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Never going to Africa. No way. Not after that story.
Originally posted by Morningglory
I live in rural Colorado lots of creepy crawlies out here. We typically have grasshoppers, although not so many since the drought. A few years ago I was off in the woods and came upon a gigantic grasshopper. Actually it was the largest bug I'd ever seen.
I'm a country woman and have done battle with a whole slew of critters, bats, rattle snakes, huge red centipedes, tarantulas, black widows to name a few. I'm no sissy. This grasshopper was so unnaturally huge it sent me running. Now I've seen very large grasshoppers since and squished them no problem but I needed a weapon to deal with this one. I looked online for other grasshoppers of that size with no luck.
I know after they've eaten through most of the grasses/plants they will cannibalize each other. Maybe all that extra protein makes them grow faster/larger Idk. That grasshopper came to mind as soon as I saw this thread. I don't discount anything in nature. My favorite bug is the sphinx moth or hummingbird moth. Beautiful creatures you would think it was a hummingbird until you spotted the antenna.
BTW I don't kill everything I come across, except maybe grasshoppers. Although if it comes in the house it's fair game. My husband has always been a catch/release kind of guy. That came to an abrupt end one day when he came in and noticed the giant flying beetle riding on his shoulder. He flung that thing off and squished it flat. I still laugh at him for that one.
Originally posted by Arkady
Personally I think nature can probably find a way.
On the end of the plunger was skewered the biggest vinagaroon i have ever seen. It was just over 12", and the whole cabin smelled like a broken bottle of vinegar.