Yeech!! It’s stink bug time up at the hawk watch again.
There are three bug infestations that have to be endured during the hawk watching season
The first is the flying ants that come in September. As they mate, they form into drifting clouds that can move up the side of the ridge and envelope you without warning. It feels like you’re suffocating if you find yourself in one of these clouds. It feels that way for good reason, because the bugs are so think around you that you’re afraid to allow yourself to take a breath of air.
Now we are in stink bug season. I’m told that they aren’t the true stink bug but rather a look-alike called a shield bug. Apparently the shield bug is the same as a stink bug but without the …. errr… stink. All I know is that disgusting by any other name is still disgusting.
Today the stink/shield bugs got into everything. I was none too happy to have them landing on me all day, but I dealt with it. I was none too happy when I found my backpack covered with them when it was time to leave. I REALLY was none too happy when I found that dozens had gotten inside of the pack and were hiding in each little compartment and crevice. I was SERIOUSLY none too happy when I came to the realization that the only way to get them out of those little compartments and crevices was to scoop them out with my bare hand. I am equally unhappy to have arrived home only to realize that there is a compartment in my backpack that I forgot to check while at the hawk watch. As I write this, I’m a little afraid to open my backpack. I think I’ll just let it sit there awhile. No need to rush into this sort of thing, you know.
The third infestation is yet to come. Shortly we will be visited by swarms of Asian beetles, or Japanese ladybugs. They look like a normal ladybug, but these little stinkers bite. I can hardly wait.
What can I say? No need to complain. It’s all part of the autumn hawk watching experience at Wildcat Ridge.