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Message started by walter on Sep 1st, 2018 at 6:51pm

Title: Weird insects
Post by walter on Sep 1st, 2018 at 6:51pm
A couple in camo and a cicada?


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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Morphy on Sep 1st, 2018 at 7:33pm
Cicadas are one of my favorite insects.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on Sep 2nd, 2018 at 3:21pm
Eastern Click Eyed Beetle
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on Sep 2nd, 2018 at 3:31pm
    The Hummingbird Moth is probably the weirdest insect I ever saw.  Years ago my dad and I saw one marked exactly like a bee, like the one in the video.  For five minutes we stared at it and couldn't decide if it was a Hummingbird or a large bee, possibly a queen.  We were both wrong. Years later, after Dad had passed, I read about the Hummingbird Moth. Essentially what we had was a Moth imitating a bird imitating a bee.  Amazing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdyape_1Js8

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by kicktheotter on Sep 2nd, 2018 at 4:21pm
We actually have a colony of Argentinean cockroaches (and some woodlice and springtails as a clean-up crew) and they aren't particularly weird to look at but watching them is fascinating. I've come to the conclusion they are the guinea pigs of the insect world. They trundle about, are terrible at climbing, aren't all that smart, are always looking for something to snack on and I have no idea how they survive in the wild.

One thing about them that really makes me question how they've managed to survive for so long is that they are experts at drowning themselves. I had already heard about this so didn't provide them with a water dish and instead just made sure they got lots of fruits on a little plastic tray so they still got moisture.

A few babies managed to drown in some pooled orange juice on the tray. Less than a mm deep. They live in a rainforest! Boggles my mind. I still kind of think they are adorable even if they are as thick as two short planks.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 2nd, 2018 at 11:45pm
The assassin bug!  I see them in my yard from time to time. Nasty little suckers were the inspiration for the brain sucking bug in Starship Troopers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduviidae

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on Sep 4th, 2018 at 6:16pm
rhino beetle

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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on Sep 4th, 2018 at 8:07pm
cicada has made its exit by splitting open the back of its exoskeleton


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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Morphy on Sep 4th, 2018 at 8:17pm
I've told this story before but one time my wife and I were at a river in the Dallas area and the cicads were so loud we were having to yell at each other just to hear each other. It was awesome.

I have some pics of butterflies from the museum, when I find them Ill post them.

Walter, is this one of your interests? Insects?

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on Sep 4th, 2018 at 9:19pm
all natural things in creation. plants, animals, fish, reptiles, insects, birds, agriculture, pastoralism, nomadism... you get the picture. my SO and I practiced semi nomadism for at least six years using goats (the symbol of anarchy) and plants for our main source of sustenance.
what works well today, in the west is agriculture, hunting/gathering, pastoralism and semi nomadism.
just saying  :)

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by slingbadger on Sep 5th, 2018 at 6:44am

Kick wrote on Sep 2nd, 2018 at 4:21pm:
We actually have a colony of Argentinean cockroaches (and some woodlice and springtails as a clean-up crew) and they aren't particularly weird to look at but watching them is fascinating. I've come to the conclusion they are the guinea pigs of the insect world. They trundle about, are terrible at climbing, aren't all that smart, are always looking for something to snack on and I have no idea how they survive in the wild.

One thing about them that really makes me question how they've managed to survive for so long is that they are experts at drowning themselves. I had already heard about this so didn't provide them with a water dish and instead just made sure they got lots of fruits on a little plastic tray so they still got moisture.

A few babies managed to drown in some pooled orange juice on the tray. Less than a mm deep. They live in a rainforest! Boggles my mind. I still kind of think they are adorable even if they are as thick as two short planks.

Woodlice, or potato bugs do have one really weird feature, gills. If you can flip them over, you see a white, spongy attatchment on their rear. Those are the gills. This is why they have to stay in moist soil. The gills have to be wet in order to work


Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Morphy on Sep 5th, 2018 at 9:19am








My phone camera doesn't do these pics justice. They were a lot prettier in person. Especially the second one.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on Sep 11th, 2018 at 6:22pm
   This big guy is the Stag Beetle.  We used to find them all the time in Jersey when I was a kid.  I guess they're still around but I don't see them as much now.  As long as you pick them up from the back they are harmless.  They are huge.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on Sep 16th, 2018 at 9:20pm
Don't have a clue


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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Morphy on Sep 17th, 2018 at 1:21pm

walter wrote on Sep 16th, 2018 at 9:20pm:
Don't have a clue



"I'll take creatures that attacked the Enterprise for $500 Alex."

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by slingbadger on Sep 18th, 2018 at 6:23am
The Bombadier beetle. It has glands in it's body that produces chemicals. One is Hydrogen Peroxide, the other is Hydroquinine. When agitated, it can combine them and shoot them out at boiling temps. Not pleasant.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on Sep 23rd, 2018 at 12:09pm
  Me after having beans for dinner.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on Sep 23rd, 2018 at 12:16pm
Atlas Moth from Malay.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Morphy on Sep 23rd, 2018 at 2:47pm
Wow!

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on May 6th, 2019 at 9:09pm
saw this on a wooden fence today
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 7th, 2019 at 2:13pm
it's a moth.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on May 7th, 2019 at 6:17pm
hope not a hawk moth.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 8th, 2019 at 6:53am
why ?
hawk moths are cool :-)

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on May 8th, 2019 at 9:01am
they lay eggs that hatch horn worms

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Jauke on May 9th, 2019 at 2:55pm
The mole cricket looks like 2 different species glued together.


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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Jauke on May 9th, 2019 at 2:56pm
They can swim, fly,  dig, climb.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on May 9th, 2019 at 6:28pm
@ Jauke

That is one weird insect  :o

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on May 11th, 2019 at 8:24pm
Definitely weird.

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on May 24th, 2019 at 12:55pm
Meganeura:  An ancient Dragonfly ancestor with a wingspan of 28" or 70 cm.  Now that's a big bug.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meganeura

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by joe_meadmaker on May 24th, 2019 at 9:14pm

Rat Man wrote on May 24th, 2019 at 12:55pm:
Meganeura:  An ancient Dragonfly ancestor with a wingspan of 28" or 70 cm.  Now that's a big bug.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meganeura


I think this is one of those  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcyZ8pnAwcQ

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by walter on May 25th, 2019 at 12:16am
@ joe_meadmaker

L0L, thankful they went extinct  :)

Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by slingbadger on May 25th, 2019 at 6:22am
The ultimate- Arthropleura. An 8 foot long 21 inch wide centipede. It died out in the Carboniferous.
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Title: Re: Weird insects
Post by Rat Man on May 25th, 2019 at 10:46am
   Though not actually insects there were sea scorpions that got up to 27 feet long and spiders with bodies the size of football helmets in prehistoric times. Four foot long land scorpions could also be found.

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