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anyone know what kind of bug this is! "warning, scary"

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post #2 of 25
Yeah- its a NASTY ONE!!!
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
Yeah- its a NASTY ONE!!!
The kind you SQUISH!!! if you find it in your house!!! If it's outside, I guess you can just let it be. But either way it's icky!
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I think its beautiful. Notice how Mother nature gave her the larger spots so predators will think she's a much larger creature? I don't know what type of insect it is, though
post #5 of 25
ewwwwww I have never seen anything like it!
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It appears to be a beetle of some sort.
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Looks like a type of snapping beetle. They use the snapping feature to escape predators or to get away from people who want to squish them.
post #8 of 25
I like how you put it in Fur Pics, it musta been hairy!

I have no idea what it is
post #9 of 25
its this, a Western Eyed Click Beetle...

http://www.bentler.us/eastern-washin...ck-beetle.aspx
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any of approximately 7,000 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) named for the clicking noise made when seized by a predator. Most click beetles range between 2.5 and 18 mm (less than 3/4 inch) in length and are brown or black in colour with either little or no ornamentation. However, some tropical species are brightly coloured or luminescent. Click beetles have elongated bodies with parallel sides and bluntly rounded ends.


When a click beetle is touched, it falls on its back and plays dead. To right itself the click beetle bends its head and thorax forward, hooking a spine into a notch on the abdomen. When the spine is released, it makes a click, and the beetle is hurled into the air. Click beetles usually feed on leaves at night. Because they are attracted to sweet liquids, farmers once placed sweet baits in their fields in the spring to trap adults.

Click beetle larvae have a hard exoskeleton and are known as wireworms because of their long, slender, cylindrical shape. They can be destructive plant pests, attacking seeds, plant roots, and underground stems. The larvae live in the soil from two to six years. The plowing of fields in the fall can cut open the pupal case and destroy the wireworms. If necessary, applications of appropriate insecticides may help control wireworm populations.
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No idea what it is, but its awesome! How can people think bugs are gross and nasty? I think theyre beautiful lol (that doesnt mean im gunna touch it though!), and naw, I have no clue what it is.
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Most bugs totally freak me out when encountered in person. However, over the years I've gotten better about them. At least now I can stop and appreciate their appearance and the fact that they make up the bulk of the life on earth, and have been around eons longer than mankind. Some are very beautiful to look at too. Like this little beauty! I've never seen a beetle like that, but I find it fascinating and the description above is quite interesting.
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
No idea what it is, but its awesome! How can people think bugs are gross and nasty? I think theyre beautiful lol (that doesnt mean im gunna touch it though!), and naw, I have no clue what it is.
Um...... ewwwww!
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It's very cool how it looks like it has big eyes, so it looks like a bigger creature, like Bonnie1965 said.
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Thats one cool looking bug!
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Its a beetle - but notice the the "eyes" are not the real ones - the real head and eyes are in front of the painted ones. I've seen that same idea on moths and other caterpillers, beetles, etc. Its a defense thing to help scare off predators.....does it work on you?
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Normally I find bugs disgusting but this one is cool looking. However I don't think I would feel the same way if it was at my house.
post #18 of 25
Ewww that bug looks gross. I hate bugs.
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Thread Starter 
That is interesting. but I live in the east, what is it doing here? The other thing most interesting is the wire worm part, because they are what is destroying my tree, and I have even sprayed it for them. So that is the culprit! And I bet what looked to me like she(?) was backing into the bark, was probably her laying more eggs for her evil little kill a tree worms. I should have squished her Me thinks she better head for the hills. NO MORE WIRE WORMS!!!!!
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more research, they are in the east to the west. I copied this:
Click Beetle larvae cause significant agricultural and horticultural damage. Click Beetle grubs--also known as "wireworms" because of their elongated shape and hard exoskeletons (above right)--live in soil or dead wood for two to ten years, depending on the species. During that time, they chow down on roots and stems-- including those attached to corn, potatoes, tobacco, turf grasses, garden ornamentals, and a variety of legumes.
they have been in two of my trees around the bottoms. they big holes in the base of the trees and they eat the bark, or cause the bark to come off the bottom, killing the tree. they gotta go.
post #21 of 25
Eck! I'm outa here.
post #22 of 25
Oooh I'd be touching her so she goes onto her back and plays dead then wait for her to right herself - that sound cool!!!
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they have been in two of my trees around the bottoms. they big holes in the base of the trees and they eat the bark, or cause the bark to come off the bottom, killing the tree. they gotta go.
What type of trees? If the holes are very large you may be have a burrowing type of beetle, like a type of longhorn beetle. They make that little clicker beetle look cuddly.

As for insects being pretty, a lot of them are. There are a lot of these around lately with all the rain, http://www.uky.edu/Ag/kpn/junebug.jpg Green June bugs. Unlike the brown ones, these are usually out flying around in the daytime and not as prone to flying into stuff.
Dung beetles are very pretty too, that rainbow incandescent shine when the sun hits them. There's also several types of neat looking little moths. Unfortunately I never have my camera around when I need it.
post #24 of 25
Looks like an Asian Longhorned Beetle to me - very destructive of trees.

http://www.asian-longhorned-beetle.com/
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[quote=Liza24;1875525]its this, a Western Eyed Click Beetle...

Does it "click"??? I think he/she is kinda cute in an odd sort of way!!
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