Funeral for a Stick Bug

When you look at a pond, you might see the pond, or you might see the sky reflected in the pond. When you look at an insect, you might see astonishing beauty, machine-like precision, and superhuman strength, or you might see reflected cultural interpretations: Threat. Pest. Invader. Germ. Defoliator. Parasite. 

Relatively abundant and widespread, insects provide some of our first interactions with wild living beings. They are mostly harmless, containable, and amusing. We have innate curiosity about insects, but it often gets stomped out of us as we grow up. The bug-collecting hobby falls by the wayside, and…

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