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If an insect is small enough I'm not afraid of it. Is this weird?

Asked by YARNLADY (41656points) April 25th, 2009

I’m usually terrified of spiders and bees, but I just saw a little bitty one of each today, and they didn’t frighten me. I could hardly believe it.

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Bluefreedom's avatar

It doesn’t seem weird to me. It just appears that your arachnophobia dissipates in conjunction with the size of the creatures involved.

El_Cadejo's avatar

stay away from clocks :P

Blondesjon's avatar

@uberbatmandon’t you mean waterspouts?

YARNLADY's avatar

@uberbatman I am so glad I am into my second glass of wine before I clicked on that link ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

El_Cadejo's avatar

@YARNLADY sorry i should have given more warning.

MacBean's avatar

It’s funny that you asked this when you did. I was just thinking about this topic earlier today, trying to figure out why very tiny insects don’t bother me. After a lot of consideration, I realized that what actually scares me about many-legged things is the way they move and how alien they look. If they’re small enough, you can’t really see how bizarre they look, so they’re not so scary. And as long as there’s only one, they’re easy to kill or get away from. In large numbers, they still scare the bejeezus out of me, no matter how little they are.

Blondesjon's avatar

@uberbatman…My bad. I thought we were going here.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Blondesjon oh duh. That would be the more obvious reference wouldnt it :P

Blondesjon's avatar

my bad…peace

YARNLADY's avatar

@Blondesjon Oh, no, you’re not going to get me to click on anymore links!

Blondesjon's avatar

@YARNLADY…How brave are you?

c’mon…you’re fortified with a little wine. don’t be frightened..

YARNLADY's avatar

@Blondesjon Awwww, that’s so sweet. Let me tell you a true story about the day a spider jumped out at me from a Yahoo advertisment on my e-mail and almost gave me a heart attack. After I survived (just barely) I wrote to Yahoo and told them what happened, and the ad was removed from the site, never (thank the powers that be)to be seen again.

It was an animated spider that gave the appearance of jumping out of the screen. I clicked on my e-mail, as usual and passed out on the floor when it jumped out at me.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

He he maybe the small ones are easier to stomp if they come after you (not that I think you should!) because their little short legs can’t run as fast!

augustlan's avatar

I think it’s the ‘cute’ factor. Even baby alligators look cute!

spendiff's avatar

Yeah, but when they keep getting smaller they become scary again. Anything that I think could crawl into my ear and set up home without me noticing, freaks me out.

MissAusten's avatar

Insects don’t bother me at all. If I know they can’t sting or bite, I’ll pick them up. Worms, snakes, frogs—anything. Searching for interesting critters is how my kids and I spend most of our time outside.

Spiders though…ugh. I get nauseus around spiders. They are horrible. I know they’re pretty much harmless, but they bother me so much I can’t even squash them—unless they’re tiny. If it’s a really small spider I can calmly walk away or even whack it with my shoe. Otherwise, I get my husband or my fearless 5 year old to deal with it for me.

@spendiff I woke up in the middle of the night once because of a strange noise in my ear. Couldn’t feel anything, but I kept hearing this noise, kind of like having water in your ear after you go swimming. I got up, found a Q-tip in the bathroom, and dug around for a bit because I couldn’t think of anything else to do. When I looked at the Q-tip, there was an ant on it. It must have been walking around on my eardrum.

Blondesjon's avatar

@augustlan…I’m still on the fence about that.

MacBean's avatar

@Blondesjon—How is that not totally adorable!? Even grown gators are cute, IMO.

Blondesjon's avatar

@MacBean… Interesting. How about a baby octopus?

MacBean's avatar

@Blondesjon I am torn between “D’awww” and “Oh my God, that poor baby…”

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