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Bugs, Worms, and...

Dreams of little creepy-crawlies: insects, isopods, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes, and while we're at it, worms and rotifers and paramecia and amoebas (no cladistic rigor here, I admit!) About all that's excluded are slugs and snails because molluscs get their own page: all those delightful octopus dreams, you know.

Here you'll also find dreams of meeting (or BEING) people of insectoid, arachnoid or vermiform ancestry...

RELATED TOPICS: crustaceans - mollusks - hive minds - animal people in general - - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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AMAZON A(U)NTS: by Wayan; 1997/10/28, a nightmare.
I camp in the Amazon but in the morning find I slept on top of something disturbing...
THE ANT REPRESENTATIVE: by Wayan; 1996/3/18, a romantic dream of bugs.
I fall in love with a diplomat from a hive mind. Am I luring her into dangerous individuality?
BANANA MOON: by Wayan; painting of dream figures, 1998, acrylic on wood, 36 x 48"
My figure-painting class here in San Francisco has a diverse student body, but not THIS diverse...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BEDBUGS: by Anonymous #29; pre-1961, a long-term predictive dream
I dreamt my mother visited, which she never does. The house was full of bedbugs! Three months later...
THE BEE QUEEN: by Wayan; 1997/6/26, a hard-headed dream.
Two time-traveling paleontologists get a gift from their friend the Bee Queen. A gift with six-inch fangs...
THE BEES' ANSWER: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
BEETLE: by Daniel Quinn; spring 1941; a life-defining shamanic dream
A black beetle insists I'm not needed or at home in the human world; my lifework is elsewhere...
THE BLUE MILLIPEDE: by Wayan; 1996/11/5 (Election Night), a political dream.
I'm a wizard chasing crooked politicians in a big city. They have a car, I hop a trolley--
only on the astral plane it's a giant blue millipede, and...
CAUTION: RECKLESS DRIVING, THEFT OF PUBLIC MILLIPEDE
LE BON DIEU (Around #2): by Wayan; 1999; digital portrait of dream-selves.
Soul-Poodle is torn between Le Bone Dieu and Dancing Pussy. Who will our horny dogma chase?
CAUTION: MUTT SMUT
BRANDY'S CURSE: by Wayan; 1996/10/23, a bizarre dream (even for me).
After I saw the film "Surviving Picasso", I dream a friend asks me to remove a strange curse...
BURN HIS TREE: by Emily Joy; 2007/2/7; two linked nightmares on art
Malevolent artwork terrorizes my baby and me! What's to be done?...
BUTTERFLY: by Zhuang-zi; about 300 BC, a dream questioning identity.
I dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering about, content with my lot. Suddenly I awoke and was Chuang-tzu again...
BUTTERFLY HABITAT: by Wayan; 2000/3/3, a dream about amnesia.
'You always hurt the one you love', but this girl seems unaware she's proving it's true for ecology too...
BUTTERFLY WOLF: by Wayan; 1982/8/15, poem and paintings of a dream job--and dream lover?
I help run the Dream Hotel, a giant mushroom with grand forest views.
It's the off season; our only guest is this lovely butterfly-wolf girl...
CAUTION: NUDE WOLF
CAIRO GIRL: by Wayan; 2008/2/18, a feverdream shifting from nightmare to joy
I'm lost in the angry streets of Cairo. But I meet a goth-girl with moth-antennae:
a jinni who's working for longterm change. She takes me home...
CAUTION: MOTH NUDITY
CHRYSALIS: by Wayan; 1999 acrylic painting of two dreams, 1997/10/6 and 1997/11/8.
Ballooning over Middle Earth with a metamorphosing butterfly-girl, we drift into forbidden territory:
CITY OF BEES: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream-comic.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AN ANT: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a tutelary dream.
The book's first two pages showed an ant's awareness, then a human's wider grasp--both mere freckles on reality...
CORPSE-BUG: by Wayan; 1994/12/1, an allegorical sex nightmare.
I'm a hippie girl in San Francisco, in hard times. To escape the Four Horsemen, I lie down with Death...
CAUTION: GANGS, CREEPY SEX
CRICKET GOT IN: by Wayan; 1988/8/25, a dream of troubling gods.
A cricket actress I know makes it into the Dynasty of the Gods! Or is it the TV soap "Dynasty"?...
CRISSI THE DRIDER: by Brian Harp; 2003/1/16, a recurring dream character
Crissi is a strange creature that has prowled my subconscious for a few years...
CAUTION: SPIDER SEX, BONDAGE
DATE GHOST: by Wayan; 1983/11/26, nondream surreal painting of a shyness fit
I tried to date a nice young butterfly but was stopped by a monster who was... my own wings?
CAUTION: UNDERAGE BUG
DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
DRAGONFLY ANTENNA: by Wayan; summer 1978. A surreal childhood memory.
I'm just old enough to recall forests of fishbones and dragonflies on every roof...
DREAM OF ABYSSES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007, a dream-drawing.
Girondé dreams she's floating through the oceanic abyss...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
ENTER, NERO!: by Emperor Nero; c. 58 AD, a series of guilty surreal nightmares.
After murdering his mother, Nero dreams he's losing control: ships drift, statues chase him, and his own tomb says...
FACE-BEETLE: by Wayan; 1982/2/13, a nightmare with career advice.
A monstrous Kafka beetle grows gradually out of my face. And it's a MESSAGE...
THE FEARFUL INSECT by Nancy Price; 1948, an episodic circular nightmare unified by a leitmotif
A bug with a horse-skull face reappears all through this nightmare of betrayal. I only know I feared it...
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: by Wayan; 2004/5/20, a dreamsong (MP3+lyrics); Dreamverse #0
I meet a monster--half earthworm, half giraffe. Then I realize she’s kind of cute...
FLOWER CONVERSATIONS: by Larry Vigon; 2004/1/12; a surreal psychedelic dream
Worms rappeled down from my ceiling. My friend says "I've had great talks with those creatures."
They became flying flowers exuding a gas that, if you napped, let you have wonderful conversations...
FLY-PARADISE: by Wayan; 1978/12/15, an automatic-writing poem that worked like an advisory dream
I'm a fly lured to a bright but sealed window. The only way out is to ignore the light
and brave the dark--and only when a door opens. Patience AND boldness...
FLYING MACHINE: by George B. Burgin, c.1860 on, a recurrent flying dream
When I'm stressed, I build a set of luna-moth wings and fly invisibly. Though once a blind man caught me by ear...
FRANCHISE!: by Wayan, 1995/10/12, a dream-comic (ill. text ed.) with a serious warning.
I was the first woman made High Commissioner of Baseball. One day a team of mutants begs a franchise...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, BAD TEAMWORK, HORNY BEES
THE GRALA: by Eugene Jolas, c. 1934, a nightmare written as a surreal prose-poem
I was having dinner with friends when I saw on the wall a huge skullbone
spider. But I lost the word for spider, and my friends seemed not to see it...
GREEN RAY, BLUE WINGS: by Wayan, 1974/7/14, a joyful apocalyptic dream
High in the Sierra during a thunderstorm, I dream aliens steal the gold, and the sun's going nova.
But Life wants us to conquer space, so we all grow wings...
GRIEF KIVA: by Wayan; 1980/2/16, a lucid psychic dream.
In a Hopi underworld, I find even lucid dreaming can't cure guilt and grief over losses yet to come...
GRIMOIRE AND PACT: by Wayan, 2013/8/4, twin dreams of infestations of... health? illness? sex? magic?
Two sisters want to lick me all over, but they lick everything; weird gut-fauna make them immune to toxins...
Fairy eggs infest my home--become worms, then tiny horses, then mothwinged hobbits, then adult fairies....
CAUTION: NUDE EQUINES & FAE; PARASITES (OR SYMBIOTES?)
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore
their fears and heart's desires, unconstrained by solid matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISION, UNICORN NUDITY
IN WATSONVILLE CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, early Nov. 1953, a dream warning of mooches
Green snakes fly over Elkhorn Marsh. My mom says "They're just cockroaches." She's not fooled by my... friends?
JUMBLE by Nancy Price; 1948, a comically exaggerated predictive dream
A bewildering dream of a boy's borrowed bath, absconding renters' furniture and fly-eating turns real a few weeks later...
KITTY WANTS TO DIE: by Wayan; 1981/11/9, a nightmare baring a side of me ready to DIE to avoid stuff
Kitty, exhausted, stops fighting what's inside her, and lets herself die.
Crystalline alien worms burst out, growing till they loom over the spaceport...
CAUTION: ADDICTION ROOTED IN AVOIDANCE
LITTLE NEMO: by Wayan; 2005/2/6; a little rant on the first dream-comic.
Windsor McCay's dream-comic Little Nemo is gorgeous but plotless & passive. Or is it? Dreamwork is gradual...
LONG ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Edwin Muir; 1920, an epic hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Creatures in the primal sea touch my third eye, dragons cry their eyes out, I fight the Sphinx, and arrive at last in...
LOST ANT: by William Blake; late 1780s; a dream-poem, one of his Songs of Innocence
A glowworm and nightwatch beetle help out a lost crying ant-woman. It's not always a bug-eat-bug world...
LOUSE: by Wayan; ink, 1982/5/21: an embarrassing true story.
Getting rid of lice was easy. Harder was quelling the gossip and rumors from my co-workers and boss...
CAUTION: A LOUSE OF A BOSS
LUNAMOTH (Around #11): by Wayan; 150K, 1998; 2 portraits of a dream-self, one digital, one acrylic
Day Me curls up and Night Me unfolds: a girl with dark moth-wings, not angel-white but camouflaged...
LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
CAUTION: CUTE ALIENS, WEIRD SEX CUSTOMS, GODLESS EVOLUTION!
MAN TRIUMPH ANT: by Wayan; 1990, a lost typographical picture-poem
The image got lost, but the words survived, so here's the poetic saga of an ant that left th' farm...
MANDALA OF THE EIGHT DREAMERS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/9/16, painting of a group's dreams
Our dream-group's dreams had a lot of imagery in common: circles, groups, meditation. I fused them into this piece...
MANTA MOTHS: by Wayan; 1990/10/3, a transcendental nightmare echoing a dream 8 years before, (1982/1/22)
Manta Moths pick us off us explorers... or do they? An old scroll spoke of fear leading to transformation...
MOM THE ALIEN: by Wayan; 1981; a nightmare on family
Many kids anxiously dream their parents aren't their real parents. I dreamed my parents ATE my real parents...
CAUTION: HUNGRY MONSTERS
MONSTERS FROM MY SOUP: by Cyberwebspace; 2010/9/30, a stubborn nightmare
How'd that spider, dragon and T. rex get in my soup? I skip lunch.
Dig in the garden, but scaly heads pop out to nip at me. Persistent!
MOTH GIRL SIPS EARTHFLOWER: by Wayan; 1982, sketch of a daydream.
The bud she sits on is the moon...
MOTH TRAPS: by Wayan; 1980/1/11, a short dream on getting stuck.
The Agile Beasts build traps to catch the Moth Monsters; but the Moths may build traps to retaliate...
MS. TRUST: by Wayan; 1993/11/4, a dream of a guarded angel.
I meet my own mistrust: an angel who can't trust ME! So she turns me into a football-playing ant...
THE MUSICAL AMOEBA, by Hermester Barrington, spring 1979, a predictive dream on the Incredible String Band
I'm hiking through the Catskills when a gigantic amoeba comes slipping over the hills...
MY SYMBIOTES: by Wayan; 2015/2/8, a dream characterizing our sixth sense, & proposing a seventh
I have symbiotes--a dragonlynx and some flannan, like micro-angels with birdfeet and antennae.
Lynx & flannan embody my sixth and seventh senses...
NAMELESS HAT: by Elizabeth Kew; 1930s?, a comic dream.
Giant worms put me on trial for wearing a nameless hat, but I like their punishment, so I taunt the judge...
OFFICE NIGHTINGALE: by Wayan; 1982/9/21, a dream warning I'm in the wrong place
I'm a lonely bird flying in a glass office. Seeking friends, seeing reflections, I fly into windows.
Ow! There's hope of escape only where no false friend beckons...
OMELET BEACH: by Wayan; 2007/1/15, a dream on how things look through your third eye
An alien beach scene--as seen through eyes that see bodies’ energy fields more than surface forms...
ONE FRUIT REMAINS UNEATEN: by Catshall; November 1983, a journal dotted with dreams
My day life as an artist and explorer of the San Francisco underground scene
gets regularly commented on by my dreamlife...
CAUTION: SEX, BONDAGE
POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles,
pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
THE POWER OF THE BUTTERFLY: by Lisa Gale Garrigues ("Cory"); winter 1997,
a dream of flying, shapeshifting and spiritual advice.
When a flood trapped me in my cabin, I dreamed I met an old man who warned me to let my butterflies go...
SKEPTIC AND DRAGONFLY: by Wayan; 1988/1/28 and 2/8, twin flying dreams.
Big Blonde and her officemates don't believe in flight; but the dragonfly-girl I meet hatched in mid-air...
SKUNKERPILLAR: by Wayan; 2018/4/7, an advisory dreamlet about metamorphosis
After I (sort of) foil some elf-burglars, a friendly elfwoman shows me
a black caterpillar, then the rare white-striped skunkerpillar...
SNAKES AND CENTIPEDES: by Russ Thornton; 2008/11/1, a shared/telepathic dream.
Two snakes fight as centipedes emerge from under rocks. I tell my friend. Next day her co-worker tells her the same...
SOUL-BOARD: by Wayan; 1989/1/12, an illustrated dream poem.
Africa. My horse trusted me as we faced lions and fire, but to face the Soul-Board, he must trust himself...
SPIDER TOILET: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2000/2/7 hypnogogic image and 2000/2/17 nightmare
First a lone image on waking, of a woman cradling a skeleton; ten days later,
a nightmare of spiders swarming out of my toilet, covering me...
THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The Crocodile King & the Geisha Queen, the couple who guard
the bridge over the River Styx, seem to quarrel a lot...
SURPRISE THAT PENIS: by Wayan; 1986/2/18, a subtly psychic dream.
I hijack a Lacewing Chopper to install a new rubber-band engine, but the motor becomes a talkative penis, and...
CAUTION: ONE WEIRD WEENIE
TARTAN ACID SPIDER TORPEDO: by "Thomas Mountain"; 2008/1/31, a cliffhanger dream.
I get speared by Irish warriors, slipped an LSD dose, chased by giant spiders, torpedoed--hey, I'm not bored!
TEN TRIALS: by Wayan; 101K, 1976/10/2, a dream of love distracted.
While living with violent Kay, I dream I meet a cute, gentle moth-girl.
But we must undergo ten trials. Mustn't we? Mustn't we?
CAUTION: RELATIONSHIP TROUBLES, BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT
THARN: by Wayan; 2006, 45 p, 200+ ill., a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, scenic moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
THEY DON'T BELIEVE ME: by Wayan; 550K total, 15 illus., 1989/10/4, an unbelievable dream.
My dog and I are abducted by aliens who turn us into cats. We escape & go feral to survive.
How we got back, and what happened along the way, even my own shrink refuses to believe...
CAUTION: LEWD SQUID AND KLEPTOMANIAC BUGS
THIRTY THOUSAND RADIATORS: by Wayan; 1999/7/30, a dreamtale.
I dream normal women don't turn me on--I like the 30,000 little aliens who just landed!
I wake to see an ad about them on a passing bus... and it turns out I'm NOT still dreaming...
THOSE BITCHES! OOPS, I MEAN... GREAT GODDESS!: by Wayan; 1988/8/19, a dyslexic dream.
I live in a beehive. We must mate with dogs. I'm assigned a bitch. But I'm allergic to gods! Oops, I mean...
CAUTION: SEXUAL THEME, DOGGESS WORSHIP
THYROID: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a set of life-saving diagnostic nightmares
In 1985 I was flooded with nightmares about heads and necks. They had an unparalleled intensity...
THE TRAIN ON TIME CAFE: by Wayan, 1981/12/20, an epic political dream.
Silicon Valley goes enthusiastically fascist. I hide in a berry patch. They build a shining world, and then...
TRUE LOVE = CHOICE! by Ms. Mira; Jan. 2008, a dream-lesson on compassion and free will.
I'm on an alien world inside the minds of two women and a child struggling with moral choices in a civil war...
CAUTION: DEATH, LOSS
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I wander a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who love unicorns but
fear cyborgs, who love ants but fear unicorns! And while the Three Tribes squabble, cave-monsters
sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four aspects of my tetrahedral soul...
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
VOR: by Wayan; 1984/3/27, an indescribable dream
Am I King Kong? No, it's a city of midgets! I leave and find I'm gay. Gay bugs come out of the closet too,
storming the fundamentalist flies of Heaven. And then Vor, the purple alien, does something peculiar...
CAUTION: LOOKS DOWN ON HOMOPHOBIC MIDGETS
WASP: by Madellyne Waugh; 2010/4/22, a punning dream on... guilt?
A giant insect chases me around our gym. A girl tells me it's harmless but I'm sure it's a...
WHO SHATTERS?: by Wayan; 1995/6/18, a cryptic culinary dream.
Dry noodles shatter when bent. Wait, not noodles--they have auras! Feel like me--parts of me? Oh!
These aren't noodles or strands of my being. I'm not this brittle. They're relatives!
THE WORM: by Emily Dickinson, mid-1870s?, a nightmare-poem
Emily Dickinson ties up a worm she mistrusts. Bad move! It grows into a talking snake with a score to settle...
WORM WIZARD, or, TITMAN'S CHAIR: by Wayan; 1997/4/23, a dream of bamboozlement.
In the castle of a wizard who's a were-worm, I let myself become
my businessman-friend's chair! Generous, huh?
ZELIG FLIES: by Wayan, 1984/4/29, a psychic, lucid dream epic.
I careen from a sacrificial marriage-altar to the Oracle Harper's secret pool,
into the jaws of Leviathan and the joys of lucid flight, shifting from male to female
and gay to straight--till I meet the Dragonfly People themselves...
CAUTION: STUPID, STUPID SEX CULT!


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