Interesting replies, everyone!
Hm, I’ve just realized—my phobia of arthropods doesn’t extend to a few arthropods. Ants are notable since they’re the only insect that I can tolerate touching for some reason (I wonder if this is common among others too?) Worm-like creatures (like maggots) are the WORST though (though maybe I could tolerate ant larvae—maybe early exposure to SimAnt helps?)
Daddy long-legs aren’t that bad either
With crustaceans, the big ones aren’t scary. But I’m still freaked out about isopods (including the GIANT isopods on the seafloor).
Surprisingly enough, my fear of arthropods also intersects with my fear of death. The fact is—arthropods can die at ANY time, and the possibility that they might die (of natural causes—squishing is a bit different) also FRIGHTENS me
What about fireflies? They’re very tame. Stick out your hand near one and there’s a good chance it’ll land on you and just stay there for a while.
Interesting idea—I dunno—I’ve never lived in an area where they come into homes. Where do you live?
Into homes? Oh, it didn’t occur to me that you were restricting to that context. I may have seen them indoors but certainly neither often or in numbers.
Edit: That said, it shouldn’t be hard to bring a few indoors if you really want to do so. :P