Thursday, January 27, 2011

a stinky situation

I hate to switch subjects. Really, I do. Especially when the transition is so awkward...from something so pleasant as sweet comments to bugs..stinky ones at that. But, it must be done 'cause we're facing an invasion.
brown marmorated stink bug
These little creepy crawlers, officially recognized as brown marmorated stink bugs, are making their way through our house. And based on what we've been reading, our home isn't the only one; they're staking claim all over the East Coast, seeking retreat from the cold winters in warm shelters. I can't say that I blame them, but nevertheless, will be very happy when spring comes and they take their smell outside.

11 comments:

Mira Eng-Goetz said...

this is yet another reason we should all be looking forward to the spring! last year a family of chimney swifts moved into my home and my cat went mental for the entire duration of their stay! i hope your dogs aren't too bothered by your creepy crawlers!

Sarah said...

Oh, they are so gross! At home in Virginia I would grab a towel to take a shower and 6 would fall out. They were in my clothes, under sheets, behind picture frames... oy. Apparently they were shipped in from Asia on plants by accident, and are slowly taking over. Their only natural enemies thus far appear to be our labradors, who like to snack on them. Go figure.

troy said...

not only are these stinky little things, they are
U G L Y. but leave it to you, suzanne, to take something so ugly and turn it into something quite beautiful! this little watercolor is just stunning!! love the layers of color.

btw ... i know i owe you an email. i suck.

Barbara Campbell Thomas said...

Good to know--I found one in our house yesterday, and did think it odd...

chamby1 said...

I agree with Troy. Love the watercolor of the stink bug!
I recognized it right away, beauty in all creatures.
We live in the far north, near Lake Ontario. We get them in the fall when it first gets cold then they must find warm places and we don't see them again till Spring when they head back out doors.

Annie Pazoo said...

Oh, they are horrible. We've had them in DC for several years and what a pain. Woke up one morning with one crawling on my face, brushed it away, and was rewarded with the stink. Geesh.

~Valentina~ said...

Gross! I'm happy they are not playing around here ;)

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Eeeeeeee!

I'm so glad I live in a cold damp grey old part of the world. No bugs want to come and live here.

LOVELY drawing though. And, why not get something lovely out of it?

Kasey Gentry said...

In the az heat we get very large cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions! It could be worse. Ugh!

wagonized said...

Your rendering is great! They are in our house too and their prehistoric look just grosses me out.
One of my friends told me they smelled like cilantro. I am not sure about that.
Yesterday, one of my Sophomores said one fell on her forehead during the night!!

Inger Carina said...

What a great idea to draw it really beautiful! I know this smelly bug, we have them in our summer house when we return after the winter. :D Now "he" is Art! That's better :)
/Inger Carina