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dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 21, 2012 - 01:20pm PT
So I see we have the "Birds" thread. I figured It would be cool to have an "Insects" thread. Not sure if one has been started, but if so I can delete this one. Spiders and other Arachnids are welcome as well.
Feel free to post all insect/arachnid related stories, pictures, jokes, etc.. here.
I'll start off with a pic of the resident grasshopper(katydid) in my yard.

pretty cool how this guys body is camouflaged to look like a leaf.
pretty cool how this guys body is camouflaged to look like a leaf.
Credit: dirt claud
Credit: dirt claud
Credit: dirt claud

Edit: So I'm a space cadet. Just noticed I spelled "insects" wrong on the title for this thread (dohhh!!). Looks like it will have to stay that way unless I re-start the thread. Carry on.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#255797
photo not found
Missing photo ID#255793
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
I thought maybe "insetcs" was a new climbering gizmo. ;-)


Here's lookin' at you, kid!
Credit: Reilly

Sorry about the 'noise' but I had to shoot at high ISO.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
No pictures, but a question:

For the last few days, we've been visited by crickets. There seem to always be a couple of them hanging from the ceiling somewhere in the house.

And the question? Well, we live in Seattle, and I've never seen a cricket in my life -- most of which was spent in Canada, but the last ten years in Seattle. So why the crickets all of a sudden? It's been unusually warm and dry for the last ten days or so, but then, most years have a week or so of unusually warm weather. Why didn't I see a cricket before?

Not that I'm complaining. They're cute little guys -- beautiful green color -- and they don't do anything except sit upside down on the ceiling until they die, and then I find them on the floor.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
Crickets are a fact of life here in SoCal. In 20 years in Seattle I don't
recall a one either, just herds of wolf spiders marauding around the house
at night. Maybe you need more wolf spiders? I've never seen a cricket
on the ceiling here. Maybe yours have migrated in from Hanford?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
ever wander through a migration of Morman crickets? AAAAAARRGHGHGHG! Or how about the tarantula migrations down around Jakson south?? YYYYEEEAAAAARRRRGHGHGHGHG!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:03pm PT
I've a problem too. I have this nice happy family ensconced under my eaves.
Unfortuneately it is near the front door through which walks the World's
Greatest Bug-Hater who is demanding a pre-emptive strike. Despite my pleas
that my warrior days are behind me and that I'm all about getting along I
fear that I am going to have to compromise my values. What should I do?
Why can't we all just get along?

signed,
Going Buggy in SoCal

Credit: Reilly
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:06pm PT
Funny, I've noticed a marked decline in crickets here in NH since I was a kid. I've been wondering about that.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Reilly,

Wait until nighttime, when the entire swarm is sleeping. Then soak it with the spray bug killer of your choice.

( be ready to run like hell. sometimes newer, environmentally friendly bug killer takes a while to work )
this just in

climber
north fork
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Last time I was up at Tahquitz I noticed something I haven't seen before on the south side descent.

What looked like a dead leaf on one of the scrub oaks flew off. A moth or butterfly that is perfectly camouflaged as a dried up scrub oak leaf. Small brown wings and a dark green body.

So perfectly camouflaged in fact that in over 40 years of stomping around in So Cal chaparral, I've never noticed one before. Once I saw the first one I saw several so they aren't that scarce.

Not an oak moth, already looked that up.

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
I try to get along with them too Reilly, but if they get to close to my domain I have to do as Chaz recommended.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:27pm PT
Ron: Re your mention


ever wander through a migration of Morman crickets? AAAAAARRGHGHGHG!


Idaho hiking hazards:  Cheatgrass, burrs, & Mormon Crickets.
Idaho hiking hazards: Cheatgrass, burrs, & Mormon Crickets.
Credit: Fritz
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
wind scoprions----THOSE f*ckerz are AGRO and they scuttle right for ya! bugs-- the enemy within! I like lady bugs they seem docile...



edit: Fitz! Yeah and thats a small one! I RODE horses through a swath once- ill never forget that one. cannibals they are!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
The F-35 of the bug world:

Credit: Reilly
Tarantula Hawk wasp-you don't wanna get stung by one of these although as
opposed to the tarantulas they prey upon it will only feel like you've been paralyzed.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Had this guy take up residence on my shirt. He had some hops too.

Credit: StahlBro
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
I was just gonna post something about those Tarantual/Hawks. Got em flying all over the east county right now.
On that note. Here is a pic of a supposed Cuban Tarantula Hawk. SOB is huge.
I think a bullet in the arm from .38 special would probably feel better than a sting from this thing.
taken from: <br/>
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2006/08/11/cuban-tarantula-h...
taken from:
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2006/08/11/cuban-tarantula-hawk/
Credit: dirt claud
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 21, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
Tobacco Worms

TFPU

Sport climber
Idaho
Aug 21, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
Insects are cool animals.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Aug 21, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
Interesting this is coming up right now.I know,not an insect but I am currently in a battle with a black widow(as we speak).I'm in the process of pulling all reading material away from the wall where I've seen it the last two nights.I've owned this house for fourteen years and only ever seen one indoors.I watched it go back outside.Problem solved.These things are quik.It's in a spot that can only be reached via skinny vacuum attachment so I can't just smash it.Every time I simply turned on the hoover it takes off into the books and mags.Their are plenty outside and that's fine,but this one has provided uneasy sleep the last couple nights.Any thoughts,experiences,or suggestions.I hate these things and apparently the venom attacks your liver.My liver has been attacked enough ;)).
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