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01 August 2008

what the hell is this? [warning: gross looking insect or water crab or something; if you're eating lunch, you might not want to look]
That's *got* to be photoshopped! But I'm forwarding it on to my entomologist wife anyway.
posted by danostuporstar 01 August | 11:30
Eww! It's covered with eggs and mites?
posted by ethylene 01 August | 11:34
Oh dear God. It looks like the head of a toothbrush that's been left sitting in scummy water for far too long, thus evolving with bacteria into a kind of horror toothbrush from hell.

posted by essexjan 01 August | 11:58
I thought they were symbiotes, but eggs/larvae sounds possible, too.

Whatever it is, it looks like it took a beating.
posted by lysdexic 01 August | 12:00
Why did I look? You warned me not to look. And yet I looked. Why did I look?
posted by occhiblu 01 August | 12:32
Have you Asked MeFi?
posted by essexjan 01 August | 12:36
Wife says "it looks like a cicada that's been (over)parasitized by wasps (parasitic wasps lay their eggs on a host; the eggs then hatch & burrow into the live insect, feeding on it"
posted by danostuporstar 01 August | 12:40
Same as occhiblu. I chose to look. I was ready for a crab or insect. I was not ready for the mucousy sheen of those eggs. Right away there could be no more looking.
posted by Miko 01 August | 12:41
danostuporstar: awesome! thanks a lot.

poor cicada though :\
posted by stynxno 01 August | 12:48
Wife says "it looks like a cicada . . .

I agree. Poor thing. It even looks sad.
posted by MonkeyButter 01 August | 13:03
MonkeyButter, are you the person I once saw posting something about being an entomologist who now works as an ecologist? When I read that, I thought for a second that my wife had become a bunny without telling me.
posted by danostuporstar 01 August | 13:13
HeHeHe. No. But I am a Cicada lover. My area is herbaceous plants.
posted by MonkeyButter 01 August | 14:23
Im an ecologist who now works as an entomologist.
posted by special-k 01 August | 14:54
ew, stynxno, that's gross!

feh, boys.
posted by lonefrontranger 01 August | 15:11
I know this makes me bad, but I kind of hate most of the insect kingdom.

Ladybugs excepted.
posted by scody 01 August | 15:51
You're not bad Scody. Not many humans enjoy the thought of insects crawling all over them, waking up with roaches in our ears, or having spiders crawl into our mouths and noses. Most bugs even look VERY alien and who knows what they'll do?!

Oh, and have you ever watched a ladybug eat its' prey? You might want to see that.
posted by MonkeyButter 01 August | 16:41
I'm not squeamish about most bugs, but a few just make me want to run and hide. Ikkyu had told me we had potato bugs around here, and from my midwestern upbringing I knew that potato bugs were rolypoly armadillo-like things that looked totally harmless, so no big problem.

Then the other night I'm sitting on the couch reading and this unholy mix of giant queen ant, giant termite, and giant alien OMG IT'S GOING TO EAT YOUR HEAD crawls out from under the couch, and I just started screaming.

Apparently Westerners and Midwesterners disagree on the definition of potato bug. Stupid Westerners. I'm going to have to start learning Latin names.
posted by occhiblu 01 August | 17:02
woodlice (potato bugs) are cute. Coloradans call 'em "roly-polies".

and holy fuck yeah, that jerusalem cricket thing? KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

don't even get me started on the earwigs and house centipedes at chez lfr. squick-o-rama!
posted by lonefrontranger 01 August | 17:11
Reminds me of a Suriname toad.
posted by StickyCarpet 01 August | 17:22
I'm usually not very squeamish about bug and stuff either, but ew ew ew that's GROSS!
posted by Specklet 01 August | 17:34
I thought I would share one last moment on this thread with the one bug that will ALWAYS freak me out. Here is a Dobson Fly. They are common in New England.
DO NOT CLICK the image links if you are easily freaked-out.
posted by MonkeyButter 01 August | 17:59
Not sure I want to click on MonkeyButter's link.

As I was viewing the above, Mr. V chose the wrong moment to look over at my screen. All I heard beside me was, "Oh, that's disgusting."

Made me giggle.
posted by redvixen 01 August | 18:13
posted by redvixen 01 August | 18:15
Well, I laughed out loud at the Dobson fly. What's that, some movie prop or something? Ha! Try to fool us!
posted by stilicho 01 August | 20:15
It's totally real. The second photo should be captioned, "I see what you did there."
posted by MonkeyButter 01 August | 20:30
Monkeybutter's looks like something out of Them!. I grew up calling occhiblu's a sowbug.
posted by brujita 01 August | 20:45
Dobson fly

That's a FLY? Jeebus, it's big enough to need FAA clearance to take off.
posted by BitterOldPunk 01 August | 21:29
ohgodohgodohdogohgod MonkeyButter.

posted by lysdexic 01 August | 22:21
shit, MonkeyButter, now I won't sleep for a week, 'preciate it.
posted by lonefrontranger 01 August | 23:00
Well, since we're talking about bugs and freakin' out, let me tell y'all about my morning.

We have a set of these 1950s type aluminum tumblers that we use daily... in fact we both use one as both dinner drink and bedside table drink for about a week at a time, esp. since we only ever drink water out of them.

Last night I didn't sleep well, and I woke up several hours before alarm time, and drank all the water in my cup, then laid back down and sort of snoozed for an hour or so.

I got up when I could tell I wasn't going to sleep anymore. This was about 5 AM. I thought, "I'll check email and then jump in the shower, and I'll be on time for a change."

I took my cup to the fridge, filled it with ice water from our Brita pitcher, then came down here to the computer. No lights were on in the house, so it was damn dark except for the glow from the computer screen.

I sat the cup right where my beer is right now. I started typing and surfing and whatnot and I heard a small sound... *ping* *ploosh*

It sounded like an ice cube cracking and rolling over in your drink. But I knew I didn't have any ice in my drink, only ice water.

I looked in my cup, and there was a HUGE camel cricket lying on its back in my ice water, swimming frantically upside down, trying to get out. I have no idea where it was or how the hell it managed to ring my cup of water, but I yelled loud enough to freak the cats, and clapped a coaster on top of the cup to keep it from righting itself. Then I did the heebie-jeebie dance. ARGH. All I wanted was to have some water and check my email in the wee hours... is that so much to ask?

Apparently. The offender was flushed away and I'm thinking about locking the cats in the den for the night. They love bouncy little bugs, unlike me.
posted by BoringPostcards 01 August | 23:17
Ah, hello special-k.
posted by danostuporstar 01 August | 23:19
BP, i am not clicking on that link because i am already all skeeved out because i know what a camel cricket looks like.

My first night in the south i was attacked by a giant flying roach that promptly disappeared behind my pillow. It's how Georgia says aloha.
posted by ethylene 01 August | 23:25
*cries at all the bug links*
posted by typewriter 01 August | 23:49
BP, at least it wasn't a bot fly larvae.
posted by arse_hat 02 August | 00:30
Pink to the rescue!
≡ Click to see image ≡
posted by ethylene 02 August | 15:16
I believe it's one of these: Giant Water Bug (or toe-biter, apparently). See also What's That Bug?.
posted by Wolfdog 04 August | 15:59
Yeah, good news for the cicada. The wife happened to be looking through a field guide and, wolfdog is right, its a water bug and those are her *own* eggs not wasp eggs.
posted by danostuporstar 05 August | 17:34
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