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Sep 1st, 2018 at 6:51pm
 
A couple in camo and a cicada?

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Reply #1 - Sep 1st, 2018 at 7:33pm
 
Cicadas are one of my favorite insects.
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Reply #2 - Sep 2nd, 2018 at 3:21pm
 
Eastern Click Eyed Beetle
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Reply #3 - 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.
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Reply #4 - 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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Reply #5 - 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
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Reply #6 - Sep 4th, 2018 at 6:16pm
 
rhino beetle
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Reply #7 - Sep 4th, 2018 at 8:07pm
 
cicada has made its exit by splitting open the back of its exoskeleton

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Reply #8 - 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?
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Reply #9 - 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  Smiley
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Reply #10 - 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

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Reply #11 - Sep 5th, 2018 at 9:19am
 
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My phone camera doesn't do these pics justice. They were a lot prettier in person. Especially the second one.
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Reply #12 - 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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Reply #13 - Sep 16th, 2018 at 9:20pm
 
Don't have a clue

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Reply #14 - Sep 17th, 2018 at 1:21pm
 
walter wrote on Sep 16th, 2018 at 9:20pm:
Don't have a clue




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