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In which a big green bug walks out of my salad while I am eating it

I was eating my salad, talking to someone, when suddenly she gasped and stared at my plate.

I looked down.

A large bug had strolled out my salad and was now making its way across my plate. It was shiny green and looked somewhat like a beetle. I was searching on Google Docs and found a picture that looks similar to what the bug looked like. It was quite large, maybe half an inch to 3/4 inch large. Probably closer to half an inch.

It was a metallic green color and also very shiny because it was coated with oil from the salad dressing.

It is interesting how beetles (if that is what it was) do not bother me, particularly when they are a beautiful green color. Spiders, on the other hand, create an automatic feeling of revulsion. So I actually was quite riveted by this bug that was meandering through the food on my plate.

For a fleeting moment, I considered taking a picture of it with my camera phone. But I refrained as I sensed my friends would be more than happy to have the unwelcome visitor removed.

I was unsure as to how to proceed. So I went up to the person who was serving the food and said, “Excuse me, I’m not quite sure what to do with this.” She looked at my plate and jumped, a look of horror crossing her face.

She said, “I don’t know what to do with it either!”

We both stood there, staring at the innocent bug, which by now had decided he was enjoying his perch on the rim of the plate and just sat there, sunning itself under the room’s artificial lights.

Finally she grabbed the plate and ran into the kitchen, saying, “This has never happened before!!!!!!!!!!”

I got a new plate of food — but stayed away from the salad.

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  • Reply corriespondent

    One time we went to a pizza place – not only did we fall through the cracks and no one came to take our order until we asked, but when they brought out the red pepper and parmesan cheese shakers, there was a LIVE FLY buzzing around in the parmesan cheese! Gross!

    March 5, 2010 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Angela Yee

    OK, that is truly disgusting. Sure beats out my story! Although once I opened a pot of cooked rice we had put in the fridge, and there was a dead fly embedded in the cooked rice, right on top. That was pretty gross too…

    March 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm
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