Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's all there

Whether it's finding a frog in your toilet or bugs in your tea, isn't the internet great for sharing, and making you feel so much less special? And less clever and humorous, since other people's comments are so much funnier and cleverer?

As you may have guessed, Topiary opened a metal cannister of tea and found little creatures habitating apparently happily therein.

(Hours later after throwing every thing away from the cupboard) Topiary thought she'd done pretty well with keeping rice in the freezer (had been buggy before) flour in the refrigerator (notoriously buggy) and any type of cracker-thing in a sealed ziplock bag. Never thought about the tea.

Cow now sadly resigned to a life without cute blackberry and acai mango teas (the vision of bugs swimming happily in the bags is too much!

None of these posts answer the question though. How do these bugs live, apparently for years, in a sealed container where there is nothing to eat but dried tea? Do they not need any water, or the occasional culturally-enriching jaunt outside? What about inbreeding---isn't that a risk?

Cow now never looking at a teabag without suspicion, and wonderment.


Photo credit: shamelessly ripped off from Dazzla at Neogaf, thanks!


Blogger Lulu LaBonne said...

God - I would have to make tea with those dry little bugs to see what they became when rehydrated!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

Your insect tea-bagging days will soon be over, Ms Cow. Read about this new product.

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Lulu: yes this is quite up your alley isn't it! Interestingly, the bugs this guy found in his tea don't seem the same as those in mine---mine were more round, and weren't moving much. His were actually inside the tea bag; mine were only visible outside the bags in the box.

Either way, they would be fascinating to a bug film maker, and probably readily available (no travelling to France needed!)

Gorilla: that is one cool link! Thank you very much! Let's just hope the million-dollar pesticide companies don't sideline this useful and environmentally friendly product!


12:29 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

single male household thinks: "it's all protein"

1:23 PM  
Blogger kate said...

I can't help but laugh as I just brought home a marshmallow fluff container (because that's all I could find) full of mealworms so I can breed them to feed to the birds. It worked great until my husband opened it, I don't think he'll ever eat fluff again!


1:27 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Kevin: chewy delicious? Ha! Single male households probably aren't big on cute fruity teas anyway, guessing.

Kate: You and Lulu LaBonne probably have truly interesting refrigerators, and containers!

Cow keeping her appreciation in the abstract for these critters...


2:59 PM  
Blogger sari said...


I found you through Meno...just wanted to say hello.

Here in Arizona we just put everything in the pantry in the summer and it's so hot, bugs just don't survive.

It is, however, finally our "cooling down" I guess now I'll have to be on the lookout. I do seem to remember some irritating issue with fruit flies or something horrible last year.

Have a great day.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Watercolor said...

egad! Never seen bugs in the tea before. That I've noticed!! ACK!

7:48 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Sari: Welcome! That is so funny that the heat kills the bugs. We have heat too in Mississippi but apparently the humidity counteracts it and provides a hospitable environment for all bugs!

Watercolor: Sherlock Holmes' phrase sprung to mind about this tea:
"You see, Watson, but you do not OBSERVE!"

Cow left wondering just how many buggy cups of tea she's had without noticing!


8:13 AM  
Blogger sari said...

TTC: Yes, we have no humidity here! It's that dang "dry heat". :-)

9:22 AM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I think these bugs survived by taking night time trips to the sink for a swim.

8:33 AM  
Blogger I Hate to Weight said...

i've always wished i liked tea, now i'm happy with my coffee addiction. are there bugs in my coffee grounds?

i've seen the little buggers in Oatmeal. disgusting.

7:32 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Sari: it's possible tea-bag bugs even like dry heat, since they apparently like dry tea!

Weight: Yes Cow carefully inspecting anything before she puts boiling water on it now.

Ultra: at least in France they would have been exotic bugs...


9:13 AM  
Blogger Watercolor said...

I'm guessing I would have seen them floating in the cup after brewing.... lol! ? I hope...

3:47 PM  

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