Please excuse this mass-produced format, but time is of the essence in my academic life at the moment.
Regular visitors to this blog might know I have undertaken a two year Masters degree in Art and Design. My project is exploring if I can use artworks to explore people's opinions about bugs and other little critters.
I need to find out some information in order to do this.
I wonder if you would take ten minutes out of your probably already busy day to answer a couple of questions?
I need to have a certain number responding to get a good sample size. Your names or details won't be connected with the project in any way, as all the information will be used in collated form).
1. What are your least favourite 5 insects and why?
2. What are your favourite 5 insects and why?
Note, you can include spiders, in fact, any other creatures like worms, centipedes, snails, slugs etc, if you wish. We're not going to get pedantic here. If there is one particular species of beetle or butterfly or spider etc. you particularly dislike or like, please name it if you wish. Do this list quickly and don't think too much about it. Your first reaction is good. Don't worry if your reasons seem emotional. Bugs can be an emotional issue.
Here's a list of some small critters. There are plenty more!:
cockroaches, butterflies, worms, slugs, centipedes, mosquitos, click beetles, spiders, ticks, weevils, grass grubs, moths, leaches, huhu beetles, wetas, caterpillars, ants, bees, mites, millipedes, flies, longhorn beetle, ladybird, borer beetle, sandfly, slaters (woodlice), silverfish, fleas, praying mantids, dragonflies, earwigs, stick insects, stink/ shield bugs, crickets, grasshoppers, aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs,cicadas, planthoppers, craneflies, mayflies, midges, damselflies, wasps, ichneumon wasps, leeches, katydids, water boatman, diving beetles,masonbees, bumblebees, fruitflies, glowworms, stag beetles, jewel beetles, tiger beetles, ground beetles, katipo, white-tailed spider, harvestman, dust mites, thrips, headlice, monarch butterflies, fireflies...
You can leave your response as a comment here, or send me an email directly (address is on my profile). Mention at the end if you'd like to be kept in touch regarding the kind of art that will result from this survey.
Thanks for reading this.
If you can think of anyone else, please forward this questionnaire to them. I need swarms of responses!
Finally, special thanks to all those I have contacted personally already. Your contributions have been much appreciated!