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Claire’s damsel fly buddy.
It’s a really good thing we like bugs, especially around here. If we didn’t, we’d be in trouble.
A newly hatched jumping spider brood I discovered while painting the house.

At the tail end of college and for a few months until my full-time position started, I worked with all kinds of insects: aphids, stable flies, house flies, weevils, mosquitoes, worms, and the very, very worst, cockroaches.

A very feisty stick bug.
Even though some species still give me the creeps, a lot of them are really fascinating.
Can’t pick beans in the garden without coming across more than a few daddy long legs.

It seems to be rubbing off on the girls too.  They spend a good portion of their time outside collecting earthworms, pill bugs and beetles. Evelyn has even requested a pet fly. How could I say no?

Yes, that’s a pet fly in a jar.

Most of them are beneficial (even those mosquitoes–the males are excellent pollinators, even if the females are out for blood) so we leave them be.

There are TONS of daring jumping spiders crawling our walls.
Or should I say “bee”? Haha. Haha.
The bees are thriving! We’re expecting a good harvest of honey this year!

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