Chrissy Teigen Just Played ‘What’s This Bug?’ With a ‘Dangerous’ Insect & the Internet Lost It
Chrissy Teigen made a new friend yesterday, and the internet is completely bugging out.
The mom of two played a harmless game of the ever-popular (JK) “What’s This Bug?” with her 2-year-old daughter, Luna, while on vacation. And, um, you need to see the size of this thing.
time for another game of ?what?s this bug!??! pic.twitter.com/hwCAPLB2vv? christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 26, 2018
And that’s when she learned just what kind of bug she had been hanging out with: a tarantula hawk wasp. Unfamiliar? So was Teigen because had she known the bug can cause temporary paralysis, has an extremely painful sting and lays eggs inside its prey then slowly eats the carcass from the inside out, she might not have been cuddling with it.
oh my god but he was so nice pic.twitter.com/J9OydpbFnr? christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 26, 2018
is there a god damn entomologist here? christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 26, 2018
Instead, she got added to the Wikipedia entry about tarantula hawk wasps because the internet is a ridiculous place. (The entry has since been changed because Wikipedia, conversely, is a serious place.)
Sooooo you already made it to wiki ? pic.twitter.com/dEjvBnkiVr? CoachMelMoney (@sheighly) July 26, 2018
After coming to terms with the fact that she basically laughed in the face of danger, the Cravings author reflected on reincarnation, her late dog Puddy and the circle of life.
I put it down gently and he crawled right back. maybe it was my reincarnated relative. Or puddy the bulldog. Either way, everyone is okay and the world continues to turn.? christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 26, 2018
Ultimately, Teigen looked past the wasp’s flaws, or um, potential dangerousness, and mused that their friendship might even blossom into something more.
Anyhow bug and i are friends now. And perhaps with time, lovers.? christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 26, 2018
But then, something miraculous happened—Teigen got vindication.
The Washington Post called upon experts to accurately identify the bug and guess what? It wasn’t a tarantula hawk wasp. It was a paper wasp, according to the paper’s interview with Gwen Pearson of the Purdue Department of Entomology. Unlike their murderous cousins, paper wasps are content building paper-like nests.
So it was a nice bug. Internet: Stop being so damn dramatic.