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Charlie
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# Posted: 7 Jun 2003 19:37


I mean if they have a place to bury themselves to avoid the extreme temps of the wave of fire and the freeze after. They can withstand that much radiation.


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2003 07:47


yay.. maybe any other survivors could put crushed cockroach on their wounds


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InZanadee
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# Posted: 12 Jun 2003 03:29


Okay,
All I can say is I am totally oooooged out!
I positively HATE HATE HATE bugs. Really! Keeping the crickets has been my major challenge with having my frog! I am so not kidding! My husband always challenges me with the scene from the second Indiana Jones movie where the woman has to stick her hands into writhing bugs to save Indy from being crushed. The answer is ALWAYS the same.
Sorry, honey, You're life insurance is paid up and you're a pancake.

Sandee
Icky bug hating woman


I don't suffer from mental illness, I enjoy every minute of it!
cheshireycat
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# Posted: 12 Jun 2003 04:35


Roaches are nasty.


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2003 05:15 · Edited by: cheshireycat


Whoa... I found out what those nasty "cockroaches" (not roaches at all) are that I see by the marshes!! They're giant water bugs. Yuck! They bite, they're poisonous, they live in and out of water, and they're the largest insect in the United States. They're the largest "true bug." Gross! Here are some nasty pics of these things (most sites say they get to 2-3 inches, but I see them between 3-4 inches in FL.. as big as my huge tads. A Florida site I'll post says they get bigger, but I'd freak if I saw one that big). And one on T.V. ate a huge frog. The ones here eat tadpoles and little fishies. Ewwww....

www.bugsincyberspace.com/hemiptera/waterbug1.jpg
www.bugsincyberspace.com/hemiptera/waterbug2.jpg
www.bugsincyberspace.com/hemiptera/waterbug3.jpg


And, sorry this is so long, but, here are some yucky facts:

Six to eight inches long with a flat, elongated segmented body. It has a pair of legs attached to each body segment.

Poisonous front claws behind the head grasp and kill prey.

Sting causes pain and sensitivity similar to that of a bee.

Treat affected area by applying an ice pack. Seek immediate medical treatment if allergic reactions develop.
Return to Poisonous Critters.



Giant Water Bug

Large, flat brown-black bug up to four inches long, it both swims and flies after prey.

Grasps victim with strong front legs and, like the assassin bug, it injects a tissue-dissolving venom that causes extreme pain and inflammation below the bite. Seek medical attention if you experience redness, swelling or an increase in pain.
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This creature is in the insect order known as Hemiptera, or the "true" bugs. The family is Belostomatidae, which consists of bugs commonly known as Giant Water Bugs (not beetles). The species in the genus Lethocerus, as this one is, are our largest belostomatids. So, the Giant Water Bug is as large an insect as you will find in the United States.

This is a giant water bug, the largest of the Hemiptera (true bugs). The first pair of legs are raptorial and used for catching and holding prey (arthropods, frogs, fish) so they can use their 'beak' to pierce and suck out the contents. The second and third pair of legs are flattened and thickly covered with hairs for swimming. These insects are capable of biting humans and, as they have toxic 'saliva', their bite is fairly painful.


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2003 06:00


funny site on florida bugs:

www.geocities.com/KindlyRat/Bugz.html


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Charlie
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2003 06:32


I think I seen one of those a few weeks ago in the grass. Getting pecked at by birds till I went out to see what it was.


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2003 22:36


NASTY!


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Charlie
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 06:43


it was seriously larger than my frogs.


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 07:48


Oh, yeah. Definitely! Well, your frogs are bigger than mine, but those giant water bugs are insanely huge


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