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I've decided to not kill any more bees


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#16    mysticwerewolf

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:47 PM

Spiders on the other hand I can't stand, as long as they stay outside they stay safe, if they come indoors they get nuked.( tiny little mushroom clouds rising from all over the house)  I react to spiders physically the same way that some people react to bee stings. swell up and turn blue and green and purple. have problems breathing, etc.

Edited by mysticwerewolf, 27 May 2013 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:32 AM

Has everyone here read 'Leiningen Versus the Ants'?

...The Brazilian official threw up lean and lanky arms and clawed the air with wildly distended fingers. "Leiningen!" he shouted. "You're insane! They're not creatures you can fight--they're an elemental--an 'act of God!' Ten miles long, two miles wide--ants, nothing but ants! And every single one of them a fiend from hell; before you can spit three times they'll eat a full-grown buffalo to the bones. I tell you if you don't clear out at once there'll he nothing left of you but a skeleton picked as clean as your own plantation."

Leiningen grinned. "Act of God, my eye! Anyway, I'm not an old woman; I'rn not going to run for it just because an elemental's on the way. And don't think I'm the kind of fathead who tries to fend off lightning with his fists either. I use my intelligence, old man. With me, the brain isn't a second blindgut; I know what it's there for. When I began this model farm and plantation three years ago, I took into account all that could conceivably happen to it. And now I'm ready for anything and everything--including your ants."

The Brazilian rose heavily to his feet. "I've done my best," he gasped. "Your obstinacy endangers not only yourself, but the lives of your four hundred workers. You don't know these ants!"


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:58 AM

View Postpallidin, on 27 May 2013 - 03:36 AM, said:

Maybe I'm being too easy on wasps, those nasty, aggressive creatures. As opposed to bees.

Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol.

Indeed, this was a problem for Darwin too.

"I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars. -- Charles Darwin


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 01:58 AM

View Postredhen, on 28 May 2013 - 12:58 AM, said:


"I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars. -- Charles Darwin

Until you see the decimation that something like forest tent caterpillars can do, then you'll welcome our new wasp overlords! :)

Edit: + :)

Edited by Likely Guy, 28 May 2013 - 02:04 AM.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 02:10 AM

Me too I used to kill bees and spiders every chance I could get and I am allergic to bees and used to be very afraid of them but now they are my friends I love them and am not scared of them at all I wish I could pet them lol but oh well at least I can say "hi little bee" I like watching them fill thier little sacs with pollen I really thing flowers are sexual for them because it looks like they are humping them. Usually the go so fast you cant tell what theyre doing but last summer I got the chance to watch a slow bee and sure enoung he was making love to the flower! No joke

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:59 AM

View PostSpiritWriter, on 28 May 2013 - 02:10 AM, said:

...I really think flowers are sexual for them because it looks like they are humping them.

Yeah, they do that. But it's a insect/blossom/pollination thing.

That, and it's never really sexual if they don't make breakfast in the morning (well, except honey bees, they do that).


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:03 AM

View Postmysticwerewolf, on 27 May 2013 - 04:47 PM, said:

Spiders on the other hand I can't stand, as long as they stay outside they stay safe, if they come indoors they get nuked.( tiny little mushroom clouds rising from all over the house)  I react to spiders physically the same way that some people react to bee stings. swell up and turn blue and green and purple. have problems breathing, etc.
You react to spiders? To the sight of them, or are you claiming they bite you? Lol


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:54 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 28 May 2013 - 04:59 AM, said:



Yeah, they do that. But it's a insect/blossom/pollination thing.

That, and it's never really sexual if they don't make breakfast in the morning (well, except honey bees, they do that).

Thanks for correcting my spelling ;)

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:58 AM

Not sure why you killed them in the first place. Dont see the point in harming anything myself...


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:49 AM

I put spiders I find in my house outside.   If I ever found an interesting spider I might keep it as a pet otherwise I think they belong outside.  I throw them in the grass where at least they'll have a fighting chance.   They eat other bugs and I welcome them into my domain.  Throwing them in the neighbor's yard might satisfy those worried about allergies.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:45 PM

We don't see that many bees here except sometimes there'll be one hovering outside the kitchen window, but have never come in the house. Wasps on the other hand, we get plenty of those and have even had a nest or two around the house and garden. If a wasp comes in the house it's usually me that 'escorts' it out but I've never killed one and don't intend to.

I remember once a long time ago, my mother was hanging out washing and a wasp stung her on her wedding ring finger. She had to have her ring cut off because her finger swelled up so bad.

Funny too, I have no fear of either bees or wasps which can actually sting, yet I'll run a mile from a spider! I'm a real coward with spiders, my husband has to deal with those for me, he catches them in a glass and lets them go outside. I don't like them in the house at all.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:05 PM

I'm allergic to bee stings.  Why would I want to kill one, though?  They are brave little souls who do no harm and only sting to defend themselves or the hive.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:35 PM

yes I have been bitten by spiders at least three times in my life. and I didn't turn into spiderman because of it  but I did have to go to the ER and  get an injection of something to reduce the allergic reaction,  atropine I think it was the same stuff they use for BEE stings.


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:40 PM

View PostKazahel, on 27 May 2013 - 06:32 AM, said:

Can I ask, why did you ever consider a bee a pest in the first place?  Was it simply because they can sting?

Yes.
I know it's the wrong way to think about them, and I did finally "snap-out" of that thought.





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