Monday, August 07, 2006

Bugs

ARMAGEDDON!

OK, maybe not, but check out what has been flying around my backyard in droves lately. If you read my husband's blog you'll know he's already written about this, but this morning they are nearing plague proportions.


It's called a Tarantula Hawk. Bigguns ain't they? They are aggressive waspies too. Don't piss them off. They chase my dumb gay cat.

The photo above was stolen from the interweb because no one in my house is willing to get close enough to one of these to kill it. I wanted to show you it's size and I'm definitely not holding one of these alive. Could you imagine the splat one of these would make if it hit your windshield at 75mph?

At this moment I have a good two dozen of them in my flowering scrub trees in my backyard.

It's named "Tarantula Hawk" because it lays it's egg in a tarantula. See, it stings the nice tarantula, the spider falls into a coma and then it unwillingly becomes an incubator to a cute little wasp baby.

What that means to me is that if I have Tarantula Hawks flying around by the zillions in my backyard is that I also have a zillion tarantulas legging about.

ARMAGEDDON!

13 comments:

  1. I believe I would fear the Spider less than that freaking alien-esque flying menace...good god I've never seen anything like that before.

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  2. Holy Crap!

    That's all I got to say about that.

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  3. holy - I don't even get as far as the crap. Anyone you know been stung?
    Dantares.

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  4. KILL! KILL! KILL!

    Where's that damned husband of yours? He's gotta be good for sumthin' besides producing beautiful babies and growing copious quantities of hair on his face! Send him out with some sort of fogger! KILL! KILL! KILL!

    Just don't send any in THIS direction. Anything that sends a tarantula into a coma on a whim is more than I want to deal with.

    Bo

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  5. Are those for real or just another fantastic Halloween item from your costume company? If they are real, they look like they should be from Australia where they have some really odd critters, but not from the US.

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  6. Those are indeed real. The first time I saw one after moving here I about pooped myself.

    Bo darling, they aren't bothersome if you just let them alone. The cat thought it might be good eating and then he decided he was misinformed.

    One of my husband's students was stung by one. Left a big hole in him. He was sore for a while but no biggy.

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  7. Still - Armageddin'outahere!
    Dantares

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  8. DARN! Those are some serious looking creatures. Maybe those are what we have flying around here. If not them, then I swear it's their cousins....not quite as big!

    UGH!

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  9. I stand by what I wrote:

    KILL KILL KILL!

    Bo

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  10. Oh holy s---! Are you serious about them nesting there eggs in tarantulas because that is really freaky. You don't live but a few years hours away from me. I don't think I could kill it any other way than chemicals.

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  11. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would never go outside with those things flying around, geez its as big as your hand!!!!!! And dont even get me started on big hairy spiders..I could never live there.

    I am going to have nightmares now, thank you very much LOL

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  12. Oh. My. God. That thing is huge! Huger than huge! I'm not squeemish but that's gonna give me nighttmares. The bug, not so much, but it's freaky reproduction technique... very Sci-fi B movie. It's curly little attenae are beautiful though.

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  13. It's photos like That that make me glad I safely live thousands of miles away.

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