Stink Bugs and Sesshin
September 08, 2010 by Yugen
We are now in sesshin. I don't feel so much like writing as there is not a lot to report. As anyone who has sat a sesshin will know, although there may be a bunch of internal goings on, there is very little to put on a postcard for the folks back home.
However, I did want to share this cool photo I took this morning. This black widow lives just outside the front door of the practice house, where some of the residents live. It is the first one that I have seen that was clearly a black widow - check the red hour glass on the abdomen. Strangely, I then overturned a large rock whilst working this morning and found another female black widow with two egg sacs. It's always funny when you notice something once and then keep seeing it again and again. Not quite so funny when that thing is a poisonous spider, though. This poor bug (pictured), known to most as a 'stink' bug due to its tendency to raise its butt in the air if you go anywhere near it - I for one have never stuck around to experience the stink - seems to have become part of the spiders menu for the next few weeks. The spider wrapped the bug up and proceeded to hoist it about 4ft up to its lair in the rafters. Ironically, just opposite the black widow's lair is a humming bird feeder with all these beautiful, bright colored birds sipping what is essentially liquid sunshine (or at least it should be - I think they are actually drinking watered down sugar from Walmart). I'm sure there is some insightful Buddhist-sounding comment to be made about this contrast between these two corners of nature. I will, however, leave that to you.