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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Oh.. My.. god

Ok.. I used to live in an area that had big bugs... But this was a surprise... I found this guy on the side of my house today!



*shudder*
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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 11:02 AM
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...living as close to you as I do, I'm almost afraid to ask... just how big IS that thing??!

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Just a hair over 3"

Big enough to give me the heebie jeebies
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I hope you didn't hurt him?

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awesome !!!

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post #6 of 67 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 04:09 PM
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I remember as a child (that's about 30 years ago...) May bugs used to be very common and were even considered a pest. We used to "play" with them, they were part of our life. A year later they disappeared, and since then I have only seen single specimens of Melolontha melolontha every few years.

Not sure what happened to them, but they are sure impressive. Just imagine the noise they make when you step on one.
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Wasser? Did you spend your childhood learning the scientific name of every plant,animal and insect on earth. You are a walking encyclopedia!!!!

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I have seen these before... But not in BC.. it was a shock to see such a big insect here...

I didnt hurt him. He's living in an extra tnk with green leaves and branches at the moment. I found him interesting so I thought I'd observe it for a few days before releasing it.
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Wasser? Did you spend your childhood learning the scientific name of every plant,animal and insect on earth. You are a walking encyclopedia!!!!
Nope... Google is!!
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Yeah I found one of these, about 2-3" long, in my driveway many years ago. It was dead, but a fine specimine. Actually, quite unsettling to learn that such things lurk around my neighborhood :P

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That reminds of a rhino beetle I found in my driveway when I was a kid, now that thing was big. It's "horns" (for lack of a better word) were a couple inches long alone.
Have you ever seen a cicada up close? I heard there's supposed to be a bumper crop of them this year in the states.
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Yeah, cicadas look really scary! I would like to find one just to do some scary macro shots.
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That's nothing.







That's what gives me nightmares.

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Thanks Colin. Thanks a lot. Now I'll never be able to sleep again...

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You people all need to go spend some time in Costa Rica if you want to see some big bugs! They are all on 'roids and growth hormones down there I swear!!!

Colin, was that thing in your house?
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