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    • It doesn't matter where you go in the world, look at the ground for a minute or two and something will surely walk by.

      Are we living on their planet or are they living on ours...who lives near you?

      When i lived in Louisiana a few years back this guy just came into the yard, ordinarily it would be just a cricket, but put a Coke can behind became a monster

    • You'd need an arena-full of fingers and toes to count the number of insects in the average American home. (Not including the mites living on our face, chest, back, groin and buttocks.)

      "There are in fact around 100 different species of arthropod — a category that includes spiders, insects, centipedes, and mites — that inhabit the average American home, according to the results of a biodiversity survey published in the journal PeerJ on Jan. 19.

      "That's not a measurement of how many individual bugs are in each home; it's a measurement of how many easily identifiable species the researchers discovered when conducting what they describe as the first "comprehensive survey of arthropod life in contemporary human
      houses." The total number of bugs is likely much greater."

    • Nice photo, Paul. That looks like a designer cricket. Cars with that color combo get the looks:

      I stumped Google looking for other crickets like yours with the gold trim package. Did you get gold paint at the hobby shop to add bling to your cricket?

    • If I were to say “cockroaches”, what assumptions would you make?

      I think they are typically associated with dirty run-down places, but the nice San Jose, CA neighborhood that I live in has a lot of cockroaches. You can find them in the sidewalks at night and neighbors are always complaining about them in their homes.

      Even though I see one quite often, I still jump every time a cockroach scurries away when I turn on the lights late at night!

    • I love your creepy crawlies! I'm happy to take photos of them when I see them but they seem to be missing here right now.

      Here are some from a visit to Chanticleer Gardens in 2017:

      Even better, here's a very large walking-stick insect of some sort, posing on the arm of a staff member at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.

    • Isn't it wonderful? I don't know its name but I think it might be some kind of walkingstick insect. It was living at the butterfly conservatory that I visit, the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, MA. Some of these large insects live in cages (of sorts) and the staff brings them around to show the kids. Guess they know I'm just a big kid with a camera!

    • little did I know few years ago when moving to NC, that I will get more than just a fair share of little creatures! Plenty of spider types too! This conversation made me search through my pile of quite unorganized impromptu pictures.. and here is one I found, it was just sitting on my house wall.. and didn't really seem disturbed whatsoever by me getting very close.

    • The ones that fascinate me most are spiders, and off those, the Wolf Spider we have around here are quite a show! Watching them hunting prey it's a feat, or the late evenings when I mow the lawn real late - their mirriad of green phosphorescent eyes in the beam of the mower's light!

      Few months ago I lost a small piece on my garage floor and while searching for it with a flashlight encountered a mother wolf spider with babies on its back!

      Now, they are not to be considered bugs of course! Sometimes they run away but come back or just duck and hide under some ledge waiting for me to turn away so they can enter, quite smart little critters.

      We also have the black widow which I have managed to avoid getting bitten thus far, they hide usually in shady places but their fluffy unorganized web that looks like a rarefied cotton candy gives their presence away..

      Another one is the zipper line spider, and I had about two or three of these almost ran into.. lol

    • I've been bitten by a black widow, not nice, the way it affected me was in my joints, i could hear them and feel them creaking, very strange sensation...then some muscle stiffening - not recommended!

    • Yikes, luckily they stay outdoors for the most part, and if one makes their way in the garage I usually spot it. I don't really need a bite, my arthritic joints provide sufficient entertainment as is.

    • This is from a frame of a video I shot in my backyard when it was raining and this poor spider was getting blown around.