I was sitting in Chinese class today doing my crossword puzzle from the Michigan Daily, when I happened to glance at 13-Down: “Bug sci.” Needless to say, I jumped on that like a Salticid Spider. Of course, if I was a snob I would complain about the fact that “bugs” really only applies to “True Bugs” in the order Hemiptera, but because I’m not, I’m going to instead mention one of my favorite Hemipterans! This is the toad bug, Gelastocoridae:
(Image from http://www.bugpeople.org)
This picture doesn’t really bring out this little critter’s more adorable characteristics, but honestly, these bugs look like toads, hop like toads, and live where toads live. I find that they are also very firm, so it isn’t too difficult to collect them once you can see them hopping around!