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    Cool Entomological Find

    My 4 yr. old found a cecropia moth in our yard just now:



    Pretty cool for living in the heart of a city. Biggest North American moth.


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    At least you didn't post another picture of an indoor centipede.



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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    I saw one of those in Davenport last summer - freaked me out a little bit just by its sheer size...


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I saw one of those in Davenport last summer - freaked me out a little bit just by its sheer size...
    They are beautiful, though. It's pretty rare to see one, because they don't fly in the daytime. I also found it cool that they don't eat as adults...they don't have a mouth or proboscis. They only live for two weeks.


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    How big do they get and what the heck is a proboscis?????



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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    How big do they get and what the heck is a proboscis?????
    They get bigger than every other moth apparently and "probiscis" is a big word smart people use to make me feel dumb.



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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    How big do they get and what the heck is a proboscis?????
    You know that thing on a moth/butterfly that coils up/down to sip nectar with? That.


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    They get bigger than every other moth apparently and "probiscis" is a big word smart people use to make me feel dumb.
    Oh yeah...failed to mention: 5-6 inches across.

    Being a parent of a 7 and 4 year old boy kind of makes you a junior entomologist, so I have learned the terminology. Didn't mean to make anyone feel dumb. This time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Oh yeah...failed to mention: 5-6 inches across.

    Being a parent of a 7 and 4 year old boy kind of makes you a junior entomologist, so I have learned the terminology. Didn't mean to make anyone feel dumb. This time.
    Holy Cow, my 3 yr old has a fit when a housefly comes within 6 ft of her. She would absolutely Pit her SHants if one of those did a flyby near her.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Holy Cow, my 3 yr old has a fit when a housefly comes within 6 ft of her. She would absolutely Pit her SHants if one of those did a flyby near her.
    OK, maybe it's just our family, then! My oldest boy goes to a science school where he regularly "plays" with Death's Head Cockroaches, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    did you squish it? you should probably squish it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    did you squish it? you should probably squish it.
    That's cold.

    We are a "catch and release" family. Even house centipedes.


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    Re: Cool Entomological Find

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    OK, maybe it's just our family, then! My oldest boy goes to a science school where he regularly "plays" with Death's Head Cockroaches, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.
    Anything with the word hissing in it sounds mean.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cloneu View Post
    Anything with the word hissing in it sounds mean.
    No, they have these little "vents" on their backs that they force air out of when irritated. It's all for show...they're harmless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    That's cold.

    We are a "catch and release" family. Even house centipedes.
    Not in the clones_jer household. She points, I squish. No bug is immune to our combined powers.



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