Mama Diaries

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Glass House

The other day, as I was cleaning the counter in my kitchen, I noticed an over-turned glass bowl sitting on it. I wondered why in the world it was flipped upside-down. It didn't take me long to figure it out. Under the bowl, was the ugliest looking bug you've ever seen.

Here's what it looked like: 

It was walking around. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it was very much alive.

I knew my boy had something to do with it.

"Bubba," I called. "Why is there an insect under the bowl on the counter?"

He meandered in. "It looked scary, so I figured I should trap it so nobody would get hurt."

Good thinking.

"So, Bubba. Now that you have it trapped on our counter, what are you going to do with it?"

He shrugged. Apparently, this was Mama's department. I figured we should investigate and see exactly what kind of threat this thing posed.

Our investigation determined that this was a robber fly. A very fierce insect that kills wasps and bees. Definitely not a force to be reckoned with. I decided that a can of Raid insect killer would be the best option. Bubba lifted the glass house, and I sprayed the robber fly. A few minutes later, it was dead.

"Guess it's not safe to live in a glass house," said Bubba.

"Yep, not safe at all," I said.

Prologue:  It is also not safe to scoop up a robber fly in a napkin. Even dead ones. That bastard somehow managed to sting me as its pointy stingy thing pierced the napkin. My pinky finger was numb from it. Guess the robber fly got it's revenge!



Before I go, since there were some requests to hear more of my playing from the recital, I've posted another video. (Again, you can only hear me. Sorry.) If you'd like to listen, here it is:

   
 

40 comments:

  1. That's some potent poison.
    I'll admit - I would've released him. Unless it's a roach, and, or regular fly, I catch and release.

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    1. I normally release, too. But I couldn't figure out how to safely get that thing from under the glass, off the counter, and outside.

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  2. I'm afraid of ordinary spiders let alone that thing you encountered.
    Loved the music Sherry.

    Yvonne.

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  3. the poor bastard did not see it coming!
    Happy B=day once again!

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  4. Got the last laugh on you. I would have tried to release it, but yeah, left with little options.

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    1. Yep. I bet it would have been pleased to know it inflicted pain after its demise.

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  5. I'd have slipped something underneath the class and carried the whole thing outside. I've caught and released more bugs (mostly spiders) that way. Sorry it got you.

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    1. It was a big bowl. Trying to find something to slip under to release it would have been a challenge.

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  6. Hi, Sherry!

    It's a good thing that monster fly didn't bite any of you (or Shultz) while it was still alive. It couldn't have been good for you to get your finger stuck by his stinger coated as it was with poisonous Raid. I hope your pinky is okay so that you can go on playing the violin.

    This was another beautiful piece of music. As I listened I gazed at your picture and imagined you in motion. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. I wasn't pleased about a Raid cover stinger thing getting me! It doesn't seem to be causing me any further problems, though.

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  7. Eek! Stung, huh? That sucks. Nope, definitely not safe to live in a glass house.

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    1. For some reason, when I get stung, it's always on my fingers.

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  8. It's fun seeing a robber fly, but not fun getting stung. I remember getting lots of pictures of one several years ago.

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    1. We have a lot of them here in Georgia.

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  9. Yikes! I'm never living in a glass house, or any house with flies like that!

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  10. That's quite some incident and it would freak me for sure.

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    1. I definitely don't want any more robber flies in my house!

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  11. Yipes, I've never heard of a robber fly. So sorry he got his revenge on you, but glad no one else will suffer from his sting.

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  12. We don't need anything else killing bees. Good work. You need the purple heart award for your injury during battle. ;)

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  13. I've never heard of a robber fly. They must be very tough.

    Love,
    Janie

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  14. Oh, no. You got stung by a dead bug? By the way, I also have never heard of a robber fly.

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    1. That would only happen to me. I didn't know the proper name of them until we looked it up. There are a lot of them in Georgia.

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  15. I hope your pinky finger is alright? I have never heard of a robber fly!! I wonder if we have them? Please take care! Big Hugs and thanks for the music!

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    1. My finger is fine. I would have been very upset if it had caused permanent damage!

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  16. I learned something quite new to me here today. Thanks for the heads up on that fly. And thanks for the musical treat this morning.

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    1. You're welcome for the music. I didn't know a fly could be tougher than a wasp!

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  17. You actually have flies there that are aggressive and can sting you? That are tougher than wasps? Wow, no thanks!

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    1. Yep. We have some nasty bugs here in Georgia!

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  18. I love how calm both Bubba and especially you were. For anything that takes on a wasp (and wins) I'd want more than a paper napkin between me and it even if it was dead.

    Wow! Wonderful playing. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I thought the paper napkin, folded in two, would be fine. Obviously it wasn't!

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  19. Revenge from beyond the grave! I wouldn't mind something that kills wasps, but if it's got a sting of its own, it kind of negates the benefit.

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    1. Exactly. This thing was bigger than a wasp. More like a dragonfly.

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  20. I haven't ever seen one of these before. Sounds like the robber fly does some good. I wonder if they typically sting humans?
    ~Jess

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    1. I don't know. But I definitely don't want to be stung by one again!

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