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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Brenda » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:18 am

Thanks! It's interesting how they hold their front legs forward while resting so that it looks like they only have two pairs of legs. Supposedly, it's to make them look even more twig like. They can also regenerate limbs as they molt, if necessary. I guess that we have an "infestation" of them this year, though I've not noticed any significant tree damage. I was reading that this will happen in particular if a piece of land is isolated by roads or streams, which we are. I'm not too worried about it, as the birds will bring them back into balance.
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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Bill_K » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:28 pm

What a great shot Brenda...I'm glad you grabbed the ruler, it gives a great perspective on their size. Especially for someone like me that has never seen one.
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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Brenda » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:32 pm

Thanks Bill! They are fascinating little creatures. I found some really interesting information about them in this article: http://northernwoodlands.org/knots_and_bolts/plant_eating_apparitions/ My front woods, where the guest cabins are located, have a wide variety of their preferred browse.
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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Brenda » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:25 pm

I am SO bummed. I had a beautiful orb web spider (species unknown) at one of my guest cabins. She was off to the side of the front porch, and I noticed her while I was cleaning yesterday. I didn't have time to get a photo of her before our guests checked in, and guess what? When I went down there to take some photos of her while they were out and about today, both she and the web were gone. :cry:
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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Matt » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:48 pm

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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Kelly » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:22 pm

No clue what these are. Not a fan of crawly buggy things. My guesses are......a baby snail and a giant terrorizing killer mosquito. How'd I do, Brenda?

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Re: September Bug-off

Postby Matt » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:28 pm

Giant mosquito?
Must be a a Crane Fly, which have just as creepy larvae.
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Postby Brenda » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:59 pm

Well, I don't know much about snails other than that the large species are very tasty with garlic butter!

The other photo is a female crane fly, but I can't identify the exact species. Unlike female mosquitoes, they don't bite. That one may have been gathering some nectar, though feeding isn't the first thing on their minds at this stage of life. ;) The larvae of some species can be a real pest though. Here's an interesting short Cornell News article about a couple of invasive species: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Aug05/crane.flies.invade.ssl.html
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