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    Buggin'.

    I was just out at Lunch Loop. Above the Widowmaker, and especially Free Lunch, there are currently thousands of some kind of beetle buzzing about. Swarms in places, singles and triples in others. I don't recognize them, but then I'm no bugologist. Lots of hoppers too, but mostly these odd looking beetle-esque critters.

    Anyone know more about 'em? Like what they are? Migration? Or are they more Californicators moving in and taking over?

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    Wow. So it has come to this. You are hallucinating swarms of insects. I guess it was best to expect that in due time a total mental breakdown would occur.

    "No point mentioning those bats(or beetles)... The poor bastard(s) will see them soon enough." - slightly revised HS Thompson.
    Uh-huh, uh-huh. Okay. Um Can you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about uuhhh, things. Uhh... the things.

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    There are some weird bugs that are attracted to fire.. they must be heading to the Unc'
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    I was just out at Lunch Loop. Above the Widowmaker, and especially Free Lunch, there are currently thousands of some kind of beetle buzzing about. Swarms in places, singles and triples in others. I don't recognize them, but then I'm no bugologist. Lots of hoppers too, but mostly these odd looking beetle-esque critters.

    Anyone know more about 'em? Like what they are? Migration? Or are they more Californicators moving in and taking over?

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    They are Coloradicators, and they are an indication of things to come. It's a sign from Fo, an experiment on bugs with drugs gone bad. And no, it's not a conspiracy theory.

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    I was accosted by them last night. They smell like jolly rancher candy. Seriously. Catch one and then...hehe.........smell your fingers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPEEDMONKEY
    I was accosted by them last night. They smell like jolly rancher candy. Seriously. Catch one and then...hehe.........smell your fingers..
    Are you talking about beetles or Jr. high school girls?
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    I did notice what seemed like an insane amount of bee's the other day out there - all I heard was the buzzing. Hovering around every bush on Holy Cross - it was creepy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    Are you talking about beetles or Jr. high school girls?
    ROFLMAO! Just spit water all over the screen!
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    Got swarmed last night on Gunny, crazy.

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    If I'm not mistaken, the introduced tamarisk beetles 'swarm' while migrating to different drainages. How big are they? I'm out of town but would like to see a pic.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scary Mc
    If I'm not mistaken, the introduced tamarisk beetles 'swarm' while migrating to different drainages....
    Interesting. I have never seen beetles out there before, but the tammys sure are getting munched. Scary, you may be on to something!

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    I haven't seen the beetles. There's a pic of the suspected culprit in this article:

    http://www.discovermoab.com/tamarisk.htm

    Mostly I'm interested in how beetles begin, once they smell burning forest, to hunger for human flesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado
    I did notice what seemed like an insane amount of bee's the other day out there - all I heard was the buzzing. Hovering around every bush on Holy Cross - it was creepy.
    I rode Sun Park last weekend, there was a mile or so section that was absolutely swaring with bees. Impending apocalypse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeabout
    I haven't seen the beetles. There's a pic of the suspected culprit in this article:

    http://www.discovermoab.com/tamarisk.htm

    Mostly I'm interested in how beetles begin, once they smell burning forest, to hunger for human flesh.

    Ya might want to replace that pepper spray with Raid.

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    That's deffinitely NOT the same beetle. The ones at LL are just your standard issue stink-bug. At least that's what we used to call them.
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    They are the Western Conifer Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, a hemipterous insect (true bugs) in the family Coreidae. Speedy is correct in calling them stink bugs as they are one of several insects that are generically called stinkbugs. They are generalist feeders of pines preferably Douglas Fir but given the location I'd guess that they are feeding on Pinyons as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanMan
    They are the Western Conifer Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, a hemipterous insect (true bugs) in the family Coreidae. Speedy is correct in calling them stink bugs as they are one of several insects that are generically called stinkbugs. They are generalist feeders of pines preferably Douglas Fir but given the location I'd guess that they are feeding on Pinyons as well.
    Thanks for the lesson, Professor.

    So why are they here all of a sudden? Or *there* rather as I haven't seem them in our fair hamlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Thanks for the lesson, Professor.

    So why are they here all of a sudden? Or *there* rather as I haven't seem them in our fair hamlet.
    My guess would be some sort of breeding cycle.
    They're humping man, you're totally riding through a huge bugged out orgy.


    A related note: I grew up in rural N. California. Every Fall we would get these huge swarms of Lady Bugs. I mean really thick swarms, where you couldn't down a trail without killing hundreds with each step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    They're humping man, you're totally riding through a huge bugged out orgy.
    Ever get the feeling everyone is getting some except you?

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