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Strange insect captured in Paraguay (Fulgora laternaria)

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posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 11:59 AM
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No, it's 12 cm, although I think the average size is something like 9 cm. The wings can measure up to 15 cm, too. That's why we are so worried about it appearing in our back yards

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posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 12:28 PM
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Myth says if people are bitten by one, they must have sex within 24 hours in order to prevent death.


I'm sure that myth was started by some boy trying to get a girl to his bed!!!



posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 12:43 PM
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in order to get a good visual reference to the size of this thing...




posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 03:36 PM
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reply to post by rogerstigers
 


Beautiful insect but I wouldn't want that in my house. The question is, can it be harmful to humans?



posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 03:57 PM
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I love that little guy!

And the myth...



Myth says if people are bitten by one, they must have sex within 24 hours in order to prevent death.


Hmmm. Seems a) the bug's not new (it's been around long enough to have an associated myth); and b) it's presence in myth indicates the bug has a symbiotic role in human culture to promote fertility: a role which most likely protects species survival and thereby suggests the bugs have some measure of telepathic control over humans, at least historically. [No one anywhere is going to kill a bug that guarantees one's ability to get off, so to speak.]

S&F&



posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 07:48 PM
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Originally posted by soficrow
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Seems a) the bug's not new



No, it's not. I wrote that in my OP. I know that this insect isn't new, but I wanted to share it with you because not many people are aware of its existence. Even here in South America, where they can be found, people know almost nothing about it. That's why it was on the news when the woman captured it.

Also...


Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by Casandra
 


I love that little guy!



I love it too, just...from a safe distance

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posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 08:13 PM
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But Cassandra...

This little guy is harmless to humans! ...according to Wikipedia anyway. Bugs don't bother me so I'd like to catch one.



posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 08:19 PM
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I know it's harmless, but I'm not sure I'd want it near me. I have OCD and this beautiful yet odd insect makes my anxiety levels rise for some reason. I'm not sure why.

I mean, I'd love to see it in a branch in my yard, I would even make a cool colored pencil drawing... but I'd run screaming the moment it flew towards me

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posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 10:31 PM
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Mothra and Godzilla's lovechild?

Sorry; second line. Tiny lovechild?
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Don't get that thing near Fukushima.
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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 12:08 AM
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I know what this is. It's a...

WTFisthatabug.



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 12:25 AM
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Thats one weird looking bug!
Looks like an alligator to me i say get out the RAID!

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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 12:29 AM
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Sorry, ThinkingCap, CanadianDream420 already named it:


Originally posted by CanadianDream420
I shall call him Velocifly.






posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 01:43 AM
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That is Condi Rice. She is on the Bush Estate waiting for her husband "W", dayum shape shutters!!!



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 03:52 AM
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This looks exactly like a Cicada bug but with a horn on its head its definitely related we even have them in Canada. Nice find though.


Yes that picture above in thread confirms it for me; that bug is definitely a relative of the Cicada bug wiki link here...
en.wikipedia.org...




I believe there are thousands of species of Cicada so they all look pretty different the one you showed has a weird horn and longer wings! Plus a really weird Colour O.o
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posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 04:09 AM
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Fascinating stuff im going to raise my own private army of these superbugs!



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 04:13 AM
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Myth says if people are bitten by one, they must have sex within 24 hours in order to prevent death.



This makes for a good excuse, I might attempt to find one of these, and use it as a way to swindle woman into having sex with me


Seriously though, that's amazing little insect, it may be in the article, but does anyone know what this thing eats?



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 04:45 AM
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Originally posted by mkkkay

Originally posted by AnteBellum
It looks lizard like, I love how nature does this!
. . . and it has eyes on the other end!

Amazing camouflage!


Eyes in the back of an insect, is one of the best signatures of a maker....


Not really. Just an indication of survival of the fittest members of a species whose markings frighten off potential predators.



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:13 AM
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Originally posted by micpsi

Originally posted by mkkkay

Originally posted by AnteBellum
It looks lizard like, I love how nature does this!
. . . and it has eyes on the other end!

Amazing camouflage!


Eyes in the back of an insect, is one of the best signatures of a maker....


Not really. Just an indication of survival of the fittest members of a species whose markings frighten off potential predators.


So you say, do you think the butterfly toth of that... or did nature think of that...survival of the fitest would mean the butterfly is more intelligent then the birds... so the birds could not evolved beyond being fooled by a butterfly.
Thousans of years of being fooled... I say even if the butterfly could think of such a plan, just like we think we could fly, there is no way we could grow wings. i mean look there is winter since ever and we got nothing to protect us from the cold, we are the most intelligent animals here, those this mean if we wait long enough we
would grow some fur... nothing in the world as ever changed they only adapt, still funny to see that the birds would not realise at some point the game of the butterfly.

look at the birds in a field of corn, we put strawman to scare them away, but it only works for a while then the birds get wise and adapt... but never adapted to the butterflys camouflage .All i can say is life is a mistory.



posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:14 AM
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Yes, it eats nosy people who want to know more about it.



Just kidding, It eats plant sap. It's harmless.



reply to post by XRaDiiX
 


What do you mean with a horn on its head? I can't see it, would you point it out to me, please?
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posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 08:48 PM
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Look at the pictures i imbedded on the thread the insect you linked is a relative of the Cicada Bug. Look at the similarities its undeniable proof! It has a large protruding thing on its head you can't see it? ( The strange one you're thread is about)

I'm very curious to what the thing on its head purpose is for.... Why is that there! I can't wait to find out if anyone knows?





Now don't try to tell me they aren't related ancestors!


The bug on the top is called a Cicada we even have them here in Canada.

Its interesting to find such a weird deviation of the Cicada in South America. Nice find man

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