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First of all How's the food on the Nutrisystem plan? Many thanks for any answer or 2. 2nd question I got is.. If you have any bug or insect questions I'd be glad to answer them. I have a PhD in entomology and am actively teaching and conducting research in my field. Therefore, I am fully qualified to make up answers and sound authoritative in this area..

If you want me to ID bugs please provide at least a semi-grainy picture, the better the quality the better I would be able to ID it. I can ID bugs via description as well if you include where and when it was found and what it was doing..

Example question, What is the difference between a bug and an insect? Answer: Bugs are actually a specific type of insect called the hemipterans, which means half-wing because their wings are half hard and half membranous. They also have piercing-sucking mouthparts. Good examples of "True Bugs" are box elder bugs, stink bugs, assassin bugs but not ladybugs. Ladybugs are beetles. Ladybugs are also known as lady bird beetles and lady beetles..

Tis the season for insects!..

Comments (93)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can help you..

Comment #1

I actually get this question a lot. I show off tarantulas (Chilean rose-hair) to about 800 kids every year. My answer is always, "It's your mother's fault". Mothers teach us to fear all sorts of things. If you were to show a big hairy spider to a baby they'd love it and hold it and call it George. By my observations, about 1 in 20 kids has an OVERLY protective mother and they are usually the one out the door at just the mention of "spider". They are also the ones that are COMPLETELY mesmerized with the spiders if I can convince them to actually hold one...

Comment #2

What are those fake ladybugs? The ones that look just like them, only a little more orange, and bite!..

Comment #3

Asian beetles. They stink to hell when you crush them as well...

Comment #4

Unrelated but if you know a frog or toad guy drop these by him. They have claimed my swimming pool as their own. I live in Louisville Kentucky. Just took these shots tonight...

Comment #5

Oh, I think I knew that. They're especially annoying when I'm trying to work out..

Hey, great new picture! OK, I'm leaving the Men's Room now...

Comment #6

The full common name is multicolored asian lady beetle. They are "real" lady beetles. They are native to Asia but were introduced to the U.S to help fight the soybean aphid, also from asia. What wasn't known at the time was that they need to find a cave during winter because they are not very tolerant to cold temperatures. Unfortunetaly, our houses are essentially caves and suit their purposes quite nicely..

Their name is a great description because they can be red to orange and have from 1 spot to 17 (if I remember correctly)..

The smell comes from their blood. 1 asian lady beetle in a batch of grapes will ruin it for wine production..

They do bite and bite hard. A fellow researcher voluntarily stuck his hand in a bag full of asian lady beetles for a long period of time and they did cause open wounds on his hands. Normally, that wouldn't happen. But they do cause wounds on peaches and some fruit. Normally, they prefer aphids though..

For control please don't spray insecticide in your house for these. I would vacuum them up then replace the bag right away. Don't spray insecticide in the vacuum cleaner! Yes, someone did do this..

If you insist on using an insecticide in the house try "insecticidal soap" first. Read the label..

During the winter months the beetles don't eat or cause damage to your house, but they do stink and their corpses pile up if they are in large numbers. In the fall I would seal the house up, maybe hire a professional pesticide applicator to spray OUTSIDE your house. The biggest thing is to seal the windows and doors up. Don't forget about the window air conditioners, they can find their way through those things no problem. In the spring, when they become active again, I would just open up the windows and doors and let them out. Let 'em at the soybean aphids.



One more thing, there are several beetles from asia. Multicolored asian lady beetle, Emerald Ash borer, and asian long horned beetle. The last two are a BIG threat to our trees...

Comment #7

Thanks, Ted! Very interesting and helpful explanation..

I don't have a problem with those beetles invading my house, though I sometimes find them dead in the garage. Mostly they just bite HARD when I am working out. (The researcher who let them bite his hand must be crazy!).

The bugs that do collect on my house and really get annoying are boxelder bugs. Will those damage my house? What can I do to get rid of them? (I hate applying pesticides.)..

Comment #8

Try this website,.

Http://bioweb.wku.edu/froglogger/.

A little hard to tell from your picture but maybe the mountain chorus frog?..

Comment #9

Yep the only reason I know about the Asian beetles is one of my classmates had one land on her nose. She made a ninja like defensive swipe at it and crushed it on her nose. The resulting stench triggered a facial expression that was priceless. From princess pretty to disgruntled child in under 30 seconds...

Comment #10

Box elder bugs are harmless. But depending on your perspective pretty annoying, especially in large numbers. I would try the insecticidal soap. If you want to red-neck it, you can try a high concentration of dish soap and put it in a spray bottle or just fling it at the swarm. They are pretty susceptible to that. Oh, if you go the dish soap route, I would try some that doesnt have lotion or lots of fragrance in it...

Comment #11

Also It seems my basement has become the stomping grounds of the Rabid Wolf Spider. Any recommended course of action for removing them? Thankfully they're not web builders. I know they cant hurt me, but they're freakishly fast and creepy..

Also Ive been to the WKU site, sadly their pictures aren't that helpful. I may forward those pics to my schools biology department...

Comment #12

Frogs can be identified by their song as well. That WKU site does have some song links. I'm also the frog guy at school but I usually need the frog in hand with my keys to figure them out. A tricky thing with frogs and toads is that there can be some color variations..

Cool spider, we don't get the Rabid Wolf spider in iowa. My best recommendation is to remove it's food. Which means there are other critters in your basement eating other things in your basement. You could very well have a very diverse ecosystem going on down there starting off with a little dampness leading to mold and moss leading to detritivores and herbivores which of course leads to carnivores like the Rabid wolf spider. Not an easy solution here, because I'm essentially asking you to dry out the basement which can be a big deal in a lot of homes..

If you have an immaculate basement then they may be accidental invaders?..

Comment #13

If I bring the frogs inside, they'd likely handle the spider situation. Honestly the Wolf Spiders aren't bothering me much. They just make me wish I'd never watched Arachnophobia. Wheres John Goodman and a flamethrower when you need him...

Comment #14

That movie easily quadrupeled the arachnophobiacs in the world. There was another one about 10 years older that I watched as a kid. Spiders were reproducing like crazy. They were killing the cows and wrapping people up in their web. That messed with me for awhile..

However, reality is MUCH scarier than science fiction..

Http://www.alchemyimageworks.com/ima...der3_small.jpg.

Not my picture, but camel spiders or super freaky...

Comment #15

There were asian beetles around my house, now they were replaced by ants.. I see my moms boyfriends dog eat them and other insects from time to time.. it was weird when I first saw the dog do that.. I was like why are you eating that....

Comment #16

Is there anything that eats the Love Bugs we have here in Florida?..

Comment #17

Ewww!.

(Just had to say something girly while I was here, but you do have to admit it's pretty gross. Leaving the Men's Room now ...)..

Comment #18

Lovebugs are also called honeymoon flies. They are really a fly, they get the name because all that swarming going on is actually a mass orgy. Here are a couple of lovebugs doing their thing..

Research is actually showing that the larvae help plants grow because they eat the extra thatch and decaying matter..

What eats lovebugs? LOTS of things do. Here is a bit on them from Univ. of Florida's Website..

Predators Reduce Lovebug Flights.

During the past several years, both the April-May and August-September lovebug flights have been substantially reduced in North Central Florida. This reduction in the population is partly attributed to predators. Larvae aggregate in extremely high numbers in pastures and other grassy habitats. This makes them vulnerable to foraging birds. Lovebug larvae have been found in the gizzards of robins and quail. Although examinations of the stomach contents of armadillos have been negative, observations suggest that they, too, may be excellent predators of the larvae..

Laboratory studies using invertebrate predators found in lovebug infested pastures indicated they were voracious predators too. These included earwigs, two species of beetle larvae and a centipede..

There are several things that can be done to lessen the problem facing motorists. By traveling at night motorists can avoid the insects; lovebugs reach peak activity at 10:00 am and stop flying at dusk. Traveling at slower speeds will reduce the number of bugs that will be spattered. A large screen placed in the front of the grill will keep the radiator fins from clogging, and will protect the finish on the front of the car. If a large screen is not used in front of the grill, at least place a small screen behind the grill in front of the radiator..

Spattered bugs should be washed off the car as soon as possible. Lovebugs are more easily removed, and the chance of damaging the car's finish is lessened if the car has been waxed recently. When the remains are left on an unwaxed car for several days, the finish will often be permanently damaged. Soaking for several minutes with water aids in their removal. When lovebugs are numerous, some motorists spread a light film of baby oil over the front of the hood, above the windshield and on the grill and bumper. This practice will make their removal a simpler task...

Comment #19

Alright, it has to be said, so I'll say it..

Ted, you bug me...

Comment #20

Okay, here's a question.....

How come we can actually receive pictures from a deep space probe that shows views of Jupiter, AND we have devices to plumb the ocean depths, AND we have jets that can fly much faster than the speed of soundbut we cannot eliminate all spiders from the planet?.

I don't care if they have a role to playI don't even care if some crazy people like them. Horribly poisonous snakes supposedly have a purpose and we could do without those, too!.

Cancers we can conquer. AIDS is being bested. We can eradicate plagues and virulent disease....but those damned spiders just keep crawling around being all spidery..

Tell the truth now, isn't it true that you PhD types are part of a vast conspiracy to prevent all the good ideas for eliminating spiders? You can't make me believe we couldn't get rid of them if we wanted to! This is America, by God and we can do anything..

Clearly there is some group (which I think is secretely you guys) who are interfering with progress toward eliminating "the spider problem" in this country!.

Isn't it time you fessed up and broke the secret covenant you have all made?.

~J~..

Comment #21

Here's one...why did you post this in the Men's Room??? Didn't MY lice conversation prompt this thread?.

Oh, I have to find the picture of this insect I found last summer in our driveway...It was the weirdest thing I ever saw! It looked like a moth, very colorful and furry and huge ! We have some weird ass looking things here in South Carolina....

And, is it true that the "love bugs" were man made! the first year we moved here they were really bad, swarmed houses, cars, everything!..

Comment #22

OMG, I totally didn't see the thing on lovebugs until after I posted!LMAO...i should read first...

Comment #23

Wow, funny I should run into this thread today on my weight loss forum!.

My daughter has been at JROTC camp all week and they stayed over night in Oscar Scherer State Park Wed...after she got home and showered yesterday afternoon she came out and showed me a blister on the back of her arm...it was weird because she had no other "anything" no itching, redness or rash...nothing. The lady at youth group told her it was poison ivy but it clearly wasn't. After a lot of research I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about a little varmint called the blister beetle.

That's one crazy, nasty bug...so far no allergic reaction and she's making sure the blister doesn't bust..

Do you know anything about this bad boy of the insect world?..

Comment #24

It is absolutely a conspiracy. The more critters there are the more jobs there are for researchers. In fact, we regularily release new pests into the environment to create more jobs. These are all man made of course because we have been able to create new life forms for about 50 years now. Now take this all in. These new pests also raise the price of food crops because now farmers have to spray more insecticides or even use genetically modified crops (insert deep echoey voice here)...

Comment #25

Poly has been begging for an insect thread for weeks. But yeah, your lice post was a catalyst. Why the men's room? Probably because this is home for me besides the Hardcore Hoff thread...

Comment #26

Actually, I do know a lot about this beetle. Very cool cat. Releases a chemical called cantharidin which burns the skin. They are very common in alfalfa and can actually kill horses fed alfalfa with blister beetles in them. I can't really tell you for sure if it was a blister beetle that got your daughter. I have handled them many times and never was zapped but there are some pretty gross pictures on the net of blister beetle burns.

They are generally soft bodied for a beetle and their abdomen sticks out beyond their wings. They are pretty big as well, maybe an inch long...

Comment #27

Also, women are welcome in this thread and if anyone says otherwise I will send a plague of mayflies in their general direction..

And you thought lovebugs were bad...

Comment #28

Thanks Ted....I showed her a picture and she said they were everywhere...I guess we will just wait and see if it spreads or does anything different. I hope it was one because they say the bite is harmless... I at first thought it was a friction burn from carrying those huge ruck sacks for 19 hours straight (kinda rough for a 17 yr old girl) but she's the one who wants to be a Marine so man up.

...if you think of anything or hear of anything I'll be watching this thread..

Comment #29

You don't get the blisters from the bite of a blister beetle. You actually have to injure them or crush them. Some may be able to release it through their exoskeleton but I am not 100% sure on that..

Cantharidin does have some medical use. Here is a site for "Beetle Juice Wart Treatment".

Http://www.forces-of-nature.net/topi..._Treatment.htm.

Another really cool insect that releases an exothermic toxic spray is the bombardier beetle. They are not closely related to the blister beetle..

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-wVFLucTks..

Comment #30

I had those at my house once. A lot of them. They were all over the front porch. I sprayed em down, and they just kind of disintegrated over time. Left a nasty red stain on the porch...

Comment #31

What are the really big black ants called? I have noticed some around my house..

They look just like a normal ant but they are much bigger and solid black...

Comment #32

I KNEW IT! (que the theme song from X-files.....).

Darned insect PhD's. Spider lovers! Why doesn't Congress do something? Where's Mulder and Scully?.

~J~..

Comment #33

Those are likely carpenter ants. I'd check for dead wood around your house and remove it. They can be a big problem if they infest your structure..

Http://www.pestproducts.com/black-ants.htm..

Comment #34

Talking about ants...anyway to get rid of the tiny, tiny black ants for good in the house? I poured my son cereal yesterday and there they were in the tupperware container.gross...(the same son with the lice.lol) I seal everything with our food sealer or ziplocks or tupperware.....

Comment #35

This may be a myth but Ive heard sidewalk chalk can stop ants in their tracks. Pretty cool if true..

* draws a circle around the picnic *..

Comment #36

Ted, we have a problem with camel crickets (or cave crickets) where I live in New Jersey. This Spring they are out of control. I actually have glue traps by my side entrance to catch them. Any insight on these crickets. They are the ugliest things I ever saw. The first time I saw one, I thought it was a huge spider and when I went to swat it, it jumped practically in my face...

Comment #37

We have these weird bugs kind of like a sliverfish, but bigger and sorta centipede looking (but indoors). Never seen them other than in Richmond, Va...

Comment #38

Camel crickets are pretty sweet looking. I always get excited when I find them out and about in the wild. But they are not so great to have in and around the home. Sounds like you have an established population around the house and it is likely they are going to be making their way into the house once the summer heats up. Especially if you have a dark cave like basement or crawlway. It is best to strike early with these guys.

If they do get established in the house I would enlist the help of a local pesticide applicator..

I would first recommend NON-chemical control methods. See this site for more info:.

Http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/no...elcrickets.htm.

As a general rule I don't recommend specific insecticides because there are different rules and regulations throughout the world. I would consult a local lawn and garden shop to see what they have in stock. Go with the least toxic stuff they have first..

These buggers do cause damage to a wide variety of things in the house but not neccesarily to the structure of the house. They may eat stuff like paper, linens, and books..

Just found this website: I don't endorse any products on this site but they do have accurate info if you want to educate yourself some more..

Http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/camelcrickets.html..

Comment #39

Perhaps a house centipede? If so, you have other critters that he is eating. Completely harmless to humans but will freak the.

Unappreciative.

Out!.

Recent "conversation" my wife and I had when one ran accross the floor.

Me: Oh cool a house centipede!!.

Wife: Killit!Killit!Killit!Killit!Killit!Killit!Killit!K illit!Killit!Killit!..

Comment #40

Wouldn't surprise me at all if that were true. Ants leave pheromone trails down that they will follow back to the nest or out to a food source. Chalk would definetely disrupt that. The ants would probably go over it after awhile but it could buy you some time for your picnic on the sidewalk..

I might try this if I ever have some chalk at hand and want to mess with ants...

Comment #41

I have to agree on wife here. *herk* I would gladly eat the bbq pork wrap than have to deal with an infestation of these..

Their legs just keep twitching after you kill them! And they have no fear! They charge! When you're on the toilet!.

My ex used to call them fast eyebrows, cuz that's what they look like when running across the floor. We used to have them bad at an old apartment..

*shudder*..

Comment #42

Do you know anything about small snails (not slugs) in the garden? They are driving me crazy. I put Sluggo bait out but they are eating my plants..

I saw the first one a couple years ago and thought they were cute. Little did I know, I now have thousands. They came here with a greenhouse plant..

They look like this. Only 1/4" to 1/2"..

Comment #43

How about Stink Bugs? We cant get rid of them in my house, they are every where and nothing works on killing them. Creepy Medieval looking buggers!!.

Http://quad9damage.files.wordpress.c...3/stinkbug.jpg..

Comment #44

You could have a battle on your hands, I was going to suggest a beer bait but had to look up the recipe. This website has LOTS of suggestions, including beer..

Http://www.ehow.com/how_4031_rid-snails-slugs.html..

Comment #45

Yeah, Ted. That's the bug. What's it eating? Should I maybe keep the place better policed up in terms of dishes washed right away, not left on counter overnight, etc? I mean place is pretty liveable and I have a cleaning service every 2 weeks. But I cook and eat at home a lot too.....

Comment #46

Awwwm, he's so cute, and just a baby. Doesn't even have his wings yet..

This is what the eggs look like..

Couple of questions. Is your house sealed? Do you have a lot of lights on at night? Are there lots of field crops around like soybeans and corn? If you answered No, yes, yes, then you are set up to have lots of stink bugs..

I'm not sure what to suggest for the little buggers in the house already. I'd probably just start collecting them and letting them go outside. Less forgiving folks would squash em' and throw them away or flush them down the toilet. I personally wouldn't spray for this particular pest. There are sprays that can be applied to the outside of the house which have some residual protection if you want. Some can be applied by the homeowner but most people would hire a professional.

They are actually stabbing you with their mouth rather than gnawing on you...

Comment #47

I've never seen anything like it before. Sorry, I also agree with your wife, Ted. (Guess I lack your enthusiasm for bugs!) I would freak out if I found that in my house. The worst invader I have seen so far was a centipede crawling on the wall. Eww!..

Comment #48

Thanks, I read the articles. I do pick them off the plants when I can but there are to many to get them all. I try to stay organic so it will be an endless fight..

I have to laugh at one statement about using beer to trap them. It states;.

Don't drink the beer after it has been used as a snail and/or slug trap...

Comment #49

Well, I suppose if you were a drunken college student who ran out of beer and were desperate for more, slug beer might be tempting...

Comment #50

He'll eat anything he can catch..

He's the lion of the house, i.e. top predator, unless you have big spiders or a cat around as well. Usually the starting culprit is moisture. Make sure you don't have dampness under your sink (bathrooms and kitchen) and in the basement. If you dry the place up you essentially shut down most food chains..

You are asking for bugs to come on in and help themselves if you have dishes in the sink for long periods of time or food debris is collecting under the stove. If I were a bachelor I know I'd have a huge pest problem from that simple fact..

Most likely there are only a handful of the centipedes in the whole house. So if you kill/catch a couple you have already decimated their population. Like most solutions with home invaders, make sure the place is sealed and use chemical control only as a last resort...

Comment #51

I missed that! I know that wouldn't stop a few buddies of mine...

Comment #52

How about insect bites? I get bit by EVERYTHING! Can't hardly leave the house in the summer without spraying OFF all over me!..

Comment #53

I went for a dusk bike ride yesterday. Had been a hot day and finally broke the heat with evening. Air was denser and lots of bugs out. got bit by things and had them fly into me. I blame you, Ted..

That said, there were bunnies all over the place, enjoying some Woundwortless summer. And all kinds of birds on the ground. I think this is a big procreation time of the year.....

Comment #54

You must be really sweet!.

Actually, there is some interesting research being conducted on this. I'll focus on mosquitoes for a minute since they are the all time biggest killer of humans. It has been shown that in generall mosquitos are attracted to the CO2 being exhaled. They are also really attracted to foot odor. A friend of mine was conducting research in africa trying to determine what types of chemicals were attracting mosquitoes. He discovered his dirty socks worked just as well as the synthetic attractants he was testing..

Now, I am not saying you are a heavy breather with stinky feet! Some people may produce repellents that prevents them from being bitten!.

Http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6847440/.

This article mentions that in a herd of cows, a couple will produced repellents that protects the whole herd. Wierd..

In your particular case, reevaluate your perfume/deoderant selection. I would also use a repellent that has DEET in it. There is some high concentration stuff out there but you will likely be fine with a lower active ingredient concentrataion..

There is some controversy going on about the safety of DEET..

Http://www.naturalnews.com/001586.html.

Http://www.articlesbase.com/health-a...s-1288980.html.

I personally use it when I head out to the field or I am camping. I would refrain from using it every day though and I would only put it on the kids when there is an immediate insect pest problem. It wouldn't surprise me if DEET were banned or severely limited in the near future..

Hope this helps. The bottom line, your biochemistry may just be very attractive to critters...

Comment #55

Speaking of sex. IMO damselflies are the most romantic group. See the heart?..

Comment #56

DEET can damage some types of clothing as well...

Comment #57

What about Larder Beetles in the house? I see them go after food the cats drop around their dishes. I vacuum them up but they keep coming back. They get into food in the cupboard too..

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Comment #58

Another pest in the house are grain/flour/pantry moths. I use the sticky traps, that works well, and I just about got rid of them all. Darn pests...

Comment #59

Thanks for the info Ted!.

We went hiking a couple weeks ago and we were hiking along side a riverbed that winds it's way up to a small waterfall. We have done this hike many times but this day there were a billion ladybugs flying by us off and on the whole way. Maybe they all hatched at the same time?..

Comment #60

Definitely a larder beetle and an Indian meal moth..

The larder beetle first. It is a type of dermestid beetle. They general eat anything that was once alive. Hide, leather, carpet, natural fibers, cotton, stored grains etc. etc. etc.



The Indian meal moth is a stored grain pest. The larvae are wax worms..

You definitely have a problem on your hands, especially if you have regular infestations. First and foremost find out where they are coming from. Dog/cat food, open containers of cereal, flour, bird seed, oatmeal etc etc. Open up the pantry and look in everything. I had nice populations of similar pests in a long forgotten box of oatmeal with a corner slightly opened. Once you remove the food you have fixed your problem..

The above works for both the larder beetle and the Indian meal moth. However, with the larder beetle you may have to broaden your search to that deer head mounted over the fireplace, that dead raccoon in the attic or a fur coat in deep storage. They like feathers too so check your feather boa...

Comment #61

Thanks.

I don't know how the Larder beetle got in. I am still fighting them..

I know the moth got in in some bird seed I stored in the cupboard. I got rid of it/them all and all bird seed now is in my shed. The moth larvae eat into all pantry dry goods and cat food. A real mess...

Comment #62

I saw some of these in our home in NJ! We also had spiders, so I guess thats what they were after!.

My boys love finding rollie-pollies! They are pretty awesome....

Ever get a palmetto bug in your house? Now that would freak you out! (i think they make most of their home in SC with all the other crazy looking bugs).

Still looking for the picture of that furry/huge moth looking thing we had last year...must be on my old computer...hmmm..

Comment #63

We had those in my old apartment. My cat absolutely loved hunting them down...

Comment #64

OK, I have a question that's been bugging me..

What's the deal on these June bugs, and why are they all suicidal? They hurl themselves at my patio door and kill themselves all the time. I thought it was the light, or the cooler air inside, but they do it with my garage door, too. Every morning when I get up, there are at least a dozen dead beetles right outside the door. Do they really hate their lives that much?.

And the other one that drives me crazy is the mayfly. I can't get 'em to stay outside, so they come in and fly around for a little while, and then I find 'em dead a day or so later...

Comment #65

Ted, thanks for the info on camel crickets. They really gross me out. I do have a crawlspace underneath the house. I will investigate the info you sent. Our neighbors have problems with them as well...

Comment #66

Here in Colorado the spring time fun we have is with Miller Moths. Man they can get into anyplace (I don't care how tight you have your house sealed, they will still find a way in). Luckily they are short lived and it's only for a few weeks to a month as they migrate that we deal with them. My kids used to be terrified of them (they'd get around the night light and you'd see this monster moth silhouette on the wall.

).

Http://cbs4denver.com/local/miller.m...2.1030561.html.

Http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopEx...ts/millers.htm..

Comment #67

Like Robin - I wonder about the June Bugs also. I scoop them out of the pool so they don't drown. We usually do not get them until July!..

Comment #68

June beetles/bugs are HORRIBLE fliers. You are right about the light, I don't know why they would like your garage door unless there is a light above it..

Mayflies in the house has stumped me before. Friends of mine live near a lake and had a bunch in their basement toilet. That was wierd. The mayfly lifecycle usually involes 2+ years as a juvenile in water, like a stream or lake. There was no way they would have grown up in that toilet. If they are getting into your house, check the screens and shutter the windows at night.

One species of mayflies holds the record for shortest adult life..a few seconds. Mate and die baby. The females of many species often lay their eggs AFTER they die...

Comment #69

I have my brothers DVD right now. I almost forgot to watch it. I'll report in later on my opinion...

Comment #70

Thanks for that info, I hadn't heard of miller moths for quite some time. It was interesting to read that "miller moth" is not a name for a specific species of moths, but rather what I would call SBMs that get in the house..

SBM= sh*t brown moths..

SBMs are usually some color of brown or grey and fly at night. Their family name is noctuidae which means night moth. I also learned a new word from your article: mottephobia or the fear of moths. Second only to arachnophobia, fun!.

And as I ramble on here is a question I asked on a freshmen biology exam:.

True or False: All spiders are arachnids but not all arachnids are spiders..

Comment #71

You are so sweet to save those beetles! The larva of June beetles/bugs are your classic grubs. They spend several years in the soil eating their plant of choice then emerge as an adult beetle. They are also called May beetles but I have never heard them referred to as July beetles! These grubs are common pests of a corn and other grass, especially turf grass AKA golf courses and lawns..

Oh another thing, they belong to the family scarabaeidae (pronounce Ska-RAB-iday) or Scarab beetles. It is a really big and diverse group of beetles including the sacred scarab beetles of the Egyptians, dung beetles and rhinoceros beetles...

Comment #72

I'm gonna go with true. Assuming that scorpions are arachnids and not spiders. I didn't google it, that is my guess...

Comment #73

I edge trimmed my mom's sidewalks. Had not been done for many years, so lots of sod and dirt unearthed. There were all kinds of grubs dug up and then I watered it down. So there were worms and grubs. A bunch of birds came and ate them. I'm just sayin'.....

Comment #74

Love all your info Ted! I bet your boys love having a dad that know everything there is to know about bugs!.

I scoop the bees out of the pool also...

Comment #75

You know Poly, those grubs are full of protein. You could chomp on some of them for a change of pace to your egg whites. Or toss some of them in your eggs or Poly salads...

Comment #76

I remember the Miller moths from my time in Colorado, too. The Mayflies remind me of them, actually, because they get into my house the same way. The second I open the door to let the dogs or in or out, no matter how much I try to shoo them away from the door and turn off the lights in the house, they race in. And once they're gone, we get geckos doing the same thing (but they're not bugs/insects, obviously)..

There IS a security light near my garage door, so that must be what's attracting them. Maybe I'll try pointing it the other way...

Comment #77

Speaking of protein, you are digging me, aren't you.....

Comment #78

Ok so I watched District 9 last night. It was a pretty good movie. I usually rate a movie better if I can't predict how it will end. It had enough twists and turns to keep me interested. I did fast forward through a couple of spots because it was getting late..

How come the little ship that got shot down could suddenly control the mother ship? Did it get close enough or something? And if they had their mysterious fluid why did they have to stop at earth in the first place? When is the sequel coming out - District 10?.

The aliens obviously were not insects because they didn't have 6 legs but I suppose you could classify them as arthropods...

Comment #79

Beginning was better than the end. He was going to make it very dark, but then they decided to make it an action movie for dollars. I liked it still. Different.....

Comment #80

True. As Poly mentioned there are arachnids that aren't spiders like the scorpion (and I haven't tried to google that either)...

Comment #81

You guys are right. Arachnids are actually a pretty diverse group..

Spiders and Tarantulas.

Daddy longlegs (not spiders).

Ticks.

Mites.

Whip scorpions/Vinagaroons.

Pseudoscorpions.

And one of the wierdest, Camel spiders..

Comment #82

Dude... So wrong... I open up this thread and just about choked on my water with that HUGE picture... Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight....

LOL..

Comment #83

How come daddy longlegs are not spiders? Off to googling.....

Comment #84

Sorry frazzz...well I guess I am not really, that was the affect I was going for..

Poly:.

Spider: two body parts (cephalothorax, abdomen), venomous, spin silk..

Daddy-long legs: 1 body part, no venom, no silk.

They are actually in a different Order. Spiders are in the order Araneae, and daddy-long legs are in order Opiliones..

Now, I do have to back track a bit, there are true spiders called daddy-long legs out there but I've only heard of them out in california. (On Myth Busters)..

Comment #85

What are daddy long legs that you see gliding over creek water doing? What are they looking to eat?..

Comment #86

Those are water striders, they are actually insects. They are looking for any prey items that may be stuck on the surface of the water, like a moth or a fly. Also, another tidbit of info, the only insect to exist on/in an ocean or sea is a water strider. No other insects exist under water in the oceans and seas. There are some brine flies that can exist in extremely salty lakes...

Comment #87

I wanted to tell you I have been doing a lot of searching on-line for ideas to control my snails organically..

I found some great suggestions..

1. mix vinegar with water to spray on them ( that was okay but I.

Found out vinegar can be a weed killer and could hurt plants) so that was out..

2. next I found to mix ammonia with water, 2 water with 1 part ammonia..

(ammonia is nitrogen so plants like it) I spray lightly on the snails and.

They fall off and die quickly. I am careful not to soak the tender plants..

It works. So I am getting them under control. This also kills slugs fast...

Comment #88

We keep getting these paddling type bugs in our pool, I think they're called boatmen. How can we get rid of them when our pool is saltwater instead of chlorine?..

Comment #89

Gently separate bugs from water with this.

Apply moderate to heavy pressure with this..

Comment #90

Ted, I thought of another one..

There is some bug that is eating holes in on the leaves of my hosta plants. I haven't seen the bug, but I know something is eating them. What do you think is the culprit?.

I know that it's basically impossible to kill hostas, but I would still like for the leaves to look decent...

Comment #91

Ted ~ awesome thread! =) Thank you for inviting us gals in. I LOVE insects. lol I wanted to be an entomalogist for quite a few years. Still considering it actually - but I love all sciences so it's really hard to decide..

This thread is especially fun because we have less insects here in Washington than the majority of the world. The ones we do have are mostly polite and stay out of the house. We DO have true daddy longlegs here though. (LOVED the Mythbusters episode where they debunked our classic myths about them!).

P.S. I love spiders!..

Comment #92

Kelly- You might have slugs/snails. Check the hostas in the evening and see if you can catch them in action. Snails and slugs LOVE hostas..

There are lots of remedies for slugs, there is something called "sluggo". I just read an article that suggested spraying cold caffeinated coffee will deter them, and Obie (see below) has a concoction with ammonia in it. All interesting ideas. But to be honest with you. Your probably not going to fix your slug/snail "problem" And like you said, the hostas are very hard to kill. Although very large numbers of slugs will make them look ugly.

Who knew!..

Comment #93

I think I am going to need a picture in order to recommend anything..

A saltwater pool? Do you float better in it?..

Comment #94

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