Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Odd Bugs

There are many sights in France, historical places, interesting cultural events, good wine and lots of good food. Most who visits the country will experience these things and can pick what they favour for the moment.

Something most people won't notice is the insects. Of course there are flies, bees, wasps, spiders, butterflies and all those insects that we know from home. But when you live here you'll notice how the most strange bugs come to visit.

The first I noticed was the big spiders, and they can become very big compared to Danish eyes. Compared to Australian and American spiders they're small of course, but those I don't know first hand. I've been jumping around calling for aid when seeing the spiders. I'm scared to death of them and as soon as they're larger than a dime I hurry away. The largest I've seen had a body the size of a quarter, made even larger with its legs. Some run quickly over the floor and walls and even jump, while others are more peaceful and slow.

A while ago we had a visit from a big grasshopper. It's on the picture. The length of the body was at least the length of my thumb. It didnt' say much but crawled around on the ceiling for a couple of days before leaving again. Outside you can hear the crickets and grasshoppers sing at night. It is like visiting more southern parts of France and I love the sound of them. You can easily hear that there are several different species in the night.

We also had a strange red insect with white stripes visiting the apartment (see the picture). It just sat on the floor for days and didn't move much. I have no idea what it was. It was as long as the last joint on my thumb. There's also been other insects visiting. In spring a rove beetle crawled over the floor and my daughter and I examined and observed it. Big scary looking thing, almost like a scorpion from the looks of it (not size, but build). It's the first time I've seen a guy like that. Otherwise, as I mentioned, spiders in various sizes and shapes.

There hasn't been many ladybugs this year. But on the other hand we have a lot of a different type of insect which is red and black. The patterns are quite beautiful. They're found everywhere during summer. Another insect I don't know from home.

So next time you visit try and notice the small bugs which are usually ignored. They can be quite the experience too.

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