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Post  Turan 6/3/2012, 12:59 am

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Images by Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture.

This is Larinus obtusus, a weevil whose larvae eat the seeds of knapweed an obnoxious weed of our pastures.

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Post  rjeverett 6/3/2012, 10:19 pm

Mine is one of my many little spider friends that love to web between the tomato cages. Nothing better than going out in the morning and seeing what little pests they've taken care of for me while I was sleeping!
Now if only I could get one to weave up a nice little "That's some tomato" in her web, I would be the talk of the town! Laughing
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Post  annamagpie 6/3/2012, 10:22 pm

I only rarely see these in western South Dakota but remember them fondly, growing up in Maryland. Such magical creatures!
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Post  cheyannarach 6/3/2012, 11:12 pm

We saw a bunch of lightning bugs in Missouri and I was determined to catch one, fail, lol. Very cool bugs!
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Post  llama momma 6/4/2012, 11:25 am

I really don't like bugs at all, but I do love this beetle! Had one just like it in the same color back in the 70's.
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Post  jillintx 6/4/2012, 11:59 am

I'm afraid I have to go with a tarantula right now. We're having a bad time with scorpions, and these guys eat scorpions and don't attack us. Sounds like a win-win to me!
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Post  SwampCatNana 6/4/2012, 12:25 pm

@Daniel9999 wrote:Monthly Avatar Theme For June: June Bugs! - Page 2 Spiny_flower_mantis_south_africa_ryan_3

My personal favorite...Spiny Flower Mantis.

THAT whole thing is a bug? pale How big do they get?
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Post  llama momma 6/4/2012, 1:42 pm

I don't like All these creepy bugs !
rofl
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Post  Goosegirl 6/4/2012, 2:03 pm

@llama momma wrote:I don't like All these creepy bugs !
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LOVE your June Bug, Llama! Monthly Avatar Theme For June: June Bugs! - Page 2 3170584802

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Post  llama momma 6/4/2012, 2:05 pm

Thanks. Back at you! Monthly Avatar Theme For June: June Bugs! - Page 2 3170584802
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Post  darci.strutt 6/4/2012, 9:55 pm

It will be a while before the zinnia bloom yet but my June "bug" is a butterfly dining on a Zowie Zinnia (from last August). I'm dreaming of flowers...
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Post  Daniel9999 6/4/2012, 10:30 pm

@SwampCatNana wrote:
@Daniel9999 wrote:

My personal favorite...Spiny Flower Mantis.

THAT whole thing is a bug? pale How big do they get?
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Normal Mantis size..this vid should give you an idea of scale.

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Post  SwampCatNana 6/5/2012, 9:18 am

Daniel - love the "big eyes" camouflage! They are beautiful but still scary looking.
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Post  Goosegirl 6/8/2012, 7:05 am

Okay, finally found one I really like: The Devil's Flower Mantis

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A 'Good Guy' as all mantises are.

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Post  llama momma 6/8/2012, 8:26 am

O M G
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that is a nigh mare quality bug

affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid
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Post  hopeless151 6/8/2012, 10:58 am

I found this eating my potatoes.... I think he and his two friends were lost. Aren't they suppose to eat tomatoes???
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Post  cheyannarach 6/8/2012, 11:17 am

I don't know if this was a good idea or not but I bought a mantis eggs at a local nursery, the curiosity got the best of me. The lady told me they leave in the fall before the weather turns bad and there is supposed to be 300 in the little cocoon. If it really works I am not so sure about running into them in the garden but I thought the kids would have a hay day because they are obsessed with bugs. I might even let them keep one or two if they don't freak me out too bad. Any thoughts?
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Post  hopeless151 6/8/2012, 11:27 am

When we were young, my brother had a pet mantis in a jar but she died and he never threw it out. Some time later my Mom was doing dishes and noticed lots of little green bugs. We didn't know the mantis had laid eggs. We checked the jar and hundreds of babies were crawling out the air holes of the lid and they were all over our house!!!
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Post  cheyannarach 6/8/2012, 11:44 am

I am afraid something like this might happen here, lol.
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Post  AvaDGardner 6/8/2012, 3:48 pm

@jillintx wrote:I'm afraid I have to go with a tarantula right now. We're having a bad time with scorpions, and these guys eat scorpions and don't attack us. Sounds like a win-win to me!

I'm with you! Mine isn't a bug either, but was bugging me. Can you imagine how it looked when it swung in front of my eyes?

It was like a scene out of Arachnaphobia!

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Post  jillintx 6/8/2012, 5:42 pm

Is that a black widow? They are so sneaky, and that one is way too close for comfort!
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/8/2012, 5:53 pm

I'm with you, Llama...this thread is giving me nightmares. Last nite I dreamed about owls, which was fine, but I know it was coz of that eyeball mantis!
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Post  Goosegirl 6/8/2012, 10:02 pm

@llama momma wrote:O M G
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that is a nigh mare quality bug

affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid

It is actually a GIANT Devil's Flower Mantis - females can get up to 5 inches tall. There is another Devil's Flower Mantis that is a bit smaller. Personally, I go for the GIANT!

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Post  llama momma 6/9/2012, 2:30 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:I'm with you, Llama...this thread is giving me nightmares. Last nite I dreamed about owls, which was fine, but I know it was coz of that eyeball mantis!

Yes, that one is remarkable! Shocked
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Post  mmathedrader 6/14/2012, 2:41 pm

Unobservant me... this is the first bug I actually catch in my garden, and that was this last weekend. Going to have to keep an eye out for an invasion.
This caterpillar was on my fennel... wrecked the portion it was lying on!

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