You’re gonna miss them when they’re gone

Print Article

Innocent insects inspiring nothing but human ire.

Poor aphids.

The hordes of bitty bugs that descend on our region every autumn can be annoying, true. And if you peer at one through a microscope or your web browser, it can be a bit unsettling to see the long proboscis protruding from their buggy noggins, preparing to suck the lifeblood out of plants.

But the message here today is one of hope and goodwill. Itís an attempt to put your perspective in forward, rather than reverse. You live in North Idaho! When youíre embraced by warm, sunny days and surrounded by arboreal splendor that rivals the best fireworks on the Fourth, why, youíve got it good. Youíd better be able to see the bright side of aphid infestation.

Hereís a little help. We call it The Optimistís Brief Guide to the Practical and Aesthetic Benefits of these Beguiling Bugs:

• Aphids promote strenuous aerobic exercise in brief bursts. Watch people walking through a cloud of them and youíll see arms flailing, legs kicking and hips swinging. Jumping Jacks are a thing of the past.

• At no charge, an aphid assault will test your eyelid and gag reflexes.

• Hungry teens walking along the lake while talking to friends on their smartphones wonít be hungry for long. And the food is free!

• Aphid swarms have been known to deflect bullets from drug gangs and would-be assassins. Political scientists theorize they might be able to absorb the impact of ICBMs out of Pyongyang, saving untold millions of North Idahoans.

• Downtown retailers and street cops love aphids because they discourage loitering.

• Aphids provide free outdoors entertainment as an art form of perpetual motion.

• Aphid swarms are so thick, bald pates beneath them are sunburn-proof.

Now, isnít your aphid attitude a tiny bit better?

Enjoy this fabulous fall, bug blitz and all.

Print Article

Read More

MaryLou Dion, 91

April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press MaryLou Dion, 91 MaryLou Dion passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Born MaryLou Snook on July 25, 1927, in Spirit Lake, Idaho, she was the eldest daughter of Melvin and Lilly Agnes Snook (nee Redf...

Read More

Thomas Soviettino Livich

April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Thomas Soviettino Livich Thomas Soviettino Livich went home to be with the Lord Jesus on April 18, 2019, at the age of 91. He was born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y., on June 20, 1927. Beloved fa...

Read More

Constitution expert Adler will lecture here May 9

April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press By DAVID TOWNSEND Special to The Press COEUR díALENE ó The eighth annual Coeur díAlene Public Library lecture by Dr. David Adler will examine the limits on presidential actions imposed by the U...


Read More

Vernon Y. Quinn

April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Vernon Y. Quinn Vernon Y. Quinn passed away April 4, 2019, at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Marcus and Edna Stewart Quinn. He served in the United States Air For...

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy