluggish group of daddy longlegs. It doesn’t begin to capture the horror of reality. In the storage space under the house we often have groups the size of a soccer ball with many hundreds of occupants.
Scorpions – Hardly newsworthy here in Texas, but Kaitlyn found the cutest li’l baby scorpion in her shirt the other day. It was even cuter after she squished it with a rocking horse.
Centipedes – No, you’ve never seen centipedes like these. Over a foot long with bodies as thick as your finger. We also have matching milipedes, though they’re not so scary with their teensy little legs.
Lichen Orb Weaver – Lydia found one of these in web that was 5 feet wide and high. It had a body nearly the size of a golf ball. It was so fat that when it fell over, it couldn’t right itself. She decided not to hold it.
Cone-nosed Bloodsuckers – We used to lightheartedly call these “cowboy bugs” because they walk with a swagger and look like they’re wearing spurs. Now we know that they can inflict a painful bite, and are generally full of blood (whose blood?!) when we smash them.