My two days volunteering at the Cave Creek Visitor Information Center were passed practicing fiddle, reading the NY Times, advising visitors and inventorying the arachnids.
Friday was a complete bust. There was not a single visitor to the VIC. This lack of distraction resulted in my reading every last bit of NY Times I had with me so when Saturday came I was forced to read the on-site reference materials. I started with Venomous Animals of Arizona. This thirty year old publication is hilarious. I recommend it. Sexual habits of the dangerous creature amongst us are relayed with clarity and good humor. It explains the role of each potentially noxious or even deadly creature in our ecosystem and almost always advises to leave the creatures in peace. Bed bugs and black widows, excepting. In between my reading about bedbugs and rattlesnakes and kissing bugs I handled the visits of 23 persons. I was so inspired by the book I was able to wander around and take a closer look at the spiders living on the VIC. I discovered 7 species in just 20 minutes. I sought another reference volume to try and identify my VIC companions but found reading a book with page after page of spiders made me nauseous. I have not completely come to terms with arachnids.
So, probably you won’t find a copy of Venomous Animals of Arizona in your local library. Here’s a summary of the mating of bedbugs. The male takes his ‘scimitar’ shaped penis and lances the females abdomen. He completely ignores the fact that she has genitals. The male rips a hole in her belly and inserts his sperm into the abdominal cavity. The sperm travel to the reproductive organs of the female. She lays the fertilized eggs through the usual manner, they are deposited from her heretofore unused gentials. I presume the gaping wound in her belly heals.