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Giant Water Bugs

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:12 am
by normsherman

More pics and info

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:14 am
by normsherman

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:05 pm
by Philippa
Eeeek! We used to get a version of those nasties in our swimming pools in South Africa, they made us leap out in terror and the sight of them still gives me the shivers - probably would have scarred me for life if I'd known they were after my juices! Although I don't remember anyone actually being bitten by one, there was a general consensus amongst us children it would be horrifically painful and rapidly lethal.

Ours had long whip-like tails that we assumed were the business death-dealing ends, but apparently those are just breathing tubes. Ugh. Bleugh. Shudder.


Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:45 pm
by normsherman
dear god philippa...

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:52 pm
by strawman
These hostile critters are called Toe Biters. First time I saw one, it was swimming after me. I could tell he was after my juices. You could tell from the attitude. It was either that, or rape. Let's just say if cockroaches were like this, we would have colonized Mars decades ago.

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:37 pm
by G. E. Lee
OMG, that's hideous.

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:31 pm
by Dustin
JESUS CHRIST, it is just like Starship Troopers or something! :shock:

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:37 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
What did those Tehtix look like?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:43 am
by bolddeceiver
Anyone here have a band? That first pic needs to be an album cover.

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:36 pm
by Philippa
bolddeceiver wrote:Anyone here have a band? That first pic needs to be an album cover.
Giant Water Bugs is a pretty good name for an album too...

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:18 pm
by Dustin
Well, looked what showed up on NPR's website: ... 288&ps=bb5

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:59 am
by normsherman
YUCK! AWESOME! sausage...

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:48 am
by Goldenrat
Cool. We see those big daddies flying around lights late in the summer. They are clumsey fliers so you don't want to get in their way. Two other cool bugs are cicadas and hummingbird moths. Cicadas make that cool loud buzzing sound in the summer. Creepy looking beasts, too.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:52 pm
by Dustin
Think about: if we start eating these freak'n critters, then they will start becoming scared of us instead. So, who wants to eat one first?

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:56 pm
by strawman
I think someone from Oklahoma, where they catch catfish by sticking their fists down the critters' throats and pulling them out by the tonsils, is the fearless sort I'd be happy to follow.

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:27 pm
by Dustin
I KNOW! That is freak'n crazy! I think it all started with someone who just hated catfish and would go around punching them in the face, only to have one of them open it's mouth and bite his fist :lol: