Don't be Afraid of Insects
You could hear her screams from three rooms away. I descended the stairs three at a time and bolted into the kitchen to see what the problem was.
“What’s wrong?" I barked, almost out of breath. My heart pounded and adrenaline raced through my veins like liquid smack.
“It ran somewhere under there", she panted back at us pointing below the kitchen sink.
“What was it?" I blurted out, assuming attack position.
Obviously woozy and near to fainting, she managed to stutter, “I don’t know".
Orlando had just entered the room, attracted by the commotion. He and I just looked at each other, mystified. Down on our knees now, we peeked into the darkened space under the kitchen sink and cabinet. There “it" was, moving slowly, almost un-hurriedly. It was a spider. Not even a particularly big one at that, although obviously more than big enough to get her hormones to pumping.
According to entomologists, there are in excess of 800,000 known insect species world wide. Doubtless you’ve seen your fair share of the critters yourself. They are the largest class of animals in the world, outnumbering all other types of animals put together.
Insects in general are easy enough to identify. Their general characteristics are that they:
- Have a body with three body segments; a head, a thorax and an abdomen
- Have an exo-skeleton (a hard outer shell instead of bones inside)
- Often have two extended antennae
- are omnivorous, that is, consume both plant and animal matter