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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 12:17 PM
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Bug: looks like a cross between a cockroach and a shrimp. What is it?! (no pic)
I tried to search on whatsthatbug.com, but the site is so vast, and i have no idea where to start.

This thing is dead. It's mottled brown. It's curled up like a pill bug, but not all the way. Its exoskeleton is in sections like an armadillo. And it's got long legs, and very long thin antennae, and spikes coming out of its backside.

Anyone know what it might be?
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 03:44 PM
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1. Earwig?
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 06:14 PM
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6. ew - nope, I know what those look like
:hi:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 03:51 PM
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2. House centipede?
Edited on Mon Dec-25-06 03:52 PM by Kali
they are shorter than regular centipedes and have quite long legs. They are kind of delicate and I think not poisonous to speak of like the big orange and black ones we see around the desert.
edit: I just googled house centipede and there were three images right at the top - try that.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 06:15 PM
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7. I took a look -- that's not it
but thanks, kali :hi:
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 04:37 PM
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3. That's just Herb.
I'll miss his stories and his French onion soup.
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brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 05:26 PM
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4. Hmmm....
Could be the loathsome Potato Bug!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 05:43 PM
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5. The creepy crawly, fucking stupid Cockageorge.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 06:21 PM
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8. Bertha
are the bodies rather flat and they look prehistoric?

(and after you kill them, the legs that come off keep moving...)
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 07:30 AM
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11. I've only seen one and it was dead - but it wasn't flat
thanks :hi:
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 06:24 PM
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9. a silverfish?
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 07:30 AM
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12. nah... the legs aren't long enough, and it's not silver, and it's not flat
but thanks :hi:
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 11:23 AM
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18. After I posted, I took a look at brook's potato bug.
Check brook's link. :hi:
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caty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-25-06 06:52 PM
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10. Sounds like an
earwig:
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 07:31 AM
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13. nope, definitely not
:yoiks: I HATE those things! Scary!

I know the description I gave sounds like one of those, but I know it's not. Thanks :hi:
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brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 10:11 AM
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16. did you check out the potato bug? n/t
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 02:05 PM
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22. I know without looking that it is not a potato bug.
I don't need to look at that thing. After nearly stepping on one - barefoot - 25 years ago, I'll never forget what it looks like.

But thanks for playing.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 09:59 AM
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14. did you figure it out?
what is the body length? There is another animal like a silverfish called a firebrat that is darker and kind of hunchbacked but otherwise a similar "build". (I'm so curious as to what you have found, any way to take a picture?)
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 02:08 PM
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24. No, but atommom did! See her post, #17
:woohoo:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 04:13 PM
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25. aha! - a bit bigger than a silverfish or a firebrat.
a cricket.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 10:02 AM
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15. Oscar?
:shrug:
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 10:21 AM
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17. Cave cricket? They're showing up around here.
Edited on Tue Dec-26-06 10:41 AM by atommom


ETA that the color can vary, and the antennae are really long.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_cricket
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 12:39 PM
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20. cool picture
Imagine these in a cheap scifi movie after the atomic bomb "night of the Cave Cricket!"
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 02:07 PM
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23. THAT'S IT! THAT'S IT! THAT'S IT!
:woohoo:

atommom, you win the prize! An all-expenses-paid round trip to Cucamonga, CA! ;)

Thank you! Dang... you rock!
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 04:43 PM
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27. My pleasure! I've always had a fascination for insects.
But mostly, all I do with my bug knowledge is ID the critters my children catch. I used to sneak all kinds of animals into my room ... I'm trying to keep the lines of communication open with my own kids so I'm not caught unaware if one of their specimens escapes. ;)
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 11:47 AM
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19. Republican?
just a guess
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deucemagnet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 01:04 PM
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21. Where do you find all of these interesting creatures?
I'm still amazed by the wheel bug thread. :)
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 04:24 PM
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26. Charles County, in Southern Maryland.
We're in a small subdivision in a semi-rural part of the county. We're bordered on two sides by thickets of trees (of course, the whole area used to be a forest, no doubt home to native Americans, and until recently herds of deer).

So far the wheel bug has been the weirdest. I was bitten by a deer fly my first summer here. I danced and flailed and I don't think Mrs. V. has stopped laughing.

My favorite are the praying mantises - only because they're fascinating. I was shooting one once and it leapt onto my cheek. I screamed and flailed, and I don't think Mrs. V. has stopped laughing from that one either.
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