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Monday, August 2, 2010


More on waterbugs vs. cockroaches. According to my bug books "waterbugs" and Palmetto bugs are all in reality the American Cockroach, who lives in the disgustingly humid south. I' d previously thought they didn't fly much around here. Ha. Ha ha ha. Apparently I don't look up at the streetlamps much at night, otherwise I would have seen the horrible things hurling themselves head-first into the bulbs and ricocheting off into the dark, just so they could put their nasty little bug feet all over me when I had my back turned.

Since they don't have those where I come from I'd been thinking they were just excessively clumsy moths, and yes, on particularly humid nights you can hear them flapping past and then clunk! right into a lamp. My only other excuse is that I can't see for shit at night. I can't drive in it, so don't expect me to correctly identify disgusting flying things.

The little teeny, regular-sized guys are German Cockroaches and everybody gots 'em. Awwwwww. Aren't they cute? Bleeeh.

But I think waterbugs get way bigger than 2". I've seen some that should be on a leash for crap's sake.

But just to prove that I really do like crawly things, here's some bug porn.


Obsidian Kitten said...

This looks more like it to me:

The ruler is helpful. It is a large slimy thing for sure.

Damn things with their flinging and their flapping.


Obsidian Kitten said...

You could let clockwork bristlebots loose on your waterbugs:

I'd never have the patience to make one, but it's damn cute, and a great drone for your robot army.

Severina said...

Mmmmmm, bristlebots...

Severina said...

Icky icky icky bug-on-a-ruler!

I swear the thing that was casually snoozing on the floor at my job was bigger than that, at least 2 1/2". I've also become totally creeped out by that particular shade of cockroach-brown. I love brown & all but cockroach-brown is nightmarish.

And they seriously make me cringe when I find them drowned in the cat's water bowl with the wings all splayed out, no matter what the size.


Obsidian Kitten said...

You mean the ocicle doesn't eat them? You really should get your money back for that thing.

I was far more skeeved out when I would find the one leg that was all that remained of the cat's last snack.

Severina said...

I think the ocicle was a bargain-basement kitty.

He plays with crickets until he's pulled all the legs off, but he doesn't eat them. I haven't had any giant cockroaches so far this year to see if he'd like one of those better.

Unless he's been eating all he can find...

I had another cat years ago who would chew waterbugs in half and leave them spewing guts in the hallway for me to step on. With bare feet.

Obsidian Kitten said...