It’s that time o’ year again. When the weather becomes mild, the kitty loves her quality porch time, but she refuses to have it with the door closed. So we stick a stick of the proper length in the sliding door track, and leave a kitty-sized opening for her to exploit. Alas, kitty-sized openings are also large enough for insects of all sorts to exploit, and the only thing that keeps us from being overrun by every creepy-crawly in the city is the fact we live on the third floor. We host mostly flying fellows. And crane flies are among the first to arrive.
Mind, I lost my shit when I saw one for the first time: it looked like the largest mosquito in creation to me, and I’m not companionable with mosquitoes. Then I discovered they’re perfectly harmless. And they’re generally quite polite. The like to hang about on a wall for a few days until they pop off. They cause no trouble, and since I’m not responsible for keeping the lawn green and lovely, and have no concerns over the quality of cricket pitches, I don’t consider them pests. After a bit, I even began to notice their beauty.
Let one of them hang about on the vent hood above the stove and show you.
See the light shining through its transparent wings, the patterns of its veins traced out splendidly? Just do ignore that grim-looking stuff on the end of its body – harmless to humans, that. I’m pretty sure it’s just its junk.
Have a look at the light through its body:
I can tell you now from experience, it’s much more fun watching a crane fly hang out on your stove’s vent hood and be all pretty in the back lighting than it is to merely wait for your water to boil. My little cooking companion stuck round until the steam reached its haven, then it went off elsewhere. Happily for it, the kitty is far too elderly to care about chasing bugs anymore (and she never plumped for that source of protein anyway). I’m not sure if it spent its short earthly span indoors, or if it made its way outside again, but hopefully it was the arthropod version of content throughout.
Who are your favorite critters to share your abode with? Any creepy-crawlies that don’t creep you out?