It's the attack of the giant, killer bees. Or, is it the attack of regular-sized bees magnified by a camera lens?
For one terrified weather reporter, it didn't seem to matter.
Indianapolis-based meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark had a total freakout when a teeny-weeny bee took on a grotesque form after it flew up to the camera during a live broadcast.
"Let’s get past the tower cam, I don’t want to look at it anymore,” Ketchmark said, without a hint of sarcasm in her voice.
As someone who is also petrified by insects, I will keep the jokes to a minimum. I will also suggest this: Many people misconstrue my phobia as one based on a fear of being bitten or stung.
What terrifies me about bugs is their aesthetic. The multiple legs. The hair. The eyes. They look menacing, grotesque. and not-of-this-earth. It's why whenever a filmmaker needs to conjure up a creature for whatever monster movie Hollywood has in the pipeline, they always go for something resembling a spider, centipede, or anything else with a lot of legs. Think: Godzilla, Super 8, and Cloverfield. The list is endless.
Ketchmark, for her part, had a way better sense of humor about the unfortunate incident than I would have had. "I’m going to end up on some blooper reel,” she can be heard saying off-camera. "I’m going to regret that for a long time.”
Hey, at least you weren't hiding in a closet. That's more than I can say for myself.
Watch the hair-raising video below.