A: If, at birthday parties, the featured game is “pin-the-stinger-on-the-bee.”


your intrepid blogger, circa 1985

You may thank my mother for sending along this, um, interesting photo.


  1. #1 Tamara
    May 8, 2010

    If, as with #1 Son, three year old becomes inconsolable after “helpful” adult squashes a helpless spider in front of him.

    Again with the spiders, #2 Daughter is known to exclaim to other, much less impressed four year old girls, “Oooooh, a spiiiider. Isn’t she byooooootiful?” Though cephalopods are really her favorites.

  2. #2 M
    May 8, 2010

    I am happy to see that you turned out to become a “normal” person 🙂 …I once baked a Dung Beetle Cake for my son’s birthday party.

  3. #3 DragonflyWoman
    May 8, 2010

    I am so happy to see another entomologist with a photo like this! My mom sent me a photo a few years back of me and my sister (who no longer likes bugs) playing with Cotinus mutabilis, also in 1985. We used to tie strings to their legs and have them fly in circles around our heads all summer. We’re dressed in tutus and gellies, what we considered high fashion at the time, as we play with our beetles in the photo – an interesting juxtaposition of girlie girl and tomboy!

    Love the photo!

  4. #4 Philip IV
    May 9, 2010

    Top 5 reasons to know your kid is a bug nerd:

    5. All of their Pokémon are insect types, and they have named their Scythor “Pikachu”.

    4. They organize sit-ins in front of your neighbour’s house to protest their ant traps. All the ant traps in your house are blocked off by little fences made of toothpicks.

    3. They have a subscription to “Boy’s Live” magazine – but only because they confused it with the movie “A Bug’s live”.

    2. They call Yu-Gi-Oh “that show about Weevil Underwood”.

    And the No. 1 reason to know that your kid is a bug nerd:

    1. You tell what, precisely, honey actually is, and that makes them like it more.

  5. #5 James C. Trager
    May 9, 2010

    The neighbors begin referring to you as the “bug-omologist” shortly after your 5th birthday.

  6. #6 Joshua King
    May 10, 2010

    Did you grow up in Maine? I believe it was standard issue for young boys growing up in Maine (I had at least three of them at that age).

  7. #7 Alex Wild
    May 10, 2010

    Josh- Upstate New York. With a week in Maine every summer. But this one was NY. Incidentally, this shot was taken at a site that is positively drowning in Amblyopone.

  8. #8 Joshua King
    May 10, 2010

    Oh yeah? Where (you can email me if you’d rather not have it public)? I’m looking for good sites in the upstate NY, CT, MA region for the coming years.

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