Thursday, October 13, 2011
Putting Up A Stink
Today I present to you the bug of the moment, the bug that everyone is talking about: the stink bug. Our state has been bombarded with them. There are over 200 species of them, but this particular one has come over from Asia in the mid 90's. He is destroying the fruit crops. There is almost nothing he won't eat, and he sucks peaches and apples dry. In Maryland, a 72 year old peach farmer has to cut down all 128 of his peach trees, after a lifetime of perfecting them. After this bug stuffs himself, he looks for a warm house to spend the winter. His defense is putting out a really bad smell. He is sturdy and can withstand pesticides, and has no natural enemies. He also reproduces four times a year. Oh, he also flies! He is also called the shield bug, because see how he has a big shield on him? And nothing can penetrate it!
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him."
2 Samuel 22:31