I'm not at all sure why, but I just thought of something from my past that I still find extremely disturbing. I'm going to try to make an effort to share these types of things from now on.
One day, while living in Alaska, I spied a large* bumblebee lumbering towards me. I suppose that it would be more accurate to say I heard it lumbering towards me, as it was the sound which drew my attention to it, causing me to turn in the direction it was coming from.
I turned just in time to see it inches from my face; I screamed and attempted to jump backwards, but this was completely in vain. I felt the scrapety scrape-scrape of membraneous wings on my eyebrows a split second before the bumblebee slammed forcefully into my forehead.
My screaming backwards lunge resulted in me being sprawled out on the ground. To a passerby it would probably look as if I had just been shot in the head with a large, black and yellow, erratically travelling bullet. From my new ground-level vantage point, I got an excellent view of the dazed bumblebee lying inches from my face. It was completely covered in baby spiders, who were swarming (and presumedly attacking) as if their tiny little lives depended on it.
I'm not sure how the bumblebee (or the spiders) got into this situation, but that image will be forever burned into my brain -- despite the fact that the actual spider-covered bee didn't actually bore into it.
*: in Alaska, all the insects are gigantic. The state bird is actually the mosquito, if that gives you any idea.
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