r/NatureIsFuckingLit Sep 29 '22 Silver 1 Wholesome 3

🔥 This huge and fascinating potato bug

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u/SingaporeCrabby Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

While Jerusalem crickets (or potato bugs) are not venomous, they can emit a foul smell and are capable of inflicting a painful bite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket

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u/grannaldie Sep 29 '22

This part kills:

Despite their common names, these insects are neither true crickets (which belong to the family Gryllidae) nor true bugs (which belong to the order Hemiptera), nor are they native to Jerusalem.

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u/Anderopolis Sep 29 '22 Silver Take My Energy

I bet they aren't potatoes either!

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u/IceNein Sep 29 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

I found out on Maury Povich that Daddy Long Legs are.... NOT my father.

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u/OneHumanPeOple Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

They aren’t spiders either. They’re called harvestmen and they’re more like crabs.

Edit: I love you all and thank you for pointing out that harvestmen are indeed arachnids (the same category as spiders). They are not crustaceans (crab group). I am aware of this. I just meant to point out that they’re crab convergent with their one piece body, and little crabby mouth and eyes.

Here is a cool close up of one’s little face

here is a pinned specimen that is very goblicore

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u/KuuHaKu_OtgmZ Sep 29 '22

They also don't harvest, nor are men

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u/OneHumanPeOple Sep 29 '22

Tawk amongst yaselves.

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u/its_hoods Sep 29 '22

IS MY WHOLE LIFE A LIE?!!

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u/Kaitriarch Sep 29 '22

They do like to cuddle though 😀

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u/Sangxero Sep 29 '22

That is but one of the glorious creatures given that moniker. Here, it is the nickname for Cellar Spiders.

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u/microgirlActual Sep 29 '22

In Ireland (and I think the UK too) its completely different. Daddy long legs here are crane flies. Harvestmen are just harvestmen.

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u/freddielizzard Sep 29 '22

Won't something think of the harvestwomen and the harvestchildren too??

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u/microgirlActual Sep 29 '22

Pfff, parasites. The harvestMEN do all the work! 😜

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u/Great_Chairman_Mao Sep 29 '22

That explains your stubby legs.

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u/nerherder911 Sep 29 '22

spits it out

Ew. Tastes like tofu in clingfilm.

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u/killchain Sep 29 '22

Anyone can be a potato if they want it hard enough.

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u/Friendly_Crab Sep 29 '22

I’ve been a potato all my fucking life

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u/SecretDracula Sep 29 '22

TIL: "bug" is a scientific classification

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u/Son_of_Eris Sep 29 '22

All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs.

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u/Seuros Sep 29 '22

All bugs are features, but not all features are bugs.

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u/DcloveViola Sep 29 '22

r/programmerhumor is leaking. Guess it's a feature now

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u/seang_photo Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Wholesome Woah Dude

You want another fun 'theory'? 'Fish' isn't used as a scientific classification. Fish describes a life form, not a taxonomic group because the word 'fish' is used to describe a multitude of animals from different evolutionary lines! Within evolutionary biology, some animals that we call 'fish' are actually closer to us than they are to other animals under the general 'fish' umbrella.

For example, humans are more closely related to a salmon, than a salmon is to a shark, and lungfish are closer related to us than they are to salmon.

This is because humans (and all tetrapods aka 4 limbed vertebrates) descended from lobed finned fish. INFACT! We (and all tetrapods) are technically considered lobed finned fish ourselves!

Fish as a term can only be used while referencing an animals ecology (how they act, live, where they live, and what they eat), or culinary (as in 'fish' the food). If you try to use fish as a scientific term, you have to include all tetrapods as well.

Basically, fish is far too general a term within science to have any actual meaning as it includes all tetrapods as well as all bony, and cartilaginous fishes.

Bonus fun fact: fish is the plural of fish when there are many fish of a single species. Fishes is used to describe groups of multiple species.

Edit: for anyone questioning my fact here you go, from UC Berkeley

Also, to clarify, tetrapods don't have to be land animals. Whales and mosasaurs are marine tetrapods. They also don't have to have visible limbs, as snakes are also considered tetrapods despite the lack of visible limbs.

To me this theory is so fun because it makes you view the world completely differently. Whales are really just huge boney fish! Salmon and whales share less in common than sharks ecologically, but evolutionarily they are far closer related!

Edited to appease my over lord u/boba_f3tt94

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u/elliellie1 Sep 29 '22

Cuttlefish = not fish

Starfish = not fish

Jellyfish = not fish

Silverfish = not fish

Shellfish = not fish

Seahorse = fish

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u/seang_photo Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Seahorses descend from pipefish, which are Ray-finned fishes. Ray finned fish and lobed finned fish diverged from a common ancestor so you are a cousin of a seahorse.

Edit: thanks for the correction u/pkann6

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u/bunkscudda Sep 29 '22

So you’re telling me I’m a seahorse?

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u/seang_photo Sep 29 '22

No, that's too specific, you are a fish though.

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u/MyPrim0 Sep 29 '22

Kanye for example is a fish

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u/Zebazios9 Sep 29 '22

I heard he likes fish sticks

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u/HazardIsFunny Sep 29 '22

He enjoys putting them in his mouth

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u/merdlib Sep 29 '22

Interesting. I’m going to trust you on this one.

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u/PassiveChemistry Sep 29 '22

It looks like a huge ant

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u/Workwork007 Sep 29 '22 Silver

Jerusalem crickets (potato bugs)

> Not a cricket.

> Not a bug.

> Not from Jerusalem.

So, this is a potato.

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u/kuraiscalebane Sep 29 '22

Nope, not a potato either, I'm starting to think it's cake.

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u/Objective_Stock_3866 Sep 29 '22

The cake is a lie.

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u/queefiest Sep 29 '22

If it’s not a bug… is it a crustacean?

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u/Alpha_Decay_ Sep 29 '22

I'm pretty sure this is the same bug that some kid on Nickelodeon's Figure It Out claimed to have discovered. 25 years later, I'm discovering that that was bullshit. Damn you Summer Sanders and Danny Tamberelli.

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u/Kingsolomanhere Sep 29 '22 Bravo Grande!

So, like a little brother

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u/IAMA_Printer_AMA Sep 29 '22

So it's only real activity is drumming against the ground to mate, which it doesn't even hear, I can only feel. Mostly eats dead stuff with the odd insect, good at burrowing and eats tubery root stuff. What a chillaxed and easygoing bug

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u/Crohnies Sep 29 '22

are capable of inflicting a painful bite.

So I'll just let it crawl over my hand and take my chances lol. You are brave OP.

That almost looks like an ant on steroids

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u/_My_Angry_Account_ Sep 29 '22

They also scream when they burn. Keep that in mind when doing pest control.

Most likely not actually screaming but due to the gasses escaping the exoskeleton while their insides boil off.

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u/madtraxmerno Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Who the hell does pest control with fuckin fire?

"Sorry honey, I found a big ass ant in the pantry again, get the flamethrower."

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u/What_a_rush_ Sep 29 '22
  • Hans, get ze flammenwerfer
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u/1709109 Sep 29 '22

Have anyone considered the guy just has really small hands?!

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u/TaciturnSnoo Sep 29 '22

That bug is so big, it has hands.

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u/dtwhitecp Sep 29 '22

one of the few critters that freak me out a bit, not sure why.

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u/GoneAndHappy Sep 29 '22

Maybe because if this bug gets in your house and tells you to bring him a beer there is a huge chance you will?

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u/dtwhitecp Sep 29 '22

I'd give a beer to any insect that verbally requests it

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u/hecticscribe Sep 29 '22

Wise policy.

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u/Kiwifisch Sep 29 '22

No. But if it asks for sugar in water. ..

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u/Tio_OzzyBR Sep 29 '22

Holy fuck i've seen it, holy shit a bug with hands fuck me i'm off this planet

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u/chaos_is_a_ladder Sep 29 '22

Exactly how I felt the first time I saw one. Nightmare fuel.

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u/Still_Trying2022 Sep 29 '22

I truly understand you my brother.

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u/Dod93_ Sep 29 '22

Bug looks like it lifts. Fuck that!!

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u/Friendly_Session8861 Sep 29 '22

It never skipped 1/3 leg day.

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u/JoJackthewonderskunk Sep 29 '22

I figured it would bite the shit out of this guy.

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u/Dry_Chapter_5781 Sep 29 '22

"Jerusalem crickets can bite when handled. They are not poisonous but can inflict a bite that results in moderate, short-lived pain. Do not leave Jerusalem crickets in mesh insect nets nor plastic bags. They possess powerful, sharp jaws and easily cut through fabrics and thin plastic."

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u/Mr-Lumpy Sep 29 '22

This reads like a pokemon data entry. I love it

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u/FrostBandido Sep 29 '22

Bro got it straight out the pokèdex!

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u/Bleord Sep 29 '22

Thats exactly the point of Pokémon.

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u/Tank-Top-Vegetarian Sep 29 '22

If they can cut through plastic bags, they can cut through your underwear,

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u/striderkan Sep 29 '22

It has hands coming out it's hands

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u/mymeatpuppets Sep 29 '22

Yeah like one wrist with like between 1.67 and 2.48 hands growing out of it.

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u/Biggieholla Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

It's kinda like if you were to put an ant under Szalinski's industrial-sized ray gun.

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u/Head_Paper_Now Sep 29 '22

do they bite?

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u/PhNx_RiZe Sep 29 '22

They aren’t looking to bite you, but will if they can’t get away. And it’ll cause a nasty infection. Source: personal experience. Left pair of gardening gloves in the garden overnight. Didn’t check them the next day when I put them on.

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u/QualitySalves Sep 29 '22

Stepped on one barefoot and it fought back. I'll never let one near my skin again, shit hurts.

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u/Silent__Note Sep 29 '22

But did it squish?

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u/zombie_overlord Sep 29 '22

Don't answer that please

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u/BasedDrewski Sep 29 '22

Sounds more like bones cracking.

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u/Fred-U Sep 29 '22

The scream is the more haunting part

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u/crinnaursa Sep 29 '22

Reeeeeeccccchh. stuff of nightmares till you smash it with a shovel with a horrible muted crunching sound like eggshells and wet leather. I hate these things.

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u/BruceCambell Sep 29 '22

This potato has bones!

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u/this_dudeagain Sep 29 '22

It grunted.

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u/Odd_Independence4230 Sep 29 '22

oooof, did it hurt? guy looks powerful

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u/HoodieFerret Sep 29 '22

It hurts.

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u/AnnaTheBlueRogue Sep 29 '22

I'm looking it up... but, uhm, what of its dozen names do I look up? I'm afraid I will find some unholy shit if I type the silly names the people on this thread are giving them.

Edit: Searching did not yield any results of bite wounds or the bug biting anything

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u/boost2464 Sep 29 '22

As an Australian that is the most reckless thing in the world to me.

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u/CitrusBelt Sep 29 '22

Not bad, but a strong pinch.

Enough to make you jumpy around them if you got nipped by one as a kid, but only that much.....not even on the level of small lizard or snake, really, and much less than even the mildest ant/bee/centipede/whatever.

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u/SteeleDuke Sep 29 '22

Are people actually scared of lizard bites? I hate bugs but lizards are so cool, I had a salamander living in my bathroom wall for years.

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u/CitrusBelt Sep 29 '22

You'd be surprised.

(And tbf....there's "lizards" & then there's lizards -- I could see someone who grew up in tegu/monitor territory being pretty sketchy about even a small lizard!!)

But yeah, I was just saying "not even as much pressure as a fence lizard bite" -- i.e., basically nothing.

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u/thepunisher321 Sep 29 '22

Centipede bites?

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u/CaptainTripps82 Sep 29 '22

They rival spiders in the amount of other bugs they kill. Straight up insect speed apex predator

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u/HerrVanza Sep 29 '22

Nasty bites, yes. You don't wanna mess with those

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u/CitrusBelt Sep 29 '22

Definitely -- those little bastards have a bad attitude, and are always willing to bite (defensively, of course).

I'm glad I don't live in the tropics; the ones we have where I am (Scolopendra polymorpha) aren't even big by world standards -- but they still freak me out!

They're like a solfugid ('camel spider") but with a bunch of extra legs..... so way faster, & much more maneuverable. I hate having to catch one when they get inside the house; frigging gross.

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u/buffalohands Sep 29 '22

Awwww no! I just looked them both up and am trembling in horror in my little save place where all insects are smaller than my pinky. I commend you for sticking it out with your non tropical, medium sized nightmares.

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u/GCXNihil0 Sep 29 '22

Rather fascinating for sure! Kinda ugly, but kinda cute.

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u/MaxStickies Sep 29 '22

Yeah, strangely adorable insect.

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u/Lancaster61 Sep 29 '22

Glad I’m not the only one that thought it was kinda cute. Normally hate bugs, but this is so big it’s starting to get into the small pets category.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

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u/kiss-tits Sep 29 '22

I also normally like bugs. But when I saw the thumbnail I thought, that's not a bug.. That's a fetus. Look at the weird human-ish coloring. Creepy.

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u/AstroAlmost Sep 29 '22

first time i learned these existed was the day i found one on the sidewalk, fleshy belly up, squirming it’s body around. i was mortified. i love bugs, but this thing made me nauseous.

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u/QualitySalves Sep 29 '22

Hurt like a bitch if they bite you. My friggin cat brings them into the house to play.

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u/lillithproud Sep 29 '22

So does mine and its terrifying

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u/sumaclover Sep 29 '22

Cute enough to hold?

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u/NeckPourConnoisseur Sep 29 '22

Is this the bug some people call "child of the earth"?

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u/RM_Sideshowb Sep 29 '22

Nino de la tiera, i know it as that and translated to English it means child of the earth/dirt/ground/soil

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u/Reno83 Sep 29 '22

As children, we were also led to believe that they were dangerous. Then again, Mexican children are taught that everything is dangerous. Don't cry or La Llorona will come for you. Don't disobey or el robachico (the kidnapper) will get you. If you're a bad kid, El Cucui will pull your socks off at night.

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u/tacomentarian Sep 29 '22

That's why I've blamed El Cucui for all my missing socks.

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u/ladymouserat Sep 29 '22

This is what I grew up with. Mi abuela also told me their bite would make you flesh melt…I remember watching Steve Irwin catch one once and learned that they do not melt you. Oh abuela…

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u/Peabodyproteinshovel Sep 29 '22

They remind me of wind scorpions or camel spiders as they are known I'm parts of the world.

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u/oldmanripper79 Sep 29 '22

Ironically, all of those tend to live in the same area. Could find all of them when I lived in New Mexico.

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u/_My_Angry_Account_ Sep 29 '22

New Mexico also gets vinegaroons which are weird as shit when you first see them.

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u/darwinning_420 Sep 29 '22

honestly very chill tho

freaky as fuck but, u kno, least they're nice

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u/yuccatrees Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Yo I've slept outdoors on the ground twice in my life, and on one of those times here in California I woke up with one sitting on my chest. It was messed up.

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u/runthepoint1 Sep 29 '22

The Jerusalem cricket or the camel spider?

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u/yuccatrees Sep 29 '22

The one in this post. The niño de la tierra

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u/pokettopals Sep 29 '22

probably bc these bugs secrete a dark liquid when they bite. a repellent! it can be mistaken for blood

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u/titiwawaa Sep 29 '22

My parents scared me too! They said you would die if you got bitten. I remain horrified.

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u/Dyke_Doesit Sep 29 '22

According to my girlfriend, yes. I learned this after saying, It looks like a small child!

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u/mom_with_an_attitude Sep 29 '22 Silver

You...you must have very ugly children.

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u/cutepuppies420 Sep 29 '22

Well your user name fits. It’s hilarious haha reminds me of my sister.

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u/mymeatpuppets Sep 29 '22

All newborns are ugly...but not that ugly.

Source: father of two.

Happy Cake Day!

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u/childish_brownbino Sep 29 '22

In Mexico we call them “cara de niño” which translates to “child face”

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u/WayAmbitious192 Sep 29 '22

in Mexico we call it Cara de niño 👶🏿 (face of child)

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u/AnnaTheBlueRogue Sep 29 '22

And apparently called that cuz when they suffer inmense pain, they make a noise people describe as children's cries

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u/EliteSnackist Sep 29 '22

No one show Hidetaka Miyazaki

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u/LordofAngmarMB Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Poedado--Child of the Earth Mother

After fighting your way through the wretched Exalted Termites, a cult that worships the very act of consumption, defecation, and decomposition, you finally reach the lowest depths of their temple-turned-nest. You prepare for the fight ahead, dousing yourself in Soap and Bile Resistance Bulbs.

You pass the fog-wall, shocked to find yourself in a grand hall so high that you can't see the ceiling. It was once a glorious place of worship. It still is, though no longer to the Old God. Now it is the place of The Earth Mother. Her image is made from the substance left by the Termites, a giant sprawled against the wall like a woman in labor.

Suddenly, the hall rumbles. The image of The Earth Mother crumbles from the waist up. In the dust, a figure falls amongst the rubble. A cry fills the air, at first like a chittering demon but ends like the shriek of a newborn baby.

It rises from the shards of its mother. It flails like an idiot babe, a thing unaccustomed to weight outside the womb. In part, it is a human baby, yet in whole, it is some kind of giant wretched insect. When it spots you with inhuman eyes in a human baby’s face, it lurches and hurls bile at you. You react too slow, and your health is diminished. You are soon beaten under smashing fists on the end of barbed sick-like limbs, and driven to the brink of madness by wails from unimaginably powerful lungs. The last thing you see in your doomed life is its ugly infant face rise and fall upon you, and its slobbering lips envelop you in darkness.

YOU DIED

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u/HWGA_Exandria Sep 29 '22

Niños de la tierra.

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u/Straight-Carrot3990 Sep 29 '22

Yup, that’s a niño de la tiera.

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u/Cindy-Lou-Who2 Sep 29 '22

Never once have I seen a fella quite so repulsive and adorable at the same time

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u/perdyqueue Sep 29 '22

It's so strange. It looks kinda fleshy, and it doesn't have those typical, robotic movements that you associate with creepy crawlies. Instead it sort of slowly ambles along, almost resembling a human baby crawling around on its belly... with those hands, too. Cute and gross at the same time, for sure.

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u/IRefuseToGiveAName Sep 29 '22

it sort of slowly ambles along, almost resembling a human baby crawling around on its belly...

This is what fucked me up. It was really fucking weird.

Still cute. But real fuckin weird.

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u/Meow_Mix_Watch_Dogs Sep 29 '22

It’s like “ew giant bug” but then like. He’s just a little guy. A little dude. Small little man. He just chillin.

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u/T3lebrot Sep 29 '22

little baby man

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u/DrippyBeard Sep 29 '22

Like opossums. Little mangy, cute, daggermouth rats with curly tailsies.

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u/Neither-Cellist7892 Sep 29 '22

That’s a Pokémon

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u/thegoodtimelord Sep 29 '22

The new version of Spore is looking awesome

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u/Sweaty-Bumblebee4055 Sep 29 '22

Seriously all the potato bugs I ever see aren’t so “fascinating”

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u/Bikeraptor0254 Sep 29 '22 hehehehe

Jerusalem cricket

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u/SingaporeCrabby Sep 29 '22

Yes, another name for it

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u/shikiroin Sep 29 '22

Where I live, potato bugs are what we call the little rollie pollie bugs that curl up when you mess with them

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u/Affectionate_Emu3530 Sep 29 '22

We called them Sand Puppies in Utah where I came up.

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u/WoodyM654 Sep 29 '22

I’m from Northern Utah and had never seen one till a few years ago camping down south. They’re freaky looking! It was also fighting a scorpion

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u/Affectionate_Emu3530 Sep 29 '22

I had a friend eat one for something like 20 dollars. 1998 Sandy Utah.

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u/WoodyM654 Sep 29 '22

Oh no! That’s disgusting. But I think I know some people I could convince to do the same lol. I hike in Sandy a few days a week for the last few years and now I feel lucky I haven’t been encountering these monsters.

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u/TheEleventhMeh Sep 29 '22

I'm always appalled when people do that. I wonder if they realize they could be ingesting parasites along with the bug. I'm the type to honor most dares, but not when it involves eating a creature uncooked and alive.

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u/Astrosomnia Sep 29 '22 Wholesome

Yep. Too many sketchy stories. That young guy just passed away after being paralyzed from eating a slug on a dare. Incredibly sad outcome, based on one teeny tiny moment that ruined a life. It's not worth it.

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u/KP_Wrath Sep 29 '22

Fuck, look at how much meat it has.

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u/r7anubis Sep 29 '22

who won?

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u/WoodyM654 Sep 29 '22

The alien bug got out of there before the scorpion could get it. But I think we disrupted the match by tipping over their big rock.

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u/2b-Kindly_ Sep 29 '22

Crazy, Born and raised in Utah, USA and Never saw one of these until I was in Topanga Canyon CA. Definitely not the Potato bug I New growing up.

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u/Evil_Monito84 Sep 29 '22

I've only seen one once in my 37 year old life. I even leaned in to get a closer look, like, what the fuck ARE you?! I don't know if it was dead or not. I just let it be like it let me be.

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u/Hermito_The_Great Sep 29 '22

I'm definitely moving out of here.

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u/level1biscuit Sep 29 '22

Every region I have ever lived has it's own "potato bug". It's never the same bug.

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u/jimberly718 Sep 29 '22 Starstruck

Is that because it Israeli big?

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u/PabloSexybar Sep 29 '22

….sigh… good one

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u/supremegoldie Sep 29 '22

Also called niño de la tierra.

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u/foxykathykat Sep 29 '22

I'm torn between "Oh hell no, that's terrifying" and "awwww look at it's little hands and footies, it is adorable"

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u/drunk98 Sep 29 '22

The adorable is absolutely part of the terrifying

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u/foxykathykat Sep 29 '22

Yeah, it really is.

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u/QueefingTheNightAway Sep 29 '22

Seems like an insect Tim Burton would’ve designed.

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u/Demon-Prince-Grazzt Sep 29 '22

Down in west Texas we used to see them in vacant lots living in burrows. We called them children of the earth on account of their hands and if you see them in a burrow from above they kinda look like babies living in the earth. We had all sorts of crazy kid stories about them and it wasn't until I got to college that I realized they weren't called children of the earth by everyone.

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u/SleepyRw Sep 29 '22

This bug looks like a human who was cursed to be a bug for eternity

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u/CaptainTripps82 Sep 29 '22

His name was Franz Kafka. Franz Kafka!

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u/brent_von_kalamazoo Sep 29 '22

I got little tiny bug feet. I don't really know what bugs eat.

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u/Orb99 Sep 29 '22

Look at his neck armor, thats wild

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u/ChiefdaPhaser Sep 29 '22

Protecting the Nape of the Titan

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u/Alternative_Grape_18 Sep 29 '22

I know they're harmless but those things freak me the fuck out.

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u/miserablelildahlia Sep 29 '22

Anything ant like with a swollen head gives me serious chills. The proportions just freak me out

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u/plsgrantaccess Sep 29 '22 Dread

I hate it. I hate it so much. WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE THAT BIG. IT DOESNT

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u/UnseenTardigrade Sep 29 '22

They’re not quite harmless, they can bite and it hurts, apparently.

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u/RamblingHeathen Sep 29 '22

That is NOT what I know a potato bug to be.

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u/better_than_shane Sep 29 '22

The potato bugs I know are little beetles with black and white striped shells, what about you?

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u/Acruid Sep 29 '22

Yep, this is the only potato bug I know of.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

From wiki, it says Jerusalem cricket (or potato bug): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket

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u/Alpha_The_Wolf534 Sep 29 '22

Same here honestly, I know that as a mole cricket, and a huge one at that.

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u/Hotwheels-666 Sep 29 '22

Mole cricket is a different (and super special, very important, gentle, nice and increasingly rare) guy.

http://www.realmonstrositiesnicecrickets.com/2017/04/mole-cricket.html

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u/Sans_culottez Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

This is the most beautiful write up on an ugly bug I have ever seen. Bravo.

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u/ivegotcheesyblasters Sep 29 '22

Yeah that was adorable

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u/Alpha_The_Wolf534 Sep 29 '22

Ohh, my bad for the misidentification, I must be thinking of something else.

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u/Astrosomnia Sep 29 '22

Whoa! They really do have a mole-y quality! Weird how nature sort of coalesces like that.

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u/quietcopse Sep 29 '22

The little toesies are oddly human looking like Lil hands

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u/mindsofaraway Sep 29 '22

Niño de la Tierra is what we used to call it when I was younger. They would always be in our backyard

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u/Kamrealica Sep 29 '22

Looks like fat weta

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u/DistortoiseLP Sep 29 '22

It's like an ant plushie became a real boy.

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u/Littlelisapizza83 Sep 29 '22

Reminds me of that game “Cooties” circa 1994. I think I’m in love 😍.

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u/Accomplished-Fan-408 Sep 29 '22

That's gonna be a no from me, dawg.

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u/urmumlol9 Sep 29 '22

It looks like if a wasp had an ant's head and baby hands but no wings.

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u/GreatDayneToBeAlive Sep 29 '22

What strange little feet's

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u/MaBush123 Sep 29 '22

Looks a bit like a New Zealand Wētā?

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u/ineedobeano Sep 29 '22

I remember waking up one night as a kid to go pee and one of these crawled over my foot in the dark. I freaked and turned on the lights only to witness the fattest fucking bug I had ever seen in my life staring back at me. Damn near shit myself that night, don't even remember if I pee'd.

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u/Own-Reflection-8182 Sep 29 '22

Interesting, but would rather not live where they live.

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u/AimaFuriku Sep 29 '22

Well it sure doesn't look like a potato

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u/ummbutter Sep 29 '22

A real live Cooties game bug!!

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u/egoMetalMonkey Sep 29 '22

feeling cute, might be cuter later

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u/KiwiChimera Sep 29 '22

This bug looks like the New Zealand Weta

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