Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson.
 
What the heck are those little red velvet bugs? After a rain the other day, while hanging out clothes, I noticed those neon-red velvet, wrinkly half-full tick-looking bugs under my feet again and realized that I had been seeing them all my life. I only seem to wonder about something when it is about to bite me. So I did what I've been advising students against doing for 30 years…I headed to the Internet! Of course I got the same kind of hilarious "facts" that my students dig up. My favorite was a long irate discussion claiming a local ethnic restaurant used the bugs to color their red velvet cake.
 
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