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I have an irrational fear: stinging insects. Had it since childhood, probably since the first time I was stung by a hornet. Hornets, wasps, pretty much any stinging insect puts me into a complete panic.

I'm a lot better than I used to be: now if I find such a creature in my vehicle while driving, I calmly roll down the window and let it get outside.

But this freaks me out:
Asian giant hornet

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g33kgoddess
Aug. 3rd, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
For me it's spiders. And I, too, have become a lot better over the years. Even a tiny spider use to completely freak me out. Now I can actually squish one with relative calm.

Bigger spiders (which to me is anything over 1 cm) are ok OUTSIDE... where they belong. But in my house or *shudder* in my car - especially in my car - are still cause for alarm.

I know it's a childhood thing. The building I grew up in (I say "building" because I lived in an apartment above a coin-op laundromat my parents ran) had an infestation of spiders in the basement that would crawl up the forced air heating ducts. Big hairy spiders. I had more than one "Little Miss Muffet" moments as a child until my parents could afford an exterminator.
magicmarmot
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not particularly happy with spiders, but they don't give me that panic feeling that bee-ish things do.
avindair
Aug. 3rd, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's not an insect; that's a miniature biological assault vehicle.

Seriously, GAAAAH!
magicmarmot
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow-- engineered bugs. Think of the warfare possibilities of giant wasps engineered to attack enemies with traces of explosive residue on them.
lexinatrix
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. That bug is beautiful, but I don't know that I'd want it on my hand.

I get squicked* by bugs with lots of legs that move faster than me. Not spiders, but more like centipede-sorta bugs.

The key is the fast moving part. If they just creep along, they don't bother me, but if they dart about I'm squicked.

*squick != phobic, just grossed out or slightly jumpy but not enough to paralyze or traumatize.
magicmarmot
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty squicky about bugs in the house, but it's also tempered by an engineering fascination-- like if I wanted to make a giant centipede, how would I do it?
eldogo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
I've got big problems with bees and wasps too. It's exacerbated by having had the worst luck with bees when I was a kid. I kept getting stung in the dumbest situations. One of the reasons I don't like to go barefoot, even inside houses, is that I'm afraid of stepping on a bee.

I haven't had the nerve to click on the link yet.
magicmarmot
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
It gives me a real case of the creepy-crawlies just to look at it.
molasses
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I love bugs, that thing included.
in SE Asia, however, even I was ascared. there was a massive cockroach-ish thing on the wall of a place we stayed. there was a staff there and I asked if he could move it for us but he FISTED it into a pulp and I felt aqueeze.

in malaysia there were huge black flying things that burrowed into the sand...right beside you...where you were laying...

I didn't like it.
magicmarmot
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
I think I get freaked out the most when they start talking to you in that weird accent. I always think I'm having a flashback or something.
molasses
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
well, that's it exactly.
I knew 3rd hand of a person in Japan who worked as an exterminator. He also liked mushrooms and once, on a heavy dose trip, saw HUGE giant ants in front of him asking him why he killed them and asking him to stop.

but
he didn't. he went back to work on Monday and I think dude REALLY missed the call on that one.
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