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Re: Soft-Shelled Cicadas

Truthfully does not turn me on, either, Eva and I'm not freaked by
bugs; find them quite interesting, actually.  You need to read Eric
Grissell's book, "Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden
Ecology"...seriously.  Would give you a whole 'nother perspective on
critters with more than 4 legs.  They are with us to stay.  

Rather, I ought to say WE are with them, since they out number us
vastly.  And, you'd be a lot happier in the garden if you could get
past the freak out stage:-)  You may never love them, but if you
understand them, they are not so frightening.  

Many of them are incredible masterpieces of design...look on them as
"modern" art:-)   Some of the scarab beetles look just like jewelry;
the ancient Egyptians admired them; incorporated them in their art.  

But, before you get past the EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW!!  stage, you will be
doubly freaked to find out that there is a whole world of people who
buy and sell scarab beetles and other insects just because they are
so neat looking and fascinating...numerous web sites devoted to this

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: EvaTEsq@aol.com
> > There was a guy, an entomologist, who had a seminar at Epcot one
year at the 
> International Flower & Garden Festival and he was very serious
about eating 
> insects as food.  Yuck!  He was passing mealy worms (?) or
something similar 
> around the room & asking the audience to eat it.
> Yuck!  I just can't do it -- the thought gives me mental trauma! 
> Seriously, bugs freak me out & I think that I will not be leaving
the house 
> this summer if we get the invasion they say we're going to get.
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
> "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
> Me
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