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(Mother Nature Network)   90% of the bugs in your backyard are good. Here's how to identify the other 10%   (mnn.com) divider line 13
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12016 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Jun 2012 at 11:47 AM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-06-29 09:19:22 AM  
3 votes:
I have an easier system:

Does it bite, sting, or suck blood from humans? It's a bad bug.
Does it leave humans alone? It's a good bug.
2012-06-29 03:20:10 PM  
2 votes:
I farking hate yellow jackets with the fire of a thousand suns, but I've been stung by worse.

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Cow Ant. Stung on the back of the leg while fishing. I always assumed they were harmless because as a kid I'd play with them and never got bit once. They're impossible to squash with your foot without employing the "stomp and twist" method...else they'll just spring back up off the ground and scurry off. The sting was worse than a hornet, swear to jeebus. Leg was swollen for days and I couldn't sit in a chair without being constantly reminded of it. But it paled in comparison to being hit by one of these...

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These, ladies and gentlemen, are called Tarantula Hawks. And they're called that for a reason, they're goddamned tarantula assassins. They literally swoop down out of the sky like an Apache helicopter on a strafe run, touch down right next to the big spider, and do battle with it on the ground like a couple of arthropod gladiators, and let me tell you I've never seen the wasp lose. They paralyze the tarantula, drag it back to its den, then lay its egg on the helpless victim which basically serves as a buffet for the larva when it hatches. As a dude with a mild allergic reaction to insect bites and stings this is the single most painful sting I have ever encountered from an animal, and it put my ass right in the emergency room suffering from anaphylactic shock. Like heating a 2" paddle drill to a white hot temperature and grinding it into my back while using boiling sulfuric acid as cutting fluid. Seriously, this buzzing bastard almost killed me and I can't possibly imagine anything more painful from a damned bug.
2012-06-29 02:47:39 PM  
2 votes:
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Fark those farking farkers. I found a nest of yellow jackets last weekend when I was mowing. Apparently they don't like mowers. (Then why the fark are you living under where I mow??). I got off extremely light, as I only got zapped once on the ankle. But that shiat was swollen for 4 farking days. And one of those bastards got me in the top of the ear once. That farking hurt.

I unleashed a jihadist's wrath of holy chemical warfare on those assholes, in the form of 3/4th of a can of raid down their hole. And I grabbed a chair and sat and watched as their bodies spasmed and stuggled to fly, not knowing why their little bodies wouldn't respond, only knowing fear and agony. The next day I found a group of dead yellowjackets (presumably women and children) who had tried retreating to the safety of the read of their burrow, but after finding only death and despair, had, with their last remaining strength, clawed their way to the exit, only to die just within sight of a beautiful field of clover.

Then I poured gasoline down the hole and set it on fire, so the conflagration would char the bodies long past the recognition of any surviving loved ones.
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2012-06-29 08:28:34 AM  
2 votes:
I wouldn't have called yellowjackets bad. They are predators of caterpillars. We could use a few more bugs eating invasive moths.
2012-06-29 07:37:39 PM  
1 votes:

MythDragon: [www.mnn.com image 530x300]

Fark those farking farkers. I found a nest of yellow jackets last weekend when I was mowing. Apparently they don't like mowers. (Then why the fark are you living under where I mow??). I got off extremely light, as I only got zapped once on the ankle. But that shiat was swollen for 4 farking days. And one of those bastards got me in the top of the ear once. That farking hurt.

I unleashed a jihadist's wrath of holy chemical warfare on those assholes, in the form of 3/4th of a can of raid down their hole. And I grabbed a chair and sat and watched as their bodies spasmed and stuggled to fly, not knowing why their little bodies wouldn't respond, only knowing fear and agony. The next day I found a group of dead yellowjackets (presumably women and children) who had tried retreating to the safety of the read of their burrow, but after finding only death and despair, had, with their last remaining strength, clawed their way to the exit, only to die just within sight of a beautiful field of clover.

Then I poured gasoline down the hole and set it on fire, so the conflagration would char the bodies long past the recognition of any surviving loved ones.


That was beautiful. Peotry even! Really, brought a tear to my eye.

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2012-06-29 12:54:42 PM  
1 votes:

Maud Dib:

This is a lacewing larva. Definitely good.


I was at Disney World last summer for a wedding and the day before we had breakfast at their Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian resort. The lobby of the building has an indoor tropical garden and while sitting around there waiting for everyone to arrive I noticed a couple of employees walking through the garden sprinkling stuff out of small plastic bottles. Intrigued I approached one of them and asked what they were doing, because they were sprinkling whatever it was on the leaves of the plants and not on the ground. Turns out that the jars contained bits of tiny wood chips, some nutrient supplements, and lacewing larvae! (There was another species of larva in there but they were too small to see, and I forget their name.) Turns out Disney is very big on using natural gardening techniques wherever they can.
2012-06-29 12:07:06 PM  
1 votes:

jedimk: What idiot thinks a yellowjacket is a bee?


The same sort of person who thinks that beetles or earwigs are bugs.
2012-06-29 12:03:46 PM  
1 votes:
Bugs outside the house-Good.
Bugs inside the house-Dead.
2012-06-29 11:56:54 AM  
1 votes:
Maybe it's based on location, but they missed a heck of a lot of commonly seen good and bad bugs.

Best advice I have, is if you see a lot of them, they are probably bad, using an insect guide or internet search can help you be sure. Generally your predator to prey ration ensures that "good bugs" will be seen in small numbers, when they are all over your plants, they are usually bad bugs. Also you can generally see the leaf damage near where the bad bug infestation is found.

Of course it's all relative, wheel bugs are great predators except I've had to drive them out of my garden because they camp out on my sunflowers gorging themselves on the bumbleebees that feed on them.

Also as a previous poster mentioned, yellowjackets are actually pretty good for the garden, but if it's a nest you may have to deal with it for safety. They generally don't start off aggressive, but as autumn approaches they suddenly get nasty.
2012-06-29 11:54:55 AM  
1 votes:
This is a ladybug larva. Definitely good.

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This is a lacewing larva. Definitely good.

www.ladybugindoorgardens.com

This is a Nile Crocodile. If you have one of these in your garden, it is cause for concern.

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2012-06-29 10:04:05 AM  
1 votes:
The only good bug, is a dead bug.
2012-06-29 09:59:10 AM  
1 votes:

ManateeGag: Walker: I have an easier system:

Does it bite, sting, or suck blood from humans? It's a bad bug.
Does it leave humans alone? It's a good bug.

Termites aren't known to bite people and they can go in the bad bug category. I guess there's an exception to every rule.


True dat.
How about "Can they harm humans or eat their house or crops?" Bad bug.
2012-06-29 09:55:09 AM  
1 votes:
I have Fire Ants and Mosquitos in my back yard, which is why good or bad, everything must die.
 
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