By: Joy Montefusco
Spiders. Cockroaches. Giant Centipedes. Scorpions. Do the words give cold chills? Ever since I saw the movie "Arachnophobia" as a teenager, I've struggled to make peace with the insect denizens of our planet. As a science enthusiast, I appreciate the role they play in our ecosystem; I can even appreciate the curiously alien expressions that insects have (if you don't believe me, check out this amazing macro photo of a midge from our SciSpy community). Everyone seems to have one "kryptonite" critter - a creepy crawler that can turn you into a frozen weakling with one unexpected tickle. For me, terror marches in on long, skinny legs ... harvestmen, millipedes, and silverfish reduce me to squeaks and hand-rubbing.