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  • Listening to: TRON Legacy soundtrack
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I love bugs on the whole, and the more ostentatious they are, the better.  My sister sent me an article about a bug I'd never seen before - the giant wetapunga of New Zealand.  I'd not realized why the Weta Workshop has a mascot that looks like a cricket, you see.  It turns out that the wetapunga is pretty much a giant cricket.  Take a gander at this awesome bug!

World's Biggest Bug

...Yes, I realize that Goliath Beetles have more mass than wetapungas, so it's *among* the largest bugs in the world.  Can you imagine the evening serenade?  I bet it would be the cricket equivalent of a rock concert!



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plexar37 Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yowza... I might yell if I saw one of those in my basement LOL
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rachaelm5 Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Nah, they're just great big crickets. And look at those big, sweet eyes. It's a six-legged PUPPY!
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plexar37 Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LMFAO!!! I'd still probably run away like a little girl LOL!!! XD If I ever do find one I know where to send it! LOL ;)
I showed that picture to my husband and he said "what's that little baby??" ;)
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That's one cool bug! I can imagine the squeak as well. Even normal crickets squeak so loud that they turn of thier hearing nerves (ears located on their legs) and in some species females are only able to hear things that are the same hertz as a singing male.

The largest creatinized critter I have handled are a "Oryctes nasicornis" female, about an inch long, almost round and the same colour as a hazelnuts shell. She wandered around on my hand for a while until dad wanted to hold her as well, she dug her claws into my skin so it was just to wait before she walked there on her own.
I also saw the largest subspicies of spider we have in Sweden, Dolomedes fimbriatus but it was just brownish black instead of the characteristical yellow stripes. Larger than an inch between the tips of her legs. She carried an eggsack around. I was a bit hyper and happy that day.

What is your opinion on dragonflies?
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rachaelm5 Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those nasicornis beetles are very cool. I have never had the opportunity to hold one, but I certainly would like to someday.

Dragonflies are wonderful creatures. I like their bold colors and their four-wing design, and their gigantic eyes.
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I've had a small brown dragonfly on my chest for like a split second. That was quite cool. I also have a dead one in a plastic jar, that dragonfly died in a spidernet in the middle of flight, one of it legs outstreched as if trying to grip something. Thinking of it maybe some photos would be cool.
Aeshna juncea and Calopteryx splendens are two colourful ones I've seen in real life.

If you want to look for nasicorns, try a dungstack in the middle or late summer if you have the spicies where you live. They like dung due to it being nutrious even if they do not push it around like scarabs do. The larvaes are also quite cool according to pictures, big, white subterainian grubs. We found her when we were digging for worms because we would go fishing.

I take the species in latin due to not knowing the in this case english names for them.
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giadrosich Dec 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Giant Bugs are awesome...and crunchy!!

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rachaelm5 Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - I dunno; this one might be big enough to have measurable squishiness as well as crunchiness... :giggle:
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DracoFlameus Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I had heard of that bug before, but had no idea it was that big. While I am not a fan of giant crickets, that one doesn't look so bad. It looks just like a species I have here, only much, much bigger. LOL
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rachaelm5 Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this particular species looks kind of cute - it's probably those big eyes, and the fact that it looks rather innocent there eating a carrot. :D Alas, no, we do not have giant crickets in the US. We're really missing out.
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