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I’ll never get use to the bugs in Florida

 
 
jcboy
 
Reply Sat 2 Jul, 2011 06:48 pm
I was puttering around the back yard this morning and came across this new friend, cant say I want to get to close to it though. Its body is about 3 inches long. Some kind of beetle on my banana plant. Then I came across this giant grasshopper, my neighbor said these suckers would eat any plant in my yard.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bug.jpg

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bug1.jpg

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Aldistar
 
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Reply Sun 3 Jul, 2011 07:01 pm
That first one is what we call a stinkbug; we have them here in Texas too. If you get to close to it it will spray out some horrid smelling stuff that is hard to wash out. They like sunflower plants as well. Every now and then one of the cats or dog will try to eat one and they will immediately spit it out and foam at the mouth for an hour. The stink is a well respected repellant.

That grasshopper is huge! Are you sure it's not a locust?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 01:05 pm
@Aldistar,
that's what we call a warrior grasshopper here on the prairie. the drought has them not as thick this year.

they have no fear...
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jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 02:21 pm
Yes and those grasshoppers are huge around here, you have to kill them or they will eat every plant in the yard. Antonio caught one the other day in my salad spinner he took out of the kitchen.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 02:37 pm
@jcboy,
Aha, a household job for Antonio..
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 02:58 pm
Whatever you do, don't step on 'em ! ! !



It's immoral . . .
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 03:02 pm
@Setanta,
...but only if you do it deliberately!

Yeah jcboy, why on earth did you move from CA to FL ? The humidity alone would kill me, never mind those horrible bugs.
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Pemerson
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 03:12 pm
@Aldistar,
Are you sure that 1st is a stink bug? I find those here & there in the yard (Texas) but they don't seem to stink when you smash them. Looks like a Humvee to me but I think it's some kind of beatle. I think stink bugs look more like big gray June bugs. Interesting life, rolling balls of poop.

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Pemerson
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 03:23 pm
@jcboy,
I know what you mean, those Florida bugs. Have you seen a Palmetto bug yet? Frightening thing, it is. You get those when you don't keep the Palmetto psalm trees trimmed and the dead stuff cleaned out. We used to do that for my husband's parents when they lived there. After they died, we sold that house. The humidity is too too terrible. They lived in Venice and took that literally, building canals in the subdivisions. What they got was alligators. But, I love Fl. in the fall & spring.

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jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 04:48 pm
We left it in the salad spinner until we came home from dinner, now it's loose somewhere in the house. I won't sleep a wink tonight. Sigh.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bug-1.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:15 pm
@jcboy,
Cripes!

Well, it's probably not happy either.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:17 pm
@jcboy,
So, how was the salad? Better or worse?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:23 pm
@roger,
crunchy...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:23 pm
@Rockhead,
Sort of like jicama?
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jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:35 pm
It was living in the salad spinner for two days on the patio. He was feeding it bread and wanted to keep it. He brought it in the house, now it’s gone and the cats are searching for it. I’ll be sleeping with one cat tonight and he will be sleeping with the other one.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:37 pm
@jcboy,
I dunno about your cats, but Stinky, when he catches one for me in the middle of the night, he leaves it for me beside the terlet.

he's sure I will see it and thank him that way...
jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 05:43 pm
@Rockhead,
HAHAHA these cats know it’s in the house somewhere, one of them has been starring at the curtains in the living room. I’m not looking for it; Marco can find it when he comes home tomorrow.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 06:04 pm
@jcboy,
jcboy wrote:

We left it in the salad spinner until we came home from dinner, now it's loose somewhere in the house. I won't sleep a wink tonight. Sigh.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bug-1.jpg

There's an entire B movie monster film that could come from this mess somewhere. Confused Perhaps directed by John Waters.
jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 06:08 pm
@tsarstepan,
I love John Waters! Pink Grasshoppers perhaps? Wink
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 06:44 pm
@jcboy,
Of course pink grasshoppers. That goes without saying.

And the house sized grasshopper would be named Divinezilla of course.... Razz
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