5 Best Free Family Games & Top 5 Group Board Games

So family and friends will be visiting this week, and meal time is pretty easy, but what to do with the rest of the time you will be together? Instead of turning on the tube this holiday season why not try some good’ole fashioned party games? Sure there are your traditional board games like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan as of recent years. But not everybody is into throwing dice in a competitive battle of pure luck. From a board game fanatic, here are a few games that pretty much anyone can enjoy. This is the pest control guy’s list of Top 10 Games to play with your Holiday group this year.

The 5 Best Free Family Friendly Games This Season

#1 – What Were You Thinking?

This game was sold as a box game at one time and you might be able to find it as a collectible. But the game is simple enough to play with just paper and pencils and a few categories or questions from the group.  So pick a category, like “Disney Movies”, then ask everyone to name 5 Disney Movies. Give everyone a minute to write up their list. Then you start with one person reading their answers. As they read their first answer “Pinocchio” the question is then asked, who else wrote “Pinocchio”? Everyone that wrote that answer is totaled and everyone scores that total for “Pinocchio”. The object of the game is to match others and have the highest score after 5 to 6 rounds.  The laughs happen as people listen to the varied responses and find out how unique individuals think. As the box version reads; “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you think the same.”

  • A few questions and categories to get you in the holiday mood:
  • Top 5 must have food dishes on Thanksgiving
  • 5 Best tasting topping for Turkey
  • List 5 Pies
  • Name 5 things you have seen in 2017 with Pumpkin Spice Flavoring
  • Give us 5 things you are thankful for
  • Name 5 people you will say “Thank You” to today.

#2 – Three Stage Charades

This is by far the best version of charades you will ever play. Best for groups of 8 or more. Divide into two teams. Send one team into another room. Each team will now write down these 3 things: Person, Thing, Action. Now the two teams will come back together. Each team will now pick 3 people to act out the charades and 1 person to guess. Two of the actors and the one guesser will need to all leave the room.  The words will now be revealed to the first charades player. One of the actors will be called back into the room. The player with the revealed words will then act out each word/category separately for the next charades actor. After each word has been acted out without speaking of sounds for the 2nd actor. The 3rd actor will be called in and the 2nd will repeat the process of acting out for the 3rd. Finally they guesser is to be brought in and the guesser will need to guess each of the 3 words. Essentially the game is telephone charades in 3 stages. The lost in translation that happens with the typical telephone game is amplified by the fact that no one is speaking in charades as they try to pass the message along.

#3 – Telephone Charades Race

This version of Charades is similar to the last in that the word is passed from player to player by acting only, but this one is done in race-relay style. You have your teams evenly split. You will want at least 5 players per team and no more than 8 players per team. If you have 20 people, go with 4 teams of 5. If you have 18 go with 3 teams of 6. Two teams line up all facing one direction looking at the back of their team players’ head. The two opposing players on the end that can see the rest of the teams will start. They will both receive the word they will be acting out. The race begins as both players tap the shoulder of the person in front of them then proceed to pass the word along. Once the receiving team member feels fairly confident about the word they can turn and tap the shoulder of the person in front of them passing it up the line. Players only turn around to receive the clue as their shoulders are tapped. It is a race and there should be an object to grab to determine which team finishes the race first. The team that finishes the race first gets first guess. If they guess correctly they get a point for the total number of players on the team. If they guess incorrectly it passes to the other team to guess. A correct guess will give them full points for all members on the team. If they fail then it goes to the next player on the opposing team to guess but now it’s minus 1 point. The guessing goes back and forth until the correct guess is given points reducing by 1 for each player that fails. There are no points awarded if neither team can guess it. Play this with an even set of rounds for each team you have. You may also have 3 lines going at the same time.  Any way you play it, this the game is fun. The fast paced acting out is sure to gets some laughs.

#4 Guessing Celebrities in 3’s

Some call this game Fish Bowl. This game is also sold as Monikers. It requires a big bowl and 3 or 4 slips of paper for every player.  All players will need to write down Celebrity names on their papers. Fold the papers in half so that the name written is not visible and drop them in the bowl. Now divide into two teams. A minute timer will be needed. Play will then pass between teams as players step up and pull names from the bowl. The object is to get your team to guess as many celebrities as you can in 1 minute. As you empty the bowl, your team scores 1 point for each correct guess. Players may pass, but each pass will cost them a point. You may allow 1 or 2 free passes per player. Names passed are placed back into the bowl. Keep score after each player takes their turn. An opposing team player may also help younger children with reading or knowing who the celebrity is. This is played in 3 stages. At the end of each stage the names are all placed back into the bowl. Any remaining time at the end of a stage is given back to the team in play and they will begin the next stage with that time.

  • Stage 1 is “Say Anything”. You can say as much as you like so long as you are giving clues and not saying the celebrity’s name, spelling it out, or rhyming it with.
  • Stage 2 is “Acting Only”. You must act out only; no sounds, no sign language.
  • Stage 3 is “One Word”. No acting or pointing. Simply draw the name and give a single word.
  • Total up the points at the end of stage 3 and game over. This game passes one-minute at a time quickly. Competition can be fierce and celebrities everywhere will be offended.

#5 What If?

This game of wacky questions paired with random answers may create some lifelong inside jokes. Keeping an open mind for chaos and none sense is required to enjoy “What If…?”. Papers and pencils required. Write a “What if…” question. Throw the questions back into a hat and everyone draws. Make sure you get someone else’s question. On a spate paper, write an answer starting with “Then…”. Now re-distribute the answers. The game proceeds as players will now read their questions and then answer them by reading the random answer they pulled. Many questions will be left unanswered. But sometimes the questions and paired answers just make the perfect non-sense to get everyone laughing.

Just a tip, but personalizing a question or an answer by using players names increases the likelihood of giggles. I mean “What if Uncle Bobbie really did turn into turkey?…”. 

Top 5 Board Games for Big Groups of Families and Friends 

#1 Code Names

Topping my list of party size board games these days is Code Names. Best with at least 6 players. Clue giving word game at its finest.

#2 The Game of Things

This game is a great get to know you game as players guess who gave what answer. Sold in a box, but playable without the official board game. Still, the box set moves play along rapidly and this game is a keeper. Keep your party alive and kicking with this fantastic board game.

#3 Ultimate Werewolf

This game has taken on many forms from the free for all “Mafia” party game, to the more refined “The Resistance” game best as “Avalon”. In its many forms it will remain a party game for years to come. But I give you this version “One Night Ultimate Werewolf” as its best family and friend version. Absolutely playable for all ages. This box set plays each game in under 10 minutes. The app leaves no need for a game facilitator and makes it super easy for anyone to pick up and play. Who needs to read the rules when the app will walk you through?

#4 Telestrations

The best version of Pictionary ever invented. This is the telephone game but on paper and with drawings. Laugh it up as simple and easy ideas distort themselves into never before heard or seen fumblings.

#5 Catch Phrase

Guess the word, pass the ticking time bomb. Whatever team ends up stuck with the buzzer in their hands loses. This game can be too competitive and injuries may occur if the timer is thrown at players, but still worthy of our Top 5 Party Game list.

Top 17 Must Watch Spider Scenes From Movies

8 Legged Freaks

What do you get when you put spiders on the big screen? Movie magic! Whether you are petrified of these eight-legged creepy crawlies, or marvel at their ingenuity and abilities; Hollywood has capitalized on the raw emotion spiders evoke in audiences young and old. This has led to some of the most memorable, must watch spider scenes in the history of cinema.

Here are the top ten must watch spider scenes from movies:

#17. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

One of the most brilliant movies of my childhood was Raiders of the Lost Ark; with one of the most memorable movie scenes as well. It’s one of many that just stick with you. This scene will make you almost lose consciousness for a few reasons. To begin with, how do that many tarantulas end up on both of their backs? They did walk through a giant web, but tarantulas don’t live in webs. How’d they get on their backs? Secondly, the spiders on Indy’s back are terrifying, but when the guide turns around and seems to have twice the amount that Indy did… Oh my!

#16. Arachnophobia-Slipper Scene (1990)

#15. The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

When it comes to memorable spider scenes, how could we leave out the scene in which Spiderman actually becomes the web-slinging hero we know him to be!?! The tougher decision was choosing between the 2002 version with Tobey Maguire, or the more recent 2012 installment with Andrew Garfield.

#14. Coraline (2009)

#13. 8 Legged Freaks (2002)

Sticking with the theme of eight, like eight legs, what’s more fitting for our next selection than 8 Legged Freaks? Giant spiders attack a small Arizona town. Assortments of horrific venomous spiders get exposed to a toxic chemical that causes them to develop and grow to mammoth proportions. Really bad CGI, and blood and guts galore, make this a cult classic. Since there are just too many spider kill scenes to recount, enjoy this very bloody compilation of spider scenes from the film.

#12. Megamind (2010)

I had to throw in this particular spider scene in, just because I remember it made me literally laugh-out-loud the first time I saw it!

#11. Spiderman (2002)

#10. Charlotte’s Web (1973)

Not every spider scene on our list has to be creepy! How many of you have ever had a spider tug at your heart strings?

#9. Krull (1983)

Have you ever had that nightmare where you’re trapped in a spiderweb, as a giant spider creeps slowly toward you? Well, the spider scene in Krull is your nightmare personified!

#8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- Spider Forest (2013)

#7. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)


This spider scene is always good for a laugh!

#6. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

In one of the most memorable scenes in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, or perhaps a scene you wish you could forget if you happen to be petrified of spiders, Harry goes to Aragog (the giant talking spider) to prove Hagrid didn’t open the chamber of secrets. Aragog tells his kids (the hoards of other spiders) that he will not deny them fresh meat, and to indulge! Watch as the spiders rain down on Harry and Ron.

#5. Arachnaphobia- Shower Scene (1990)

#4. Stephen King’s The Mist (2007)

*Warning- Language Not Suitable For Work. One of the most horrific spider scenes ever shot, and a favorite of horror enthusiasts everywhere, is the spider pharmacy scene in Stephen King’s The Mist. Watch as a trapped group of survivalists stumble upon a huge web. Inside the web, they discover a poor schmuck trapped in the web with baby spiders hatching and ripping him apart from the inside. It gets worse! Hoards of spiders, which act more like and hungry pack of wolves, unleash hell on the group. The scene truly is something out of a nightmare!

#3. Lords of the Rings: Return Of The King (2003)

Meet Shelob, the giant spider! Movie makers can sure make one creepy, hellacious, giant spider… The kind that moves fast, has foot-long fangs, plenty of eyes, hair, and even a stinger. Watch the spider get the best of Frodo, only to have Sam save the day!

#2. Home Alone (1990)

Just when you thought Harry and Marv have had enough in Home Alone; chasing Kevin through his torturous “funhouse,” Kevin still has one more surprise for the two wet bandits… A giant spider! Watch as Harry (Joe Pesci) takes a spider to the face and Marv (Daniel Stern) takes a crowbar to the chest, all while Kevin makes his final escape!

#1. Arachnophobia- Final Scene (1990)


The number one most memorable must watch spider scenes in all of cinema is from none other than Arachnophobia. Truthfully, you could probably select the whole movie as a memorable spider scene, as movie stole the heart of millions of film lovers when it got released in 1990. The movie is an accurate depiction of what truly makes spiders scary to so many.

A recently discovered spider from Venezuela is accidentally brought to a small American town, breeding with local spiders. This creates a new race of poisonous spiders that begin killing off town residents one at a time. Jeff Daniels overcomes his fear of spiders as he battles them to their death. John Goodman makes for one heck of an exterminator.

The creep-you-out-of-your-pants scene is at the end, when all the spiders leave the nest and infest Jeff Daniels’ house– spreading all over the walls, the door, the TV, spewing out of the sink drain, up under the doorknobs, under the doors, hanging down from the ceiling. In the film, they’re so poisonous that one bite will kill you in five seconds. Daniels pitches over the stairs and crashes into the basement, where Big Mama and Daddy are nesting. I also included a few other very memorable scenes.

Well there you have it! The top ten must watch spider scenes from movies. There were so many memorable scenes to choose from. Some honorable mentions include: Arachnid, Coraline, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Thing, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Nothing to Lose, Son of Godzilla, James and the Giant Peach, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Beyond, Dr. No, Tarantula, and This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse.

What did you think of the top ten must watch spider scenes from movies?

The Ant Watch- Our Favorite April Fool’s Joke

Ant Watch
Image courtesy of Analog Watch Co

Honor nature. Love nature. Keep it close at hand.

Imagine being able to carry insect life around with you wherever you go… And no I’m not talking about having a nasty lice infestation.

I’m talking about an entirely new take on time—The Ant Watch!

Inspired by nature and child like curiosity, The Analog Watch Company is offering a living conversation piece featuring three to five harvester ants in a portable enclosure that you wear on your wrist.

Those sporting the watch can be in awe as these wonderful ants create their own little world. Marvel at their ingenuity, all day long, as you go about your day watch as they go about theirs.

The Ant Watch runs $59.00, and you can choose from two classic colors; classic ant farm green and black leather.

See for yourself:


Once you receive the Ant Watch, and the 3-5 harvester ants; the trick is getting them into the watch. By placing the ants in the refrigerator for 10 minutes they become less lively. You then use the included tweezers to gently place them in the watch with the sand.

To keep them alive, you have to feed them sugar water a couple times a month with the included dropper. Every purchase comes with replacement ants for a year.

The Ant Watch- Our Favorite April Fool’s Joke

As a bug guy, I was so excited to pick up one of these watches for myself. I was all set to even do a promotional contest on Blog Pest Control’s Facebook page where a lucky follower could win a watch. That was until I clicked the pre-order button on Analog Watch Company’s site, only to discover it was only a cruel hoax.

Got me! April Fool’s!

This April Fool’s joke was actually on of my favorites. Make sure you check out our 10 April Fools Pranks Involving Bugs article!

March Madness Bug Style

It’s that time of year again… The nation has succumbed to March Madness fever. With the NCAA basketball tournament underway this week, millions of us across the globe have carefully filled out our brackets; penciling in our alma-matters to the final four, confident who the next Cinderella team is going to be.

In fact, March Madness is so popular, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers will lose almost $2 billion dollars in productivity this year, as 60 million Americans are in the office streaming games, devouring bandwidth.

With college basketball in the air, the bug guys at Bulwark Exterminating had a little fun putting together a field of bug all-stars!

Just take a look at these all-star bug picks:

March Madness Bugs

 

While the thought of fielding a team of Kevin DurAnt, Hakeem oSpiderwon, Rajon Roacho, and Tim dScorpion is entertaining, there’s nothing humorous about having pests like ants, spiders, roaches, scorpions, or creepy crawlies of any kind in your home!

Having pest problems? Give the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating a call today!

(888) 624- 3683

3 Sweet Bug Treats You Must Try

Those who know me best know I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it would come to no surprise if I told you I was browsing indulgent recipes last night to satisfy my cravings. Upon doing so I came across this bug treat… This bug inspired snack:

http://www.bulwarkpestcontrol.com/bug-treats

While this particular lovebug treat only looks like a delicious bug, it got me wondering,

“Are there any sweet treats that actually have bugs in them?”

In my search, I found that there are actually a lot of tasty treats out there that have insects as a main ingredient. These three seemed to look the most appetizing.

Here are three sweet bug treats you must try:

Chocolate Chirpie Cookies

"Chocolate chirp cookies" with crickets

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry-roasted crickets
  • 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
  • >1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preparation & Cooking

Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and insects, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Banana Worm Bread

 Banana Worm Bread

Ingredients

  • Dried mealworms1/4 cup dry-roasted meal worms
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation & Cooking

Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

Recipe courtesy of Iowa State University Entomology Department 

Cranberry Oatmeal Grasshopper Cookies

Grasshopper Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rinsed cranberries
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips (Optional)
  • 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup dry roasted grasshoppers

Preparation & Cooking

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease baking sheets. In a bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and airy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add oat mixture, crickets and cranberries and mix until well combined. Place dough in spoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes total.
Transfer to racks to cool. Makes 30 to 40 cookies.

Recipe courtesy of insectsarefood.com.

Bon Appetite!

The next time you’re craving something a little sweet, indulge your adventurous side by making up a batch of one of these bug treats. Let me know what you think, and comment below if you have any other insect recipes you’d like to share with our readers.

 

5 Strange Parenting Habits From The Original Modern Family

Think your parents did weird? Well they are nothing compared to these guys! These creepy crawlies have some really strange ideas of how to take care of their babies. Here are five shocking habits insects perform on a regular basis to keep their kids safe and healthy:

1. Setting up the nursery

Dung Beetles

The dung beetle starts off our list with their strange habit: setting up the baby’s room. Dung beetles will roll up balls of dung and use them for nursery. Talk about one smelly room!

These insects get all of their nutrients from dung. When two beetles are ready to mate they will create a ball of dung, bury the ball underground, mate and then lay the eggs into the ball. The eggs will then hatch the larva safe inside the middle, providing nutrients until the larva mature and are ready to leave.

2. Lift with your legs not with your back

Wolf Spider Babies

The Wolf Spider takes the next spot on the list. This doting mother is very protective of her young. After mating, the spider will carry around her egg sac attached to their abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. The especially unusual thing about this is that the mother is still able to hunt her prey while toting around her unborn children.

After the eggs hatch, the baby spiders will crawl up onto their mother’s back and stay there until they mature enough to live on their own.

3. Dads who help out

Giant Water Bug With Eggs

Belostomatidae, or The Giant Water Bug, is, in itself, a very strange creature. Also known as Indian Toe Biters or Alligator Ticks these huge guys are famous for having the most painful bite and for attacking and eating things much bigger than themselves, like baby turtles and water snakes.

Why they are listed on this article, however, is not for their ferocious hunting skills, but for their caring parenting abilities, particularly with the males. Water bugs are extremely cautious and caring throughout the entire reproduction process and invest unusual amounts of time into making sure that the eggs hatch safely. Male Water Bugs will actually carry around eggs on the wings until they hatch, continually exposing the eggs to air and biting anything that comes too close.

4. Dangerous Nannies

treehopper

Treehoppers are another insect to exhibit some strange parenting behaviors. These guys will aggressively protect their eyes. As soon as the eggs hatch, the female will secret a sweet tasting substance called honeydew, which will attract ants. When a colony discovers the secretion, the mother will then completely abandon her young, who also feed on the secretion, into the care of the ants. The ants then serve as the babies’ protectors until they mature and can fend for themselves.

5. Farting Moms

stink bug

Harlequin Bugs are fierce protectors of their eggs. They will lay clusters of eggs, protected by twigs and leaves and stand guard until they hatch. As part of their defense, unusual bugs have glands that will release a smelly substance warding off potential attackers. When one bug releases their scent it will trigger other scent glands to release the smelly substance from other bugs nearby, making their area extremely unpleasant to be around. These bugs are so famous for their ‘farts’ they are also known as Stink Bugs.

Yup! These bugs are definitely weirdoes! Next time your parents do something unusual, just think of these strange parenting habits, and you’ll feel better in no time!

10 Authors Inspired By Bugs

While most people were screaming and running away from our little insect neighbors, some authors actually received inspiration from them. If you find yourself in the mood for a story inspired by, and written with, pests in them, we have the perfect list for you! Find out which writers let their imaginations wiggle away at the sight of creepy critters:

Here are ten authors inspired by bugs and other pests:

1. Edgar Allan Poe 

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Poe was famous for his dark poems and short horror stories, so it is no surprise that he could find inspiration from something that makes so many people squirm. His 1843 work, The Gold- Bug portrayed a tale of a man who gets bit by a gold-colored bug and then is compelled to go on a buried treasure hunt.

2. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 

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In 1865, writing under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Dodgson wrote the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In this fantastic adventure, little Alice encounters many creatures we consider pests including The Mouse, The Dormouse and, of course, The Caterpillar. Alice is helped by some of her unusual acquaintances all throughout her unique adventure.

3. Franz Kafka 

English: 3:4 Portrait crop of Franz Kafka

Kafka wrote Die Verwandlung in 1915, later translated into the English novella, The Metamorphosis. It is a nightmare of a story about a man who wakes up to find out he had been transformed into a giant bug! Talk about a horror story!

4. William Golding 

Lord of the Flies

Golding found his inspiration from one of our winged companions when he wrote the classic, The Lord of the Flies, in 1954. Although there are no characters that are flies, in this twisted tale, the story’s name comes from a character’s vision after a traumatic event. The severed pig’s head with flies swarming around it, it became the Lord of the Flies to little Simon in this suspenseful tale.

5. Eric Carle

Front cover

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written in 1969, is… well it’s about a very hungry caterpillar! Although it is a story about a crawling bug, this brightly illustrated picture book has delighted children for generations and has become a must have in many home libraries.

6. Stephen King 

Stephen King, American author best known for h...

Falling back to another king of horror, King uses insects as a source of inspiration in his 1980 collection Dark Forces, more specifically, in one of novellas in the series, The Mist . This story depicts a host of unusual, beast-like creatures that attack a small town, killing several of its residents. Among the beasts are large, killer insects.

7. Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Numeroff writes a slightly less intimidating tale then Mr. King with her 1985 book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This cute, children book writes of the woes of giving a mouse a cookie. Although one would not like to live it out in real life, it is a fun tale to read to your children and another classic addition to many home libraries.

8. Simms Taback

Cover of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swall...

In 1997, Taback wrote the now famous, rhyming children’s book, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Oh my! In this fun-filled tale, children watch a woman swallow all kinds of bugs and animals.

9. J.K. Rowlings 

English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an hon...

Joanne “Jo” Rowling must have been bit at some point in her life because one of the beloved characters, Hagrid, from her 1997 The Harry Potter Series, was fascinated by monsters and kept giant talking spiders as pets. They show up throughout the series causing major problems for the unlucky people who happen to cross their paths! 

10. Suzanne Collins 

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Collins, created a fantastical world under New York City in her 2009, The Underland Chronicles. In this story, the main character has to fight rats, reason with cockroaches and fly on bats to find his lost father and return home.

Authors have been finding insight from pests for many years and, no doubt, for years to come. Next time you are looking for a suspenseful tale or simply just want to eat along with a hungry caterpillar, grab one of these wiggly tales and enjoy!

 

10 Super Famous Bugs

Here are 10 creepy crawlies named after famous celebrities:

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Schwarzenegger Beetle

English: Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2003

First discovered in 2002, the Agra schwarzeneggeri is a carabid beetle discovered in Costa Rica. It is named after Arnold for the beetle’s physique. It has bicep-like legs which remind scientists of Schwarzenegger.

2. Marilyn Monroe 

 

Crotalocephalus

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the ...

Trilobites are extinct marine arthropods. The Norasaphus monroeae was named after actress Marilyn Monroe for its hourglass-like shape resembling the actress.

3. Bill Gates

 

Bill Gates' flower fly

Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum ,2007.

The flower fly Eristalis gatesi is found in the Costa Rican high montane cloud forests and is named after Microsoft founder Bill Gates because of his great contributions to the science of Dipterologvy.

4. Angelina Jolie 

 

Angelina Jolie Spider

 

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Alexander in...

The Aptostichus angelinajolieae is a trapdoor spider named after Angelina Jolie because of her work on the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

5. Bono 

 

Bono

The Aptostichus bonoi is a trapdoor spider found at Joshua Tree National Park in California. This prompted science to name the spider after U2’s singer Bono in honor of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

Click here to see the Top 10 Spiders Named After Celebrities. 

6. Nelson Mandela 

 

Specimen of a Hogna radiata, took in the South...

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...

 

The South African inspirational leader Nelson Mandela has two different spiders named after him. The Anelosimus nelsoni and the Stasimopus mandelai, both found in South Africa were named as a honor to the great leader.

7. Elvis Presley

 

English: oriental chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmu...

A cropped photograph depicts singer Elvis Pres...

 

The king of Rock and Roll has quite the legacy with the Preseucoila imallshookupis. The genus, Preseucoila, is inspired by his last name, while the species name imallshookupis is inspired after the king’s song “All Shook Up.”

8. Beyonce

 

Beyonce Fly

 

Beyonce - Concert in Barcelona in 2007

Having a “bootylicious” reputation, Beyonce has the Scaptia beyonceae horse fly named after her. The horse fly is found in north-east Queensland, Australia and was named after the singer because of the golden tip on the end of the fly’s abdomen.

9. Bob Marley

 

Marley performing at Dalymount Park

A crustacean exclusively found in the Caribbean in 2002, the Gnathia marleyi, was named by science in honor of musician Bob Marley. The scientists that disovered the creature stated that it is “as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley.”

10. The Beatles

 

Spirorbid worms

Beatles 1963

A species of marine creatures, spirorbid worms were named Bushiella beatlesi Rzhavsky after the most famous band of all-time. Yes, worms.

 

Bug Dishes You Can Serve This Thanksgiving

Are you growing tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner? You know the typical turkey with cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie!

Well, me neither. My stomach’s growling and my mouth watering just thinking about the savory meal!

But for those adventurous types out there, do you want to mix things up this turkey day? Why not try a “buggy Thanksgiving!”

It’s called entomophagy, or the art of eating insects, and it can offer a rather nutritional twist to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are a few bug dishes you can serve this Thanksgiving:

Main Dish: Deep Fried Scorpion On A Stick

 

Scorpions on stickscorpion noodles

We eat turkeys for Thanksgiving; turkeys love eating scorpions; thus we eat scorpions for Thanksgiving. Why not skip the middle man (or middle turkey), and go straight for the scorpions. If you want to get really technical, scorpions are not bugs. They are, however, equally as delicious!

***WARNING: Consuming scorpions can be dangerous. High heat is supposed to de-nature the proteins that compose the scorpion venom, but still, ingest at your own risk.

Ingredients:

  • 20-30 large scorpions
  • 5 skewers
  • 2-3 cups frying oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cornmeal

Directions:

  1. Freeze scorpions for 30 minutes prior to cooking to euthanize them (warning: some scorpions have been known to re-animate once thawed.)
  2. Remove tips of scorpion stingers to avoid some venom
  3. Thread scorpions on skewers, about 6 per
  4. Beat eggs
  5. Put cornmeal in paper bag
  6. Heat oil in large deep skillet
  7. Coat scorpion skewers in the egg wash
  8. Next, toss the skewers in a paper bag w/ cornmeal and shake gently until coated
  9. Toss coated scorpion skewers in skillet and flip occasionally
  10. Cook 5-7 minutes, completely submerging scorpions, until crispy
  11. Serve hot and crispy

Side Dish: Mealworm & Cornbread Stuffing

 

fried mealwormscornbread stuffing

The quintessential Thanksgiving side dish is of course, stuffing. For a delicious insect option, mix mealworms in with your stuffing. Mealworms have an earthy taste, and will add a unique depth and texture to your holiday favorite.

***Note: If you have an old box of stuffing in your cupboard; I’m talking older than three years, then you may already be set. Their may be insects crawling inside already. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dried crumbled corn bread pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup mealworms
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the celery and onion until soft.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mealworms, celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Veggie Side Dish: Stir Fry Crickets, Veggies & Peas

 

Fried Cricketsveggie stir fry

 

I’m not that big of a veggie guy, but we do need some color to our plate. Why not crickets, veggies, and peas for our veggie side?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crickets
  • 1 cup chopped snap peas
  • 1 cup veggies of your choice
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop snap peas and cabbage.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan or small wok.
  3. Begin stir-frying veggies and crickets. After 1 minute or so, add crushed garlic.
  4. Once cooked to desired level of crunchiness, add salt and pepper.

Dessert: Cricket Pecan Pie

 

crispy cricketPecan Pie

The final element of the perfect “buggy” Thanksgiving meal is of course pie… cricket pecan pie! Because crickets are pan roasted, they taste a lot like the toasted pecans used in pecan pie; and have a similar crunch! They really are the perfect buggy substitute.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) toasted crickets
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust

Directions:

  1. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon.
  2. Stir in toasted crickets.
  3. Pour filling into pie crust.
  4. Bake on center rack of oven at 350 degrees F, for 60 to 70 minutes
  5. Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving Family

Whether you’ll be eating a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, or looking to try something a little more adventurous like cricket pecan pie; may your day be filled with family, friends, good food, and football. Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 5 Killer Scorpion Movies

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What do you get if you put scorpions in Hollywood? Giant mutant bug flicks relaying tales of unrenowned horror! In real life, scorpions are scary enough as it is, but when you blow them up to six-feet or more on the big screen and add the killer element… well, you’ll be having nightmares for weeks to come! OK, maybe not, but you’ll certainly have an entertaining way to waste a couple hours. Below is the top 5 killer scorpion flicks that you must watch if you enjoy giant mutant bug movies.

1. The Black Scorpion (1957)

Cover of "The Black Scorpion" 

The Black Scorpion is the film that started it all – at least as far as movies featuring gigantic killer scorpions go. The plot for this movie is fairly basic, like all giant mutant bug flicks from its era – volcanic activity unleashes giant scorpions from the earth, who set out on a killing spree along the countryside, making their way toward Mexico City. Mass panic ensues, of course.The special effects in this film were probably considered high-quality at the time, but by today’s standards they look pretty ridiculous. Instead of making you wet yourself with fear, close-ups of the scorpion’s face make you wet yourself with laughter. Still, this is a must-see, especially if you’re a fan of B-flicks, especially those of the giant mutant bug era.

2. Stinger (2005)

 

When the USS Newark – a government submarine carrying top-secret military cargo – suddenly reemerges after being missing at sea for two months, the government sends in a salvage team to recover the precious cargo. What they find is a scene of carnage – and a sub full of killer, mutant scorpions.

3. Deadly Stingers (2003)

Deadly Stingers Movie 

In this independent flick from 2003, a group of convicts living in a half-way house are ambushed by six-foot tall killer scorpions on a rampage. This movie is both a horror and a comedy which pays homage to the popular giant mutant bug flicks of the 1950s.

4. Tail Sting (2001)

Tail Sting Movie 

What do you get when you combine genetically altered scorpions and passengers on an airplane? Tail Sting. In this movie –which follows the trend of deadly creatures being turned loose on a plane – mutant scorpions break out from the cargo hold of a plane, quickly growing in size and killing passengers in mid-air. Massive panic and a lot of impaling ensues.

5. Scorpius Gigantus (2006)

 Scorpion Gigantus Movie

Done in the tradition of Starship Troopers, this flick has all the elements of a B-flick – unknown actors, bad CG animation, and most importantly, ginormous killer scorpions. In this universe, a geneticist is hell-bent on making a name for herself by harvesting disease-fighting antibodies from enlarged scorpions… too bad the scorpions escape and start killing everybody. This movie is fairly violent, so beware if you don’t like gore.

Scorpions are truly frightening, even when you don’t blow them up into imaginary carnivorous monsters. If you have a scorpion problem near your home, don’t hesitate to call a pest control professional – you don’t want those scorpions getting out of hand, do you?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company. He used to enjoy horror flicks, including cheesy B films, when he was young but no longer has a stomach for them.

 

Published by Thomas Ballantyne