Back Porch Sighting

A large insect alights near my toes, flexing his jaw and wiggling spindly legs.

 

Google, what is this bright green beetle?

It is a June Bug, says Google.

Would you like to know more?

Would you like to know if June Bugs are dangerous?

If June bugs bite?

If you can kill a June Bug?

I look up from my phone at bright green shell perched atop spider-thin legs, barely bigger than my pinky toe.

Here is a question for you, Google:

Why do insects make humans scream?

Why do we tiptoe close with tissues held gingerly in clenched palms?

Why do we pretend that June bugs are the overgrown monsters, the truly terrifying creatures on this earth?

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