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2 inch mosquito

  1. Aug 20, 2005 #1

    Monique

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    2.5 inch mosquito

    :bugeye: I was having my dinner and all of a sudden I see something crawling towards me, a HUGE insect.. the thing is at least 2.5 inches big, never seen something like it.

    Quite shaken I ran to the kitchen to get something to contain it in, emptied a glass jar with black-eyed peas in it and tried to put it on it, but the thing barely fits in the opening so I retrieved a metal coliander and put it over it.

    I looked it up on the internet and apparently it is a long-legged mosquito, I guess it had been hibrinating and just wake up (it was dragging itself over the floor).. ack :yuck: NOW what am I supposed to do, release it to the wild (I'm not sure if I dare to touch that coliander) and risk letting it multiply? :surprised

    http://www.natuurlijk-een-tuin.nl/nieuw/leven/langpoot.jpg [Broken]
     
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    Leave the poor mosquito alone :mad: How would you feel if I put you in a glass jar?
     
  4. Aug 20, 2005 #3

    Monique

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    I could have put a pan on top of it, but then he would have been in the dark, so that's why I opted to empty the glass jar, and the coliander has holes in it :wink:

    Someone can catch a great fish with this, but I don't want it in my house! :cry:
     
  5. Aug 20, 2005 #4
    Atleast you're being somewhat hospitable
     
  6. Aug 20, 2005 #5

    Monique

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    Wait, here it is, apparently it is a cranefly and it's freaking me out!
    cranefly-hand.jpg
     
  7. Aug 20, 2005 #6

    dduardo

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    Is that your hand? It's pretty big.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2005 #7

    Monique

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    You think I'd let my hand near that thing?
     
  9. Aug 20, 2005 #8

    Evo

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    Aaack, I've seen those before. :yuck:
     
  10. Aug 20, 2005 #9

    Clausius2

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    How the hell do you dare to handle that horrible thing?. Nobody knows what illness could transmit you with its sting.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2005 #10
    Mosquitos are the one species of animals I truely want to eradicate from the face of the Earth. I hate them. I hate them with every fiber of my being. :devil:
     
  12. Aug 20, 2005 #11
    Agreed. Although these are CRANEFLIES.

    I would personally just let it go. It only lives above the surface a few days for mating, let it appreciate that short time.
     
  13. Aug 20, 2005 #12

    Hurkyl

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    Aww, it's so cute! o:)
     
  14. Aug 20, 2005 #13
    Deep-fry it and eat it.
     
  15. Aug 20, 2005 #14
    Mosquitos are just like humans...... the only ones that are bloodsuckers are females. :biggrin:
     
  16. Aug 20, 2005 #15

    EnumaElish

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    Now, now, grave... Females m's respond to surface temperature, so the order of their biting preferences is: pregnant human females, then human females, then human males.
     
  17. Aug 20, 2005 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    We get those here but much bigger. The last time Integral and Differential came by for dinner, we had quite a fiasco getting one out of the kitchen.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2005 #17

    EnumaElish

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    I'd use it in a science project, e.g., add a smallish frog into the mixture then see what happens (which one lives).
     
  19. Aug 20, 2005 #18
    YES! It will be like gladiators! Fight to the dealth for our amusement! :biggrin: :devil:
     
  20. Aug 20, 2005 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    Here we go. We got a picture of Integral just after he caught it.
    http://img106.echo.cx/img106/5947/flyingbob22cw.jpg
     
  21. Aug 21, 2005 #20

    Mk

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    That giant bug is trying to comb Integral's hair.
     
  22. Aug 21, 2005 #21

    Mk

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    :rofl:
    I don't think mosquito's have the brain capacity to feel complex emotions.
     
  23. Aug 21, 2005 #22

    Lisa!

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    I'm ready to keep it at my home. o:) Could you please lend your mosquito? :rolleyes:
     
  24. Aug 21, 2005 #23
    The long-legged mosquito and the cranefly both belong to the family Tipulidae (giant mosquitoes). There are many species, but they are totally harmless. They do not suck blood, like the females of the normal (small) mosquitoes do. They live most of their lives in a larval stage, and in the “flying stage” they either do not eat, or they eat a little bit of nectar and will only live for a few days (to mate and deposit the fertilized eggs).

    So they are not to be feared at all, and EnumaElish the frog will win or none will. I was surprised that you did not know these Monique, since they are so very common certainly in the Netherlands. I always saw so very many of them in the summer months. You can easily catch them by hand and throw them out; they always seem a bit drowsy.
     
  25. Aug 21, 2005 #24

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    Crane Flies are harmless. We call them Mosquito Hawks because they look like giant mosquitoes, but they aren't mosquitoes and don't bite.

    But, while I was surfing around to look up a picture of what a Crane Fly is because the one posted here is a huge file that's still opening (I got impatient and just looked elsewhere), I finally found out what the beast was that I had on the screen of an apartment about 6 years ago. Fortunately it was on the outside, but I couldn't get a good picture of it through the screen.

    If you want to see a SCARY looking insect, check out Dobsonflies! http://www.whatsthatbug.com/dobs.html [Broken] That sucker was as big as my pinky finger and those pincers are vicious looking!
     
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  26. Aug 21, 2005 #25

    Tsu

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    So is THIS a Dobsonfly?

    http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/5094/caddisfly2et.jpg [Broken]

    I was told they were Caddis flies, but they look more like yours, MB. These are all over the place here in Oregon. Well, at least they're all over OUR place. They're interesting, pretty and harmless. I like them. :approve: I like the look of their 'train track' antennae.
     
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