Super sad true bug story

Early in the morn on the first day of finals week, I found a cricket skittering across my hardwood floor. I was happy to see it, not only because I was an insectophile who’d spent many a cold autumn day without seeing a single bug, but because a cricket was a sign of luck.

I caught the little black insect and placed it in an open box under my bed. Smiling to myself, I went off to the Union building for some breakfast (and a handful of berries for the cricket). But while I was gone, the cricket took a bite of an orange peel I’d neglected to remove from the box, became paralyzed, and died, just as I returned to my room.

I hope this is not an omen.



  1. This is really sad, J.T.!
    Though it sounds like a good intro to a kafkaesque kind of story. “As I awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, I found myself on a hardfood floor. Then someone caught me (jeez!), and then I died. End of story.”

    Liked by 2 people

    • Apparently, orange peels contain a lot of a substance called limonene, which is a common ingredient in pesticides. Limonene affects insects on contact, effectively suffocating them by damaging their respiratory systems.


Join the discussion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.