Why a MummaBug?

Why a MummaBug?

Well maybe because MummaBear was taken? Nope, my daughter has been a “Bug” since she was born. I have a tattoo on my wrist that says “Kayleigh Bug” so if she is a baby bug then I am of course a MummaBug!

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For most insects, parental responsibilities and care ends at laying their offspring in a safe place. It’s no secret that many bugs don’t care for their own, and definitely not as ferociously as a bear!

There are some amazing cases of insects that do care for their babies. Do they love their children? We cannot say for sure but they don’t seem to mourn them when they are gone, and will sometimes even eat them. So obviously that is not the part of buggy parenting that I would identify with! Haha …. I don’t think I would eat my child although there have been days …..

What is most likely about the insects care is they do it because it is instinctual. They have pro-created and have to ensure the tiny insects have the highest chance of survival. Then you see a picture like this one:

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and I don’t know about you but this ol’gal looks like she is ready to rip a bitches face off if they come near her babies!

Now, I already know what the haters would say: “Dude, Bugs lay their eggs and walk away never to see them again, they abandon them!”

My response to that is: Fu…. oh wait oops wrong response … The sins of one mother shouldn’t carry over to another! Also, humans do that too! There are countless stories about people being abandoned as a child by their mother. Even some mothers who were present, abandoned their children emotionally.

It’s not without truth though, most insects don’t care for their young. They lay them in a corner or on a leaf and leave. Then you have these insects:

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Centipedes who lay their eggs and then take care of them! They clean them and keep them safe in a giant hug! I frakin hate these critters, but this is adorable!

Then you have the wolf spider, I know I know a spider is not really an insect, but it’s a bug to me! These crazy Mummas carry a giant egg sack around

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which really doesn’t look very comfortable to me! Then they help their babies by perforating the egg sack when the little spiders are ready to hatch! Once they come running into the world on their eight tiny legs, they jump on Mummas back ….

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I think all moms can relate to this feeling! While carrying her babies she shows parental instincts in many ways. She will stick a couple of her legs into water so the babies can crawl down for a drink, how cute!

Other spiders show the ultimate sacrifice by allowing their children to eat them! Matriphagy is uncommon but does happen. One spider in particular will bring food back for her children and then she will eat what’s left, once her babies have had their fill. She stores the nutrients in her body and when food sources become low in the fall, she allows her babies to suck those nutrients from her legs. Eventually she will die and the babies will devour the rest of her. I think we have all felt like we were being drained by our children, this gal really is!

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That lovely little Lace Bug protects its young in a rather similar to us way. If a predator attacks her nymphs she responds by fanning out her wings, she has no venom or other defense and will most likely die, but victory is not the point of her ruse.

Spreading her wings to momentarily confuse and deflect the attacker gives her babies time to RUN! Which they do, they run right up a stem and into a curled leaf! If the Mumma sees her babies are running to their doom she will jump on the stem to stop and direct them to go another way! She almost always dies, but she gives her babies a fighting chance!

See how many ways we as parents can actually identify with a buggy mom? Sure …. it’s all about the bears ferocity towards people who would do their children harm, what about those who don’t have the power to defend? Like the lace bug who sacrifices herself for her young! I don’t see a bear letting her kids eat her either!

Point? I am so much better than a Mama bear because I am a MummaBug!

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