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Old 10-04-2005, 08:29 AM   #1
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Anybody Good At Identifying Bugs?

We have hundreds of these hanging out on the sides of our house! They hang out by the door too...and I am finding them in my hair after I go in the house. I think the neighbors are tired of hearing my high-pitched screams.

Does anybody know what they are??????

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It looks like a box elder bug:

http://www.cirrusimage.com/bugs_box_elder.htm
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We got a plague of yellow spotty things that look like half grasshopper half spider! My daughter screams and runs every time she sees one! What are they?
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Could it be a type of katydid? I think most are green, though. Maybe they're katydid nymphs?
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I just found this:

October 1. 2002 it looked like a grasshopper with way long legs like if a spider and a grasshopper mated or something and i think it might have been able to fly, im in the midwest, please tell me what this evil creature was that scared me nearly to death? jenny

Dear Jenny,
Was it green? It might be a species of katydid. Check out other letters on our site that go into details about the habits and life cycles of these relatives of the grasshoppers. It isn't really evil, and though they eat the leaves of plants, they are not known to occur in such large numbers to really be considered a pest. There are many romantic stories associated with katydids.


http://www.whatsthatbug.com/katy.html

It sounds like the same thing you're describing. Too bad no one seems to know what it is without a picture!
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It looks like a box elder bug:

http://www.cirrusimage.com/bugs_box_elder.htm
That's it!!!!!

A thank ya, meggie!!!!!!
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Box Elders are always everywhere in the early fall, at least they are in the midwest. They are harmless, but I think enough of them can damage trees. They especially like Maple trees.
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I had a pet Scorpion and a pet Tarantula........

* (doesn't ...really....... apply to this......... I'll shut up now)
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Mix a little liquid dish soap - any brand will do - with water. Just a small amount of
soap is needed. Put this mixture in a spray bottle ( a good one with a stream setting
will help you reach bugs even on the second story) and just spray the little buggers
where they sit (outdoors, of course, you nut). Just enough to get them wet - and they die.
Boom. Kaput. Adios. Bye bye box elder bugs.

Insecticides are not effective, but soapy water is. Heck, send the kids out to do it
several times a day, they love it ! (Be sure to lecture them on the evils of genocide, lest their little Buddha Natures suffer).
That's terrible!
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That's terrible!
Yeah, well...guess what I'm gonna be doing!
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Yeah, well...guess what I'm gonna be doing!


Go get 'em!

Poor things. Kind of reminds me of how I used to purposefully ride over these disgusting black beetles on my bicycle when I was a child...I had an absolute ball doing it.
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Cruel but needed....... So I guess we'll have to start grief counceling for all of the orphaned bugs, bugs who lost spouses, send rescue teams for the "not quite dead yet" bugs, set THEM up with free medical care and housing.... THEN we can start booking spots on Dr. Phil and Oprah for the purpose of plugging their new books...

... with names like LIFE ON THE BOTTOM OF A SHOE or RIDING THE DOG'S BUTT, WITHOUT GETTING BIT
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^ ^ ^

I watched a praying mantis catch and eat a bee this morning while out in my flower bed.

It was very cool to watch...in a sick way I guess.

I felt sorry for the little bee, he had no chance.

The circle of Life!!!
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