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adam762
September 06, 2010, 14:51
Kids found it in the back yard. You wanna say caterpillar of some sort, but I picture caterpillars as fuzzy things you pick up and tickle when they crawl around on your hand. This thing looks like it could kill small mammals. If it's gonna turn into a winged insect then someone better notify the FAA.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii10/adam762/DSCN6524.jpg

Powderfinger
September 06, 2010, 14:59
Lock and load! :eek:

No idea what that is.

def90
September 06, 2010, 14:59
it's one of these:

http://hilarynelson.com/Hobbies/Bugs/HickoryHornedDevilCaterpillar

and it will turn into one of these:

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3334


Definitely leave it out somewhere that it will survive..

nwobhm
September 06, 2010, 14:59
Found one identical in my back yard on Saturday. No black, all green. Same size.

Firestarter
September 06, 2010, 15:00
Originally posted by Powderfinger
Lock and load! :eek:

No idea what that is.

I know what it is. It's my ex wife!

Powderfinger
September 06, 2010, 15:03
Originally posted by Firestarter


I know what it is. It's my ex wife!

You must have had some ugly kids. :D

Firestarter
September 06, 2010, 15:08
Originally posted by Powderfinger


You must have had some ugly kids. :D

Nah, they took after me. :tongue:


Now I wouldn't do this but....imagine the look on your buddy's face if you handed him a bottle of Tequila with that thing hugging the bottom of it! :eek:

Hellion Productions
September 06, 2010, 15:43
Mothra!

Quick, find two tiny singing girls to lull it back to Monster Island!

Best,
JBR

SWOHFAL
September 06, 2010, 16:13
Originally posted by nwobhm
Found one identical in my back yard on Saturday. No black, all green. Same size.

Might not be on the last molting. They are supposed to vomit up their guts before pupating, since they won't feed as adults.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis

ostrobothnian
September 06, 2010, 16:19
Shave it off and eat it. It's good for your complexion if you are going for the alien green martian look.

adam762
September 06, 2010, 17:18
Yeah, it didn't take long googling 'big caterpillars' to find what it was. I took a bunch of pics and turned it loose by the woodpile where the earth is soft and protected. If it's gonna burrow that's a good spot. You know, generally Ohio isn't know for being a state to go view nature, but hell, I've seen red foxes in my backyard, there's a bald eagle that cruises the river just south of town (saw it a couple days ago), trail cams are bringing back images of large cats more and more often, and the county south is known to have black bears. Cool what you see if you are outside and know how to look and be observant. Big friggin' caterpillars included.

4x401
September 06, 2010, 17:55
My first thought was, "Slimey, yet satisfying".:D

RG Coburn
September 06, 2010, 18:03
Originally posted by Firestarter


Nah, they took after me. :tongue:


Now I wouldn't do this but....imagine the look on your buddy's face if you handed him a bottle of Tequila with that thing hugging the bottom of it! :eek:

You're pretty brave sticking your Johnson into anything that looks like that.

martin35
September 06, 2010, 19:40
Centipede, some are poisonous and corrosive to the touch. Where I grew up rattle snakes crossed the road to avoid them, I was born smarter than a rattle snake who cannot climb a barbwire fence.
Centipedes and scorpions are what you see cowboys shaking their boots for in the morning.

Mebsuta
September 06, 2010, 20:24
Giant desert centipede is the most terrifying bug ever. I am not posting an image of anything like that.

Lockbar
September 06, 2010, 21:07
OK, that thing completely creeps me out.

GW870
September 06, 2010, 21:33
Huh, looks like bream bait to me.

GW

FAL freek
September 06, 2010, 21:43
Originally posted by RG Coburn


You're pretty brave sticking your Johnson into anything that looks like that. Mustv been a tequila night. Ya know the rule of that stuff, ya either wanna fight of f**k after consuming it. Does wonders for impeding judgement.

Haven't touched the stuff in almost 20 years myself. To this day if I even smell the stuff and don't catch myself I'll start gagging.

Mark IV
September 06, 2010, 23:05
That looks like the exact same one I found laying across my lips, nose and eyes when I woke up this morning!

martin35
September 07, 2010, 01:28
Was it crawlin' out or in?

gobbler
September 07, 2010, 05:44
Looks like a Luna moth, ask Andrew Zimmerman.....he'll eat it
gobbler

Abominog
September 07, 2010, 08:30
SWOHFAL is correct.

Let it pupate in 6" of dirt.

URBAN ASSAULT
September 07, 2010, 08:45
Lick it's belly a few times and wait to see what happens.

If you start smelling colors, and feel the need to hump a doorknob like it's a Playboy Playmate, you just might have found the next big hallucinogenic drug of choice.

Who knows, you could be millionaire in no time.

:biggrin:

-urban

Mark IV
September 07, 2010, 10:35
Originally posted by martin35
Was it crawlin' out or in?

LOL!:rofl:

gunplumber
September 07, 2010, 14:48
we have the giant desert centipedes out here but the largest I've ever faced down was around 4". Still an angry and very fast creature. Scares me more than our relatively placid scorpions. The one pictured is a "hairy" scorpion and they are burrowers and bigger than the "bark": scorpions which are far more dangerous (and they climb walls).

Centipedes are a little more scary to me than our highly aggressive (try to shoo them out and they charge you) sun spiders (which eat scorpions).

We get some pretty big moths out here - 5"+ In length. I wonder how big their caterpillars are? One landed on my door and I got a photo next to a tape measure - trying to find it.

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/02/11/striped-morning-sphinx-7/

the wolf spiders can get big but are mostly harmless - gotta try to get one to bite.

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/spidersun-01.jpg

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/spidersun-02.jpg

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/spiderwolf-01.jpg

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/scorpion-01.jpg

http://images.ibsys.com/2005/0901/4924236.jpg

Abominog
September 07, 2010, 14:55
BTW you have a walnut tree in your back yard. The reason you found it was because it crawled down to find a place to pupate underground.

You're pretty lucky, they're not very common that far north.

In late May/ early June hang a blacklight out back and see if any adults come to it.

BTW, these things can be good money. A single pupae is worth probably $10 and eggs are $20/dozen. Seeing as how a single female lays about 120 eggs, the cash can add up quick.

gunplumber
September 07, 2010, 15:01
Originally posted by Abominog
BTW, these things can be good money. A single pupae is worth probably $10 and eggs are $20/dozen. Seeing as how a single female lays about 120 eggs, the cash can add up quick.

what is the market? lepidopterists? or commercial

Ironhandjohn
September 07, 2010, 15:48
Guys who keep women trapped in pits in their basement?


http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/stomp13/buffalo-bill.jpg




Like this guy?




:tongue: :D

Mark IV
September 07, 2010, 21:55
Originally posted by Ironhandjohn
Guys who keep women trapped in pits in their basement?


http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/stomp13/buffalo-bill.jpg




Like this guy?

"It places the lotion in the basket."

MordeanGrey
September 07, 2010, 22:03
Originally posted by Ironhandjohn
Guys who keep women trapped in pits in their basement?


http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/stomp13/buffalo-bill.jpg




Like this guy?




:tongue: :D


Did you know the same actor is the police captain on "Monk?"

http://michaelontheair.com/blog/wp-content/myimages/2008/01/monk_desktop800x600_all_thumb.gif

He's the one on the right.

0302
September 11, 2010, 23:44
few years ago i went camping in the local mountains, summertime, slept on the tent floor, got up one nice morning, stoop up, back spasmed, i hit the ground, very great pain in the back, took me about an hour to crawl to the car about 10' away and get in, wife and kids watching the whole show, nothing they coulddo to help, went to the indian hospital, told it was a probably spider bite. spent two weeks on the couch in great pain, couldn't stand straight or walk farther than the bathroom, took about a year to really get over the pain, discolored splotches would come and go on my back, still don't really know what bit me, but i have a very great respect for God's littlest creatures now. i bought army cots to sleep on for the whole family for camping now.

adam762
September 12, 2010, 00:33
'Nog, if it's rare, then I just take pleasure in seeing it. It was damn fierce looking.

Mark, I did my active duty time in El Paso, so I'm somewhat familiar with your local fauna. I have a pic of a centipede that was over 6 inches I'm sure. It was running around out at Hueco Tanks once when I was climbing out there. B-I-G. You have some shit down there in the desert that will make people have some respect for nature, to be certain. I don't miss Black Widows in the corners of the barracks, or baby scorps crawling around the floor at night. You can keep it.

EinheitElf
September 13, 2010, 12:23
That is cool looking..definitely let it turn into the moth ...be neat to put a webcam in the area that it will complete the transformation.......having said that......that is FRIKKIN HUGE!!!!!!

Giant desert centipedes!? WTH? Damn nowIneed a bigger flame thrower.

I love watching,seeing,discovering things in nature while I camp,hike,etc BUT will admit....they must remain OUT of my clothes,shoes,tent,sleeping bag,etc or the 'instrument of retribution' will pay them a visit.