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Baltimore1937
09-26-2013, 02:46 PM
Chinese hornets:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/hornet-attacks-kill-18-china

basque
09-26-2013, 07:08 PM
Chinese hornets:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/hornet-attacks-kill-18-china

Yikes :faint: Thats my worst nightmare they are heading this way as well (England) :fear:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/giant-beekilling-hornets-heading-towards-uk-8799226.html

basque :rolleyes:

MikeWhalen
09-27-2013, 11:20 AM
on days in the middle of winter, when I've spent an hour clearing the driveway of a huge snowfall, I will remember that bugs like this monster cannot survive Canada's harsh seasons---a true silver lining in this case!

Mike



Chinese hornets:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/hornet-attacks-kill-18-china

AJL
09-27-2013, 11:01 PM
Mike:

Ha ha yes that reminds me of when there was a record blizzard here about 15-20 years ago and people were walking around with buttons that said "At least there are no mosquitoes!"

Scarlet Ibis
10-02-2013, 05:37 PM
Lord have mercy. Kill them with fire.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/191t5r8wkyaf5jpg/ku-bigpic.jpg

MikeWhalen
10-03-2013, 12:11 AM
not sure fire will do it, napalm at the minimum...with a nice Vulcan 50 cal mini chain gun (like on the A-10 warthog) to mop things up

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Ian B
10-03-2013, 05:41 AM
There aren't many problems in this world that can't be fixed with a few kilos of Semtex.:P

AJL
10-03-2013, 11:25 PM
Mike they're just getting ready to drop some thermalized Deep Woods now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcafimagery/6328899099/

MikeWhalen
10-04-2013, 03:32 AM
ahh AJL, is that the air burst stuff? I bet that works real well
...in fact, the friggen skitters have been so thick around my town we should get then to drop a small load here!

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AJL
10-05-2013, 12:48 AM
lol Mike, you just reminded me they used to have a giant buzzing model of a mosquito in a glass case here in the museum when I was a kid (about the size of a grouse), and they eventually removed it, I think because it freaked too many of the kids out, and probably a lot of the adults.

http://yupthisisit.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/mosquito.jpg

Baltimore1937
10-05-2013, 04:53 PM
And now Stink Bugs:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/stink-bugs-rise-us_n_4044306.html

MikeWhalen
10-05-2013, 07:16 PM
from Asia huh?

well, lets hope the little f*ckers dont like the cold in my neck of the woods

M

Baltimore1937
10-07-2013, 03:11 AM
This is not about a bug, but...Pinocchio Lizzard:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/pinocchio-lizard-rediscovered-ecuador-extinct_n_4046090.html

MikeWhalen
10-07-2013, 04:48 PM
well, I would not want him in my house, but he is a kindof cute little guy

funny, other than snakes (uber ick)...I never have the deep negative visceral reaction to reptiles that I do for spiders and snakes

M


This is not about a bug, but...Pinocchio Lizzard:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/pinocchio-lizard-rediscovered-ecuador-extinct_n_4046090.html

Ian B
10-09-2013, 01:48 AM
Mike, so you're afraid of snakes? I'm terrified of snakes, I don't even like watching them on TV. In the wild, if I see a snake close to me, anywhere in a 50 metre radius, I feel physically sick, but, in the main, bugs, spiders etc. don't worry me, lizards either. :eek:

Baltimore1937
10-09-2013, 06:10 AM
Mike, so you're afraid of snakes? I'm terrified of snakes, I don't even like watching them on TV. In the wild, if I see a snake close to me, anywhere in a 50 metre radius, I feel physically sick, but, in the main, bugs, spiders etc. don't worry me, lizards either. :eek:

Australia has a reputation for having the most poisonous/venomous snakes in the whole world. If I were there, I'd fear snakes too. Then there's your funnel-web spider that's also infamous. Where I'm living now, there are few snakes of any kind; just the little garter snake. East of the Cascades, however, is an ornery species of Rattlesnake.

MikeWhalen
10-09-2013, 12:20 PM
down in southern Ontario they have the ' massasauga rattler', which cant live within 400 or so miles of me due to the cold...apparently it is a shy and for a rattler, not that powerful a venom
I dont think we have a lethal spider, maybe a bit of the northern black widow in the lowest parts of southern Ont. but very rare for anyone to be bitten and again, they cant survive near where I live....

TY GGPa William Whalen for moving our little branch of the family from farm country southern Ontario to lumber country Northern Ontario!

M

I have seen some nature documentaries on the creepy crawly's of Australia, and I think you poor buggers, due to the eons of geographic isolation, developed the highest level of horribly lethal snakes and spiders of any place in the world
-gotta tell you bro, thats not a tittle I wish good old cold assed Canada had!

The most worrisome thing I saw in these documentaries is how certain horribly deadly spiders and snakes gravitate towards the human living spaces and are often found in bathrooms and such...ICK, f'ing ICK

M

AJL
10-09-2013, 11:23 PM
down in southern Ontario they have the ' massasauga rattler', which cant live within 400 or so miles of me due to the cold...apparently it is a shy and for a rattler, not that powerful a venom
I dont think we have a lethal spider, maybe a bit of the northern black widow in the lowest parts of southern Ont.

I think there's also the brown recluse spider around the Great Lakes. In BC they have diamondbacks which I hear are pretty dangerous.

Baltimore1937
10-10-2013, 07:44 AM
Then there is the introduced European House Spider. It is huge, relative to other spiders. Spiders seem more intelligent than other insects (actually, spiders are not insects). As for snakes, I moved down to Florida (from Wisconsin) when I was 15 years old. And of course there were all kinds of, for me, exotic critters, including all kinds of snakes. When you are young with sharp vision and hearing, you can negotiate the wilds without getting bit. But in my current old age state, I wouldn't want to repeat many of those wild outings of my youth. But the biggest rattlesnakes and cottonmouths I ever saw were on the Fort Stewart Army base in SE Georgia. Well, except for a huge cottonmouth I killed along Orange Lake in Florida during my high school years.

basque
10-11-2013, 07:05 PM
This is no exaggeration :eek: for the past few days there have been some giant locus type creatures flying around here (Devon Uk) One of them was sat on my dressing table no joke it was huge :fear: they make a loud noise like a cricket, perhaps they hitched a lift on the wind from France. Has anyone else seen anything like them?

Its now down the toilet.

basque :behindsofa::rolleyes:

AJL
10-12-2013, 12:22 AM
basque perhaps some of the venomous adders you have in Devon will eat the bugs?

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/highexplosive/SARG/08000-TheAnimals/SpeciesPages/NativeAnimals/Reptiles/Adder/Adderpics/VBDistribution.jpg

MikeWhalen
10-12-2013, 12:57 AM
perhaps the sneaky french have finally figured out a successful way to invade England?
:)

M


This is no exaggeration :eek: for the past few days there have been some giant locus type creatures flying around here (Devon Uk) One of them was sat on my dressing table no joke it was huge :fear: they make a loud noise like a cricket, perhaps they hitched a lift on the wind from France. Has anyone else seen anything like them?

Its now down the toilet.

basque :behindsofa::rolleyes:

Clinton P
10-12-2013, 11:12 AM
This is no exaggeration :eek: for the past few days there have been some giant locus type creatures flying around here (Devon Uk) One of them was sat on my dressing table no joke it was huge :fear: they make a loud noise like a cricket, perhaps they hitched a lift on the wind from France. Has anyone else seen anything like them?

Its now down the toilet.

basque :behindsofa::rolleyes:

Im curious as to what these giant locust type creatures may be. Did you take a photograph?

Clinton P

AJL
10-12-2013, 02:25 PM
It is possible:

"The scientist gained experience dealing with locust plagues between 1987 and 1989. At that time, the winds carried the locusts so far they even reached England and the Caribbean." (http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/the-plague-locusts-swarm-europe-a-331157.html)

basque
10-13-2013, 06:09 PM
I’m curious as to what these giant locust type creatures may be. Did you take a photograph?

Clinton P

Clinton P

I did not take a photo because i ran away. I have tried to find it on google searches it was brown and a cross between a cricket and locus more locus though. There was another one that escaped out the back door. There may be others lurking about i will take a photo next time, if i see one.

There is a large scrub area and stream at the back of the house.

basque :rolleyes:

AJL
10-14-2013, 10:12 AM
basque might they be cicadas?

basque
10-14-2013, 06:23 PM
basque might they be cicadas?

It did look a bit like a Cicadas: so it looks like a cross between cicadas cricket and locus.:unsure: This morning I could hear one in the utility room but could not see it, it sounded high up behind a cupboard. (its quiet at the moment) If it decides to show itself I have camara ready.

basque :rolleyes:

Clinton P
10-14-2013, 06:53 PM
basque, this "loud noise like a cricket" that these creatures make - does it happen during the day, or in the evening?

Clinton P

basque
10-14-2013, 07:09 PM
basque, this "loud noise like a cricket" that these creatures make - does it happen during the day, or in the evening?

Clinton P

Clinton P

The first time I heard the cricket like noise was late at night. Today the cricket like noise was about 11 this morning.

basque:rolleyes: Ps when I saw the creature on my dressing table it was 4 in the afternoon.

Clinton P
10-15-2013, 03:47 PM
It did look a bit like a Cicadas: so it looks like a cross between cicadas cricket and locus.:unsure: This morning I could hear one in the utility room but could not see it, it sounded high up behind a cupboard. (its quiet at the moment) If it decides to show itself I have camara ready.

basque :rolleyes:

Is it warm in the utility room, and is there any food kept there?

Clinton P

basque
10-15-2013, 06:20 PM
Is it warm in the utility room, and is there any food kept there?

Clinton P

Clinton P

The utility room is a bit like a conservatory (polycarb roof) so gets hot when the sun is out. It has the washing machine tumble dryer eta.. and a tall freezer. The first time I heard cricket like noise it was coming from behind the freezer, its warm behind there. The weather is a lot cooler now.

basque :rolleyes:

Clinton P
10-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Clinton P

The utility room is a bit like a conservatory (polycarb roof) so gets hot when the sun is out. It has the washing machine tumble dryer eta.. and a tall freezer. The first time I heard cricket like noise it was coming from behind the freezer, its warm behind there. The weather is a lot cooler now.

basque :rolleyes:

I'm beginning to think that this could be a 'house cricket'.

Possibly and escapee from a pet food shop, or do you know of anyone nearby who keeps reptiles?

Clinton P

basque
10-16-2013, 09:16 PM
I'm beginning to think that this could be a 'house cricket'.

Possibly and escapee from a pet food shop, or do you know of anyone nearby who keeps reptiles?

Clinton P

Clinton P

Good thinking they could well have escaped and there is a pet shop a 5 minute walk from my house. I have never seen anything like them before in my life. At the back of the house there are lots of blackberry bushes. Dont know anyone who keeps reptiles. I thought maybe the warm weather bought them over from somewhere. Are house crickets bigger then normal?

basque :rolleyes

AJL
10-17-2013, 01:52 PM
Some cockroach species also make a chirping noise -- I hope it's not that.

Clinton P
10-17-2013, 05:19 PM
Clinton P

Good thinking they could well have escaped and there is a pet shop a 5 minute walk from my house. I have never seen anything like them before in my life. At the back of the house there are lots of blackberry bushes. Dont know anyone who keeps reptiles. I thought maybe the warm weather bought them over from somewhere. Are house crickets bigger then normal?

basque :rolleyes

House crickets are closely related to the grasshoppers and locusts, and like them they have the hind legs which are modified for jumping.
The house cricket is typically grows to about 1621 millimetres (0.630.83 in) in length.
House crickets take two to three months to complete their life cycle at 27 to 32C (80 to 90F).
House crickets have a characteristic chirping noise, the sound has been likened to that of new born chicks.

Clinton P

basque
10-17-2013, 06:30 PM
Some cockroach species also make a chirping noise -- I hope it's not that.

AJL

No its not a cockroach. I know a cockroach when i see it. The creature hopped or flew upstairs to my bedroom then on to my dressing table.

basque :rolleyes:

Joe B
10-17-2013, 07:55 PM
The creature hopped or flew upstairs to my bedroom then on to my dressing table.

basque :rolleyes:
Just for bad dreams.

Sounds like an American Cockroach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cockroach) and it can fly.

Another goodie is the Palmetto Bug (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_woods_cockroach) and it can fly too.

American Cockroach is about 4cm long.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3b/American-cockroach.jpg/300px-American-cockroach.jpg

Palmetto Bug is about 4cm long too.
http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/roaches/eurycotis_floridana01.jpg

Pleasant Dreams
:behindsofa:

Clinton P
10-22-2013, 08:16 PM
"Experts have found the first venomous crustacean - a centipede-like creature that lives in underwater caves."

"The venom contains a complex cocktail of toxins, including enzymes and a paralysing agent."

Click here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24625424) to read more about this story.

Clinton P

kelvinb
11-01-2013, 07:38 AM
That is one colorful bug over there:P

Clinton P
01-18-2014, 09:16 PM
"To prevent becoming a meal, courting male black widow and hobo spiders 'twerk' their abdomens, drumming and tapping the web to show their good intentions.

Click here (http://www.livescience.com/42625-spider-twerking-protects-males-from-hungry-females-video.html) to watch the video (don't go there if you're arachnophobic).

Clinton P

Scarlet Ibis
01-24-2014, 05:10 PM
"To prevent becoming a meal, courting male black widow and hobo spiders 'twerk' their abdomens, drumming and tapping the web to show their good intentions.”

Click here (http://www.livescience.com/42625-spider-twerking-protects-males-from-hungry-females-video.html) to watch the video (don't go there if you're arachnophobic).

Clinton P

lmao Love it.

When I was googling for more, I found this. I don't think it's a spider, but it still amused me


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql3FZpJsHCM

Baltimore1937
10-15-2015, 03:29 AM
Here's an interesting little critter (Velvet Ant):

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151014-superpowers-of-the-near-invincible-velvet-ant

I occasionally saw them, always alone, in the swampy woodlands on Fort Stewart, Georgia decades ago. The version there was the red one; red and black.

Baltimore1937
10-28-2015, 08:03 AM
Halt male, half female butterfly:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-34603474?

Baltimore1937
11-27-2015, 07:12 AM
The kissing bug (Chaga's disease):

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/24/health/kissing-bugs-chagas-disease/index.html

Baltimore1937
12-06-2015, 02:10 AM
Watch out for those ornery Yellow Jackets!

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/pp-cfa120215.php

Baltimore1937
12-11-2015, 06:37 PM
World's biggest flies (gathering dust in museums):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151210-biggest-animals-science-insects-flies-new-species/

Baltimore1937
12-15-2015, 05:35 PM
Can't seem to scrub those mites off:

http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2015/12/what-mites-your-face-say-about-where-you-came

Baltimore1937
12-29-2015, 07:56 PM
Aedes aegypti mosquito and the diseases it spreads:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-12-28/brazil-faces-a-modern-day-plague

Baltimore1937
01-10-2016, 08:11 AM
India; fig trees and their wasps:

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/absurd-creature-of-the-week-the-wasp-with-a-metal-reinforced-needle-on-its-behind/

Baltimore1937
02-11-2016, 10:13 AM
Here's something for you bug lovers (a bumblebee making comeback):

http://entsoc.org/press-releases/rare-bumble-bee-making-comeback

Baltimore1937
03-17-2016, 07:28 PM
Alaskan butterfly:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tanana-arctic-new-butterfly-species-alaska_us_56eae681e4b03a640a69d0f3

Baltimore1937
03-27-2016, 01:57 AM
Monarch Butterfly:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/monarch-butterflies-extinct_us_56f6e5c9e4b0143a9b48699a

When I was a little boy in Madison, Wisconsin, these big orange butterflies were a common everyday occurance.

Baltimore1937
03-27-2016, 01:59 AM
Monarch Butterfly:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/monarch-butterflies-extinct_us_56f6e5c9e4b0143a9b48699a

When I was a little boy in Madison, Wisconsin, these big orange butterflies were an everyday occurrence in summer.

estevard
03-27-2016, 06:26 AM
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords ( http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-for-one-welcome-our-new-insect-overlords )

estevard
04-19-2016, 10:47 PM
http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/insects-have-consciousness-self-awareness-and-egos-160418.htm

"Insects are conscious, egocentric beings, according to a new paper that also helps to explain why and likely when consciousness first evolved."