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Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

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Have you ever been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Never mind the Travel bug!

Hands up if you dislike bugs and creepy crawlies, I for one am not bothered by bugs and often found myself being amused by the whole new world of species they had in Georgia USA while I was at BlueRidge Camp. I mean honestly the bugs they had at camp were un-real not only were they strange looking but they were on steroids. 

These bugs must have been taking something as they weren’t only huge but they were all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes. Some of the creepy crawlies I saw were best described as mutated house bugs that had learnt all sorts of new tricks.

Want a good laugh – read on - this is one of my misfortunes

I was dancing around outside my cabin trying to embarrass one of my thirteen year old campers when “Ouch” I was stung by an Potter Wasp. Thankfully I’m not allergic to wasps but these beauties pack a nasty sting. It wasn’t so much that I had been stung by a wasp by surprise but more so where it had stung me, yes that’s right I had been stung right on my bum!.

Thankfully I don’t exactly get embarrassed and had a interesting walk to the nurses office. I arrived at the office only to find two other male councillors talking to the nurse. They asked me what was wrong I laughed and said “oh I’m just here for some cream for a wasp sting” the nurse said “oh love where have you been stung, want me to take a look at it” I cracked up laughing saying its probably best I just sort it out.

That’s when one of the guys piped up “please tell me you got stung on the bum because that would be hilarious” next minute they were announcing over the radio that I had been stung on my bottom.

Another misfortune with insects at camp

Because I am such a tidy Kiwi and often found myself cleaning, my camp director asked if I would mind using the leaf blower to clean up the path ways. We often had afternoon floods that made our pathways dirty so we would chip in and help clean up. I set off on my task and came across a huge ant hill, I don’t really get along with the ants over in Georgia. Ants there are three times the size they are at home and they bite - two great reasons not to like them.

Over my time at camp I had become slightly fascinated with the way they create their ant hills. Sorry ant lovers, because of my inquisitive nature I wondered if I was to blow their ant hill over would they re-build it or would they move to another spot and start again. I started the mission of blowing the ant hill over when boom! My arms felt like they were on fire followed by my legs, neck and even my tummy ants were all over me. Uh oh.

I probably asked for that one!

Camp America Caterpiller.jpg

 

Something I defiantly did not ask for was bug bites! 

Or as we kiwis call them - itchy bites (the kids found that term amusing) When I wasn’t at the lake teaching boating I was leading the low ropes course. The area I facilitated this in was to the side of the lake and tended to be an area bugs that bite liked to hide. I am still waiting for the marks on my legs to disappear from the bugs that gave me little bites. 

It did not matter how much bug spray, cream or repellant I put on the bugs would not leave me alone. In one area we had a activity called the see-saw which was made out of wood. This was another great hiding spot for wasps but we usually got to them in time.

There was a particular moth that would hang outside of our room called a Luna Moth which was fascinating to look at.

She appeared in more than one video created by my co-councillor and I and would often try to come into our cabin.

Butterfly Camp America 2.JPG butterfly Camp America 1.jpg

 

Not all bugs were bad in Georgia, like the moth, there were many that amused us and plenty to be fascinated about.

Just another story to tell from my Camp America adventure..... it's good I can blog about it because my friends and family are sick of my stories lol.

What interesting bugs or animals did you run into at camp?

if you haven't been to Camp America yet - what American animals or bugs are you looking forward to seeing?

~ Rebecca

Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Camp America and Spiders Have you ever been bitten on the bum by a bug? Never mind the Travel bug!

Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Camp America and Spiders.jpg

Have you ever been bitten on the bum by a bug?

Never mind the Travel bug!

Hands up if you dislike bugs and creepy crawlies, I for one am not bothered by bugs and often found myself being amused by the whole new world of species they had in Georgia USA while I was at BlueRidge Camp. I mean honestly the bugs they had at camp were un-real not only were they strange looking but they were on steroids. 

These bugs must have been taking something as they weren’t only huge but they were all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes. Some of the creepy crawlies I saw were best described as mutated house bugs that had learnt all sorts of new tricks.

Want a good laugh – read on - this is one of my misfortunes

I was dancing around outside my cabin trying to embarrass one of my thirteen year old campers when “Ouch” I was stung by an Potter Wasp. Thankfully I’m not allergic to wasps but these beauties pack a nasty sting. It wasn’t so much that I had been stung by a wasp by surprise but more so where it had stung me, yes that’s right I had been stung right on my bum!.

Thankfully I don’t exactly get embarrassed and had a interesting walk to the nurses office. I arrived at the office only to find two other male councillors talking to the nurse. They asked me what was wrong I laughed and said “oh I’m just here for some cream for a wasp sting” the nurse said “oh love where have you been stung, want me to take a look at it” I cracked up laughing saying its probably best I just sort it out.

That’s when one of the guys piped up “please tell me you got stung on the bum because that would be hilarious” next minute they were announcing over the radio that I had been stung on my bottom.

Another misfortune with insects at camp

Because I am such a tidy Kiwi and often found myself cleaning, my camp director asked if I would mind using the leaf blower to clean up the path ways. We often had afternoon floods that made our pathways dirty so we would chip in and help clean up. I set off on my task and came across a huge ant hill, I don’t really get along with the ants over in Georgia. Ants there are three times the size they are at home and they bite - two great reasons not to like them.

Over my time at camp I had become slightly fascinated with the way they create their ant hills. Sorry ant lovers, because of my inquisitive nature I wondered if I was to blow their ant hill over would they re-build it or would they move to another spot and start again. I started the mission of blowing the ant hill over when boom! My arms felt like they were on fire followed by my legs, neck and even my tummy ants were all over me. Uh oh.

I probably asked for that one!

Camp America Caterpiller.jpg

 

Something I defiantly did not ask for was bug bites! 

Or as we kiwis call them - itchy bites (the kids found that term amusing) When I wasn’t at the lake teaching boating I was leading the low ropes course. The area I facilitated this in was to the side of the lake and tended to be an area bugs that bite liked to hide. I am still waiting for the marks on my legs to disappear from the bugs that gave me little bites. 

It did not matter how much bug spray, cream or repellant I put on the bugs would not leave me alone. In one area we had a activity called the see-saw which was made out of wood. This was another great hiding spot for wasps but we usually got to them in time.

There was a particular moth that would hang outside of our room called a Luna Moth which was fascinating to look at.

She appeared in more than one video created by my co-councillor and I and would often try to come into our cabin.

Butterfly Camp America 2.JPG butterfly Camp America 1.jpg

 

Not all bugs were bad in Georgia, like the moth, there were many that amused us and plenty to be fascinated about.

Just another story to tell from my Camp America adventure..... it's good I can blog about it because my friends and family are sick of my stories lol.

What interesting bugs or animals did you run into at camp?

if you haven't been to Camp America yet - what American animals or bugs are you looking forward to seeing?

~ Rebecca

Have you been bitten on the bum by a bug?

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