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December 15, 2014
Book Review:  A Huntsman Spider in My House by Michelle Ray and illustrated by Sylvie Ashford
We quickly jumped on the opportunity to review Michelle Ray’s new children’s book and we are pleased to endorse the message it conveys.  The home does contain many unwelcome pests, but there are also many beneficial species that either accidentally or purposely find themselves inside.  Huntsman Spiders are common in Australia, and they are generally considered benign creatures that do no harm to human inhabitants, yet they are frequently subject to unnecessary carnage because they are large and scary appearing to the uninformed public.  The young, nameless female protagonist of Sylvie Ashford’s charming book speaks in rhyme as she explains the habits of Huntsman Spiders to children as well as to the adults that read the book aloud.  Our personal favorite of all of Sylvie Ashford’s colorful illustrations is the one that accompanies the text “I could squash him with my shoe, but he’s not hurting me.”  We thoroughly endorse educating young children to have more tolerance for the lower beasts in hope of reducing Unnecessary Carnage.  This book is suitable for young children learning to read and it has particular relevance for Australian children.  This book is a nice stocking stuffer.

Unnecessary Carnage averted:  "I could squash him with my shoe, but he's not hurting me."  Illustration by Sylvie Ashford

Unnecessary Carnage averted: “I could squash him with my shoe, but he’s not hurting me.” Illustration by Sylvie Ashford

Subject: Huntsman Spider Children’s Book Review Request
November 29, 2014 12:43 am
Hi Daniel
I hope you are well.
My name is Michelle Ray and I am a childrens author from Sydney, Australia.
I would like to ask if you would consider writing an honest review on your blog of my new children’s picture book titled ‘A Huntsman Spider In My House’ for 0-5 years, it is educational, charmingly illustrated and fun.
I would love to send you a copy.
I love your blog, book and ethos and support your efforts to promote the life of bugs and spiders of course!
If you are willing, I will pop one in the post to you – please let me know where to send it and if you have any other thoughts.
I hope to hear from you,
best wishes,
Michelle Ray
Signature: Michelle Ray

Subject: BugAlien
June 30, 2012 7:59 pm
Hello, my name is Nick Sulkowski.  …
I have designed an awesome bug catching toy called BugAlien. I am bringing it to market and using Kickstarter to get the word out.
Would you take a look at my project and watch the video at the link:  and consider featuring my Kickstarter project on What’s That Bug?
I believe it is a unique device that would be very well received by your readership.
Thank you so much for this consideration,
Nick Sulkowski
Phoenix AZ.
Signature: Nick Sulkowski


Hi Nick,
We are posting and featuring your email.  We especially like your father’s patent drawing from 1986.

Little Bugger circa 1986

Hi Daniel,
Great!  Thank you so much!  Where can I view the post?

Update:  Friday the 13th of July 2012
I just want to let you know…
I’m working on creating a website. When it is complete will have a permanent link on it, as a show of kindness to you for helping me.  I’ve received several backers from your website.  Kickstarter allows me to see where my backers come from.
Thank you Daniel so much!

It is our pleasure Nick.  We fully support educational insect products.


Silver Cicada
Location: Upstate NY
November 14, 2011 7:36 pm
First let me start off by saying I love your site. I frequently use it to identify insects and ’bugs’ in attempt to educate my neighbourhood.
Now to the meat. My wife makes fine silver jewelry and often moulds dead insects we find exploring our world, creating some stunning pieces if I do say so myself 🙂 I thought you might be interested in her work and if you liked it maybe you’d consider some free advertising in the form of a post!
If the subject seemed misleading, I aplogize. Thanks for all you do.
Signature: Chris, husband in charge of marketing

Cicada Jewelry

OK Chris,
WE cannot resist the urge to be a bit catty, but it is all in good fun.  Does the jeweler have a name, or is she just your wife?  Do prospective buyers rub their cellular telephones over our posting to order a necklace or do you have a web site?  Daniel would love a Toe-Biter belt buckle.

Oh dear… Sorry ’bout that, (insert space-case excuse here). My wife’s name is Kim Kaye. She’s been making jewelry for a long time and recently decided to make a go at it. She mixes silver with insects, bones (found only) and semi-precious stones to make some pretty nifty things. Her website is . A portion of her sales go towards fighting white nose syndrome, which has devastated New York’s small brown bat population.
And now I’m off to go check the air pressure in my head (I may be bald, but I’m still blonde 🙂 )
Thanks again for everything you guys do!

We fully endorse the Bat Benefit.

Silver Cicada Feature -Thank You
November 23, 2011 5:36 pm
Hello! Last week, my husband Chris submitted a photo of my Silver Cicada Necklace, and you very kindly featured it with a link to my shop as well as the information about my bat donations. I just want to thank you for the wonderful exposure, both for my jewelry and for the struggle against White-nose Syndrome. I’ve received many visits directly from WTB, and it’s nice knowing that others who appreciate insects and maybe bats too are taking a peek!
I also thought you might like to know that the cicada necklace has sold, but I do have a few other insect pieces and hope to continue adding more. One very ambitious plan will involve molding a praying mantis we found, a natural death as always. I have no experience making belt buckles, but if Daniel is serious about the Toe-Biter, I’m certainly willing to give it a shot provided we come across one! 🙂
Thanks so much again,
Signature: Kimberley Kaye

Hi Kimberley,
Thanks for the update and additional information.  We don’t know how long we will be able to keep your advertisement as a feature, but we also have it archived on our Giftshop tag, though we really don’t have anything else in the Giftshop.  We keep thinking we need T-Shirts or something there, but there never seems to be enough time to embark on such endeavors.  We apologize for neglecting to make your website notice a live link.  We just noticed that on this update.  Hopefully you will get even more traffic from What’s That Bug? now that there is a live link.  If that Toe-Biter belt buckle becomes available, please let us know.