A Blathering Confession

I must make the following confession, despite the consequences. The following insect was found in my bathroom. And, no, I did not make the discovery myself. Professors aren’t meant to discover insects—it’s not in the job description.

Русский: Нимфа, Хищнеца Грязного. Сверху виден...

Русский: Нимфа, Хищнеца Грязного. Сверху виден слой пыли. Нимфа себя им специально покрывает, для маскировки. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon careful inspection, assessment, and examination (the internet helped) I found that the insect is called a Masked Hunter. Now if that doesn’t give you the creeps, I don’t know what will. As I continued to read, it got better.

The Masked Hunter is a predatory bug. It pierces its dinner with sucking mouthparts. Apparently, the Masked Hunter also delivers a painful bite (similar in sensation to a bee sting) if handled or threatened. I’m glad to say that the bug was removed before I had a chance to get myself bit.

I read on, somewhat nervously.

Masked Hunters prey on bed bugs. At this point, I was thinking, “Ahh, good. That’s one pest I won’t have to worry about!” But the post I was reading soon made it quite clear that if there are many Masked Hunters, a numerous food supply exists: bed bugs. I believe at this point I broke out into a cold sweat.

Nonetheless, I read on—dauntless.

Luckily for my health, it turned out that a ‘few’ Masked Hunters are quite common in a home. So, I concluded that until I find around 100 Masked Hunters (a safe number, in my estimation) my home is just fine—no bed bugs, that is. Of course, it was quite a chilling experience.

The above picture is a nymph Masked Hunter. Below is an adult:

Masked hunter

Masked hunter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, they’re ugly.

As usual on Blatherings, Bartimaeus sends his greetings—this time from Mount Everest. It’s quite hard spotting him in the photo, but he’s there—look closely!



7 Responses to “A Blathering Confession”

  1. 1 Ajaytao2010 June 10, 2013 at 18:26

    Nice reading about you

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    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 11, 2013 at 16:52


      • 3 Ajaytao2010 June 11, 2013 at 17:30

        thank you

  2. 4 Jacqui Murray June 6, 2013 at 01:15

    I like to live and let live, but he might be the exception.

    • 5 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2013 at 13:53

      Certainly he’s the exception! The beast bites–terribly! Besides, he hasn’t rented a room in my hotel!!!

  3. 6 weggieboy June 5, 2013 at 15:34

    If I saw one, I’d step on it! Though I believe in the principle of “all life is sacred”, some critters elict this atavistic response to kill! Ticks, leeches, anything with sucking mouthparts must stay away from my foot. Not proud to confess this, just saying.

    • 7 Professor VJ Duke June 5, 2013 at 19:35

      I quite agree!! Kill on sight!

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