How to Know When You’re Hooked on Photographing
Insects and Spiders and
Are No Longer Considered Normal by the Rest of
By Carol Davis
1. When someone says
“There’s a spider on you!” you still jump but then
you say “What color is it?”
2. People go to local gardens to
view the lovely flowers, you go to look at the
3. You tell your friends
to save their spider traps so you can check out the
4. All your friends and
relatives call you when they have an insect or
spider in their house and want to know what it
5. Luncheons with your
friends will eventually, albeit reluctantly, land on
your weird hobby and you can tell by their faces
they hope you don’t elaborate.
6. Bugs that used to
scare the crap out of you, now hold a strange
7. You feel like you’re
the only person in the world who thinks jumping
spiders are gorgeous (and you may be right).
8. The site of a new
insect or spider can elicit a feeling of wanting to
dance and so far you have limited yourself to a
9. Your roommate
yells that there’s a spider running across the room
and you hope you can get to your camera before he or
she smashes the little sucker flat.
10. You think that bees, wasps
and flies are some of the most beautiful creatures
11. When you take a close-up
shot of an insect or spider and show it to people
you can’t help but say, “Is that a cute face or
12. You step in fresh buffalo
dung while trying to take a picture of a dung beetle
and you wait to remove your foot and cuss until
after you finish the shot .
13. You check out spider webs
to see what kind of insects are in them.
14. You’re one of the few
people you know who can tell a paper wasp from a
15. You don’t brush away spider
webs around your house like normal people, you
16. You are taking a picture of
a spider shooting silk all over the place, including
all over you, and you think it’s cool.
17. Everyone says “if you’ve
seen one fly, you’ve seen them all.” You
check out all flies to see if you have a picture of
that particular species yet.
18. It took you a lifetime to
appreciate the beauty of beetles and now you can’t
get enough of them.
19. You look for insects and
spiders - even in the winter.
20. You can tell the difference
between a male or female spider and if you try to
explain the details of this cool fact to others,
their eyes glaze over and they become pale and
21. You can take pictures of
bees and wasps in a garden of flowers while they’re
buzzing around your head and not be afraid. (This
may change quickly, though, if you get stung.)
22. You can tell the difference
between a striped bee and a striped fly.
23. You think that moths are just as beautiful
24. You find a
cool insect in a spider web and are torn between
saving the insect or feeding the spider.
25. You're puzzled when you tell a person
there's a neat insect on their back and they won't
hold still for photos.
26. You see a jumping spider on the rack by
the checkout stand at PetSmart and ask if it's for
27. The more you look at an insect or spider,
the more intricate and interesting it seems to
become. Just like life!