Bug | East Wenatchee, WA | June 2019

If humans are wondrous, shouldn’t fleas, ants and other tiny bugs be even more so? In their itsy-bitsy bodies are packed brains, hearts, guts, eyeballs and, most remarkably, survival instincts. Or maybe not. One theory speculates that teensy creatures are the coalesced nerve endings of a larger ephemeral presence. A hive mind embodying the resolve and purpose we see in, say, a web-spinning spider. That might also explain why a single ant relentlessly strives to lug a bread chunk while I laze away an afternoon watching reruns of “Battlestar Galactica.