WTF Is This

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by cosmofex, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

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  2. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    crane fly! ornata? based on the natty yellow stripes and fancy antennae, and iirc you’re in europe? so yeah probably cteno-whatsit ornata.

    super harmless, dumb as paint, and delicious to spiders and bats. they may appear to come at you but it’s not attacking they’re just bad at everything.
     
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  3. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Crane flies are so fucking stupid they can't even eat, I love 'em.
     
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  4. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    some of them suck nectar, but mostly they have sex instead of food, like movie stars.
     
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  5. cosmofex

    cosmofex trans lesbian extraordinaire

    that looks like some of the older electric oil warmers ive seen. the whole open-dish setup is from the last decade or two, and the face steamers ive seen all have something to keep the steam from blowing away.
     
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  6. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    Thanks! It wasn´t bothering me, but the kitties were very interested and I was a bit worried they might get stung if it was a stingy bug. It eventually found the window. (Also yes, am German)
     
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  7. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    Yeah, we get crane flies around here (I thought that might’ve been was what it was but I didn’t know if they were found in Europe, so I wasn’t sure enough to say anything with any sort of certainty), and they’re completely harmless. Your kitties will be just fine if they encounter another! <3
     
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  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    and it’s fine if they eat it. non poisonous as well as non venomous. the yellow stripes are fancy for impressing mates, not a warning.
     
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  9. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    btw if you wanna see LONG LEGGIES look up giant crane fly china. they got em bigger than your hand.
     
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  10. fowlJ

    fowlJ Member

    Around here you see live crane flies rolling down the sidewalk like tumbleweeds when it's windy. I don't know how they're alive.
     
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  11. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    Crane fly: * flies inside, proceeds to bumble around the ceiling for 4 hours despite being shooed towards an open door several times *
     
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  12. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    you can catch them in your bare hand, just make a loose finger cage, they won’t sort their legs out enough to go between your fingers in time to keep from being carried outside. don’t catch them by a leg though, those pop right off like a lizards tail.
     
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  13. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    I've definitely managed to get them out before, it's just I'm too short to reach our ceilings and also clumsy enough to possibly hurt myself standing on a stepstool to try to grab one
     
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  14. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    out = up? fly? up?? sky where??
     
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  15. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    My visitor must´ve been a cranefly, it was dumb as toast.
     
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  16. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    my family calls those guys mosquito hawks! I'm not sure if that's a Maine thing, or a thing from somewhere else that we picked up and brought to Maine.
     
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  17. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    that’s what we call them in mn too. a lot of folks think they prey on mosquitoes but alas, they do not.

    nor do bats or spiders eat as many skeeters as previously thought. we really need to engineer a small skywhale that drifts around wetlands filter feeding on skeeters, gnats, and flies.
     
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  18. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Yeah, mosquito hawks or 'squeeter eaters is what we call them.

    PS I unironically love how this thread has devolved into the thread for lovingly dragging crane flies.
     
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  19. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    they’re just so dang goofy.
     
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  20. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    They're one of those insects where the larval form ("leatherjackets") are the majority of the lifespan. Major plant pest, attacks the roots.

    My dad's a professional horticulturalist so I learned about all this stuff growing up. He retired a few years ago from being head of the horticulture and landscaping department at a pretty big ag college.
     
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