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    anyone have any photos of strange bugs / insects that you have taken while out on the trail or at home?

    these two arent very strange but, I thought they were knida neat, Hornworm and inch worm.
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    Tarantula Hawk Wasp


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    baby garden spiders....soooo much fun pulling the adults off your face after they string their webs up on narrow singletrack
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    Forgive me for I have posted this story before.

    Flying W, As you know I'm sure, the Tarantula Hawk wasp is pretty cool to watch. Pretty common in desert regions they hunt down Tarantula dens. Once they locate a Tarantula they attack and sting it rendering the Tarantula paralized but it doesn't kill it. The wasp then flips it over and lays her eggs on the abdomen of the Tarantula. Then the wasp is done with her business and leaves. The eggs hatch and the baby wasps feed on the LIVE Tarantula until its gone. The baby wasps then are healthy enough to go out on their own. Also the Tarantula Wasp is the second most painful sting to humans of all insects. And I can vouch for this having stepped on one and being stung. I was jet skiing at El Capitan resevoir east of San Diego and happened to step on one. We used to watch them hunt all the time out there. A very strong wasp that moves along tossing rocks and dirt piles looking for a Tarantula den. Anyway that sting was so painful I went to the hospital where they gave me a shot of something and pills to take for the next week. 10 animals that deliver the most painful stings and bites: Tarantula hawk | MNN - Mother Nature Network
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    Poo-eating butterfly's


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    Anyone have any pics of a Hickory Horned Devil Caterpiller? I travel down south for work some times but have yet to find one. I've seen lots of photos on the interweb but none up close.

    Nice photos to, thanks for sharing and keep them up.

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    We find several praying mantis' here at home every Summer into Fall. Captured two already this season. One brown and one green. Also caught a small female at my In-Laws house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    We find several praying mantis' here at home every Summer into Fall. Captured two already this season. One brown and one green. Also caught a small female at my In-Laws house.
    And whats your in-laws and wife think about that young man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And whats your in-laws and wife think about that young man.
    My In-laws want them off of their property since they realize these are introduced, not native.

    My wife is used to it but she still hates it nonetheless. Heck, I still bring home snakes, bugs, lizards, and the like for my daughter to enjoy. That part of me will never change. Probably the biggest attraction so far this year was the baby rattler I brought home from a client's house that I rescued. My daughter and I went on a hike up the hillside and released it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    My In-laws want them off of their property since they realize these are introduced, not native.

    My wife is used to it but she still hates it nonetheless. Heck, I still bring home snakes, bugs, lizards, and the like for my daughter to enjoy. That part of me will never change. Probably the biggest attraction so far this year was the baby rattler I brought home from a client's house that I rescued. My daughter and I went on a hike up the hillside and released it.
    I was talking about this little confession of yours. "Also caught a small female at my In-Laws house".
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    Oh, DJ....

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    next morning after a night ride, my friend left his window open to his truck. overnight, a spider built a web from the steering wheel to the back seat. Felt bad we had to destroy it (the web, not the spider)

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    this little guy was so cute
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    i love praying mantises...that one is super preg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    next morning after a night ride, my friend left his window open to his truck. overnight, a spider built a web from the steering wheel to the back seat. Felt bad we had to destroy it (the web, not the spider)
    Yep one of natures wonders a spider web. Scientists and engineers have been trying to duplicate the strength per thickness they have for years. Hasen't been done yet.
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    Licious, that's a Mama Mantis. Rephrase to "gal", not "guy".

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    This guy chased me and the wife home from the store yesterday...


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    This guy chased me and the wife home from the store yesterday...
    Holy giant praying mantis Batman, that sucka is huge. Glad you guys made it home OK, looks like a close call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwbikur View Post
    Holy giant praying mantis Batman, that sucka is huge. Glad you guys made it home OK, looks like a close call.
    Hey nwbikur just between you and me I think that may have been a tall tale RockerC was telling. Mums the word...K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hey nwbikur just between you and me I think that may have been a tall tale RockerC was telling. Mums the word...K.
    Oh..., ya, that's right. Shh. I thought something was just a little fishy about that story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Licious, that's a Mama Mantis. Rephrase to "gal", not "guy".
    How do you tell the difference Hawg?
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    Bugs / Insects

    I like watching spiders work from a distance. I hate the feeling of spider web across the face while biking. I am even more traumatized to have spiders crawl out of my boots while I'm wearing them
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    How do you tell the difference Hawg?
    Females are more full bodied with a shorter well rounded abdomen and wings not quite long enough to cover the abdomen in most cases. Males are smaller and more sleek. Their wings hang off past the length of their slim and elongated abdomen and they can fly quite well. Both sexes can be any shade of yellow, green, or brown.

    Male is the top picture, female underneath.

    Fun Fact: The female often eats part of the male while they are mating! Remind me to never mate with a female mantis!
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    "Females are more full bodied with a shorter well rounded abdomen" That is my kinda Matis right there.

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    Good info Hawg, didn't know that.

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    Makes me glad I live in the desert. We have a few black widows around the exterior of the house, and the only spiders I ever see on the trail are the ones that build their webs into holes in the ground. Aren't any trees for spiders to bridge their webs across the trail. I'll occasionally hit a dragonfly while riding too. Hate that, because they're so big.
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    ^ thats a fresh one, still uncurlin gits wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    Makes me glad I live in the desert. We have a few black widows around the exterior of the house, and the only spiders I ever see on the trail are the ones that build their webs into holes in the ground. Aren't any trees for spiders to bridge their webs across the trail. I'll occasionally hit a dragonfly while riding too. Hate that, because they're so big.
    Bro, I have seen more insects per capita in the deserts than in any other climate around the South West. Does that fact make your skin crawl?

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    Bro, I have seen more insects per capita in the deserts than in any other climate around the South West. Does that fact make your skin crawl?
    I guess I see relatively few bugs here (Reno, NV). I grew up in the Bay Area and that environment is perfect for all sorts of creepy crawlies. I like to keep the back door open at night before I go to bed, and bugs haven't been coming in, even though it's bright inside. A few mosquitoes and moths, but that's pretty much it. Those don't bother me at all.
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    i used to keep them as temporary pets. when their backside is that big, they'd lay eggs. i've had some lay eggs in captivity. i love mantises. they seem so scary, but i used to hold them and they'd eat bread out of my hand. it's also cool to see them put crickets in a headlock and start chowing into their heads.
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    I will see your walking stick and raise you one walking leaf, (katydid)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    I guess I see relatively few bugs here (Reno, NV). I grew up in the Bay Area and that environment is perfect for all sorts of creepy crawlies. I like to keep the back door open at night before I go to bed, and bugs haven't been coming in, even though it's bright inside. A few mosquitoes and moths, but that's pretty much it. Those don't bother me at all.
    Back door open at night?! Not afraid of the next serial killer or homeless zombies entering at will??? Or other more destructive critters like mice, rats, opossums, coons, rattlesnakes, Bigfoot...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Back door open at night?! Not afraid of the next serial killer or homeless zombies entering at will??? Or other more destructive critters like mice, rats, opossums, coons, rattlesnakes, Bigfoot...?
    Destructive creatures like some friendly neighborhood cats who like to hang out on the patio? But the back door is in my bedroom and that's where I spend most of my time, so I think I scare most of those creatures off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    Destructive creatures like some friendly neighborhood cats who like to hang out on the patio? But the back door is in my bedroom and that's where I spend most of my time, so I think I scare most of those creatures off.
    LOL! I'm taking that as though you are saying that you are scary like a mouse, rat, or other varmint.

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    Bugs are a trip. A bug that looks like a stick or a leaf. I used to see walking sticks in upstate N.Y. but I've never seen a walking leaf but I have a story about one.

    My x girlfriend was out to dinner in downtown San Diego with her x husband. She was at a fine restaurant eating on the patio. They were sitting eating their salads when all of a sudden he says "your salad just moved" her "WHAT" then all of a sudden a walking leaf left her dinner plate and walked across the table. They both stood up and screamed for the waiter. The whole restuarant, customers and staff came over and were in astonishment what they were seeing. The manager comped their food bill which they promptly left and never returned. As I'm sure many other patrons did as well. To hear her tell it just was hilarious.
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    Encountered a large male Mantis today while waiting to pick up my daughter from school.

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