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1 jaunte  Mon, May 23, 2011 5:32:27pm

Here's an up-close dental photo of the Tyrannobdella rex leech: [Link: www.sciencedaily.com...]
More fun for tropical river swimmers.

2 reine.de.tout  Mon, May 23, 2011 5:43:04pm

re: #1 jaunte

Here's an up-close dental photo of the Tyrannobdella rex leech: [Link: www.sciencedaily.com...]
More fun for tropical river swimmers.

Ewwww!
Those ARE some big teeth, and they are truly teeth, not just some tooth-like structure. Ugh.

3 CuriousLurker  Mon, May 23, 2011 6:46:49pm

The jumping cockroach is gonna give me nightmares, as did the gigantic flying ones back in Texas. Yeah, yeah, I know people say they're waterbugs, but IMO that's not true. American cockroaches can indeed fly, at east the adults with fully developed wings can.*

*No, I'm not gonna provide a link because that means I'd have to Google roaches and look at photos of them. I can't stand that as just seeing pics makes my skin crawl & itch.

Good lord, I knew they were fast, but....

American cockroaches Periplaneta americana are unique insects. First, they are the most ancient insects in the world. Second, these large (up to four centimeters long) red creatures are the fastest among all land insects.

In 1991, a world record was registered: a Periplaneta americana cockroach ran at a speed of 5.4 km/h. That means that for one second, the champion cockroach overpassed a distance 50 times greater than the length of its body.

To achieve a similar result, a man of average height would have to run at a speed of 330 km/h.

[Link: www.unisci.com...]

*gag*

4 reine.de.tout  Mon, May 23, 2011 7:32:56pm

re: #3 CuriousLurker

The jumping cockroach is gonna give me nightmares, as did the gigantic flying ones back in Texas. Yeah, yeah, I know people say they're waterbugs, but IMO that's not true. American cockroaches can indeed fly, at east the adults with fully developed wings can.*

*No, I'm not gonna provide a link because that means I'd have to Google roaches and look at photos of them. I can't stand that as just seeing pics makes my skin crawl & itch.

Good lord, I knew they were fast, but...

*gag*

*gag* is right.

My daughter screams a piercing scream of bloody murder when she sees a roach - scares me to death. And of course the Roi is always out of town when this happens, so guess who gets to take care of things? ewwwww.

5 CuriousLurker  Tue, May 24, 2011 3:40:29pm

re: #4 reine.de.tout

*gag* is right.

My daughter screams a piercing scream of bloody murder when she sees a roach - scares me to death. And of course the Roi is always out of town when this happens, so guess who gets to take care of things? ewww.

I'm with your daughter. I hate 'em. They're the worst bugs EVER. *shudder*

The small ones are bad and make me gag just looking at 'em, but...

My typical reaction on encountering one of the ginormous flying ones was to scream, grab the nearest item that could be used as a lethal projectile—'cause no way was I getting close enough that it might get on me—then fire at it as I ran for the door. Then I'd slam the door shut and jam towels underneath, hoping that it wouldn't be able to squeeze through any cracks and escape before someone could come kill it.

I'd spend the next 30 minutes or so trying to get my breathing & pulse back to a reasonable level, shuddering & gagging as I did so and imagining that everything that brushed up against me was IT . I'd be on pins & needles for the rest of the night (it was always at night), or until I had proof it had been assassinated. One more reason you'll never catch me down south again.

6 reine.de.tout  Tue, May 24, 2011 5:43:17pm

re: #5 CuriousLurker

I'm with your daughter. I hate 'em. They're the worst bugs EVER. *shudder*

The small ones are bad and make me gag just looking at 'em, but...

My typical reaction on encountering one of the ginormous flying ones was to scream, grab the nearest item that could be used as a lethal projectile—'cause no way was I getting close enough that it might get on me—then fire at it as I ran for the door. Then I'd slam the door shut and jam towels underneath, hoping that it wouldn't be able to squeeze through any cracks and escape before someone could come kill it.

I'd spend the next 30 minutes or so trying to get my breathing & pulse back to a reasonable level, shuddering & gagging as I did so and imagining that everything that brushed up against me was IT . I'd be on pins & needles for the rest of the night (it was always at night), or until I had proof it had been assassinated. One more reason you'll never catch me down south again.

CL - the little ones are inside roaches; we have regular pest control and don't have any of those.

The big flying ones are frequently outside ones that come in looking for water or whatever when it's dry. Here's a secret: Anything that sprays will stop 'em in their tracks and kill 'em - spray deodorant, spray 'n wash stain stuff, whatever. So just grab the closest spray can and point it at him (if you happen to see another one in your lifetime, I don't know what the pest situation is up in the great nawth!).


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