They are just thirsty and want to do bee stuff
No judgement here I just want people to vibe with bugs so I think this is a very nice story
The same advice I give to anyone who is afraid of any kind of bug! Educate yourself about them and then look at photos and videos to desensitize yourself to how they look and move. Also there’s a myth about them (and harvestmen) that they have very potent/dangerous venom which is super not true. Their venom is very weak and they don’t wanna bite you anyway.
Since you said you don’t mind other arachnids I’ll assume you won’t mind this close-up of a cellar spider face because LOOK HOW CUTE
Photo: Public Domain
This…is such a good message. Thank you so much this actually made me emotional I’m so glad you so quickly got to the point that you can let a friend live in your house now! This made my day thank you again
I used to be the same way! I think it’s less scary when you can see all of what’s going on on their body and also they can’t scurry away and hide very easily. For me there was always a happy medium between small enough to be creepy, big enough not to be scary, and then Too Big Yikes
I have a bug fear tag with answers to similar questions, and I’ll direct you to this post in particular. Basically education and exposure! And for spiders in particular, try to find ones that don’t freak you out quite as much start there with looking at photos of those. For a lot of people, that’s jumping spiders, since they are very adorable. Educating myself about them helped me in particular - the vast majority of them are not dangerous and they’re quite interesting! Wolf spider mothers, for example, care for their babies for some time after they hatch. And there’s a species of spider that’s entirely vegetarian! Cool.
This message was a wild ride thank you so much for sending it. And heck yeah I love cicadas!
I’m so glad you’re working on appreciating them! They are pretty neat
That’s adorable! I’m glad he made an effort to get over his fear. Honestly it really does help being around people who aren’t afraid. And looking at pictures and watching videos is so helpful as well.
I’m so glad too! Life is more enjoyable when there are tiny friends everywhere. Hope you find some good lil jumpers.
How unfortunate! Glad you enjoyed while you could. Hope to see you back if and when you’re ready to embrace bugs again. :)
BAD CRAB. This is very cute. We don’t want to give them a complex by calling them bad, though. How about danger crab? :)
Pretty much the same advice as getting over fear of other bugs, just education and exposure! It’s not unreasonable to be afraid since they can sting. Scorpions in general, though, don’t want anything to do with you. They’re not going to randomly attack you. In fact, living in Arizona, where there are more than 40 species, I rarely ever see them. Once in a while they can get into houses but again, they aren’t going to hurt you unless maybe you jam your foot into a shoe that happens to have a scorpion hiding inside of it. If you’re outside, they like to hide under rocks and logs and in wood piles during the day, so just look before putting your hand anywhere like that.
Scorpion stings are painful, but there’s only one species in the US that’s considered potentially very dangerous to humans - the Arizona bark scorpion - and even then, a healthy adult would likely survive a sting just fine. Only young children, elderly people, and adults with compromised immune systems may have an issue. In Australia, none of the species are considered deadly to humans.
If you have trouble even looking at them, I’d say try what I always recommend, looking at photos and videos online!
I have a bug fear tag where I answer questions about this a lot. Short answer is education and exposure - learn about them, watch pics and videos, and eventually work up to being near them in real life. Start with the ones you absolutely know can’t harm you and it would probably also help to start with ones that won’t jump or fly at you suddenly. Some zoos have bug exhibits which might help you safely view them! Or google local entomology shows/meet ups, you can often see and interact with bugs at those. Or even a pet store! They have crickets and mealworms you can view through glass and sometimes tarantulas and other cool bug pets. :)
It’s completely understandable to be afraid of bees, their stings hurt! And can potentially be life-threatening if you’re allergic like I am. So it’s okay to admire them from afar. :)
Reading about them is very helpful! Learn some fun spider facts. That sometimes helps your brain realize 99% of them aren’t gonna hurt you in any way so there’s nothing to be afraid of. Watching youtube videos of them also is helpful I’ve found. Start with jumping spiders if the other ones give you too many willies!
Some cute spider (and arachnid) facts:
-Wolf spider mothers care for their young for several weeks!
-There’s a species called Bagheera kiplingi that is mostly herbivorous.
-The bugs people often call daddy longlegs are not spiders but harvestmen! They aren’t harmful and don’t even have venom glands.
-Baby spiders are called spiderlings.
-All spiders produce silk! Not all spin webs. Some spiders produce up to seven different kinds of silks, all for different purposes!
-Some spiders eat their own webs before making a new one to recycle the amino acids. Thrifty!
-In some species of jumping spider, males perform elaborate courtship dances to impress females. Please look up videos of this, it is absolutely adorable.
Hello, this is me at 1:45am FREAKING OUT because of this monster.
I cried for a solid ten minutes before and after killing it and I refused to move my foot for another 5mins.
A small bug: *crawls*
Me: You’re about to catch these hands bitch