WTF Is This

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

  1. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Adequate Potato Goblin

    Can anyone id this bug? They keep coming out if my bathroom sink (at least I think the sink, maybe a wall crack, but sink seems likelier).

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    There's no scale here oops, but say like fingernail sized tops?

    There have also been several much smaller ones, but I didn't get pics of those.
     
  2. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Looks like an ant queen on her nuptial flight. Don't know the species, sorry!
     
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  3. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    yeah def an nuptial flight ant. They're cool but concerning and you prolly don't want them nesting in your walls somewhere tho
     
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  4. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Adequate Potato Goblin

    nnnnnNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO

    Well, hopefully maintenance can do something. Benefits of apartment living, I'm not the only one with a vested interest in my home not being bugs.
     
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  5. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    do those ever swarm? i had the idea that they were solitary but like a month ago i spent the day flagging at a spot where there were probably thousands of them flying around. i thought they were maybe termites but they looked just like that.
     
  6. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    all the queens from a single ant nest tend to go off together, and if you got several nests hitting the nuptial flight at once, you get a bunch of them around at once, though i don't think that really counts as 'swarming'

    think more of it like a queen bee's nuptial flight?
     
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  7. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    this would have had to have been a lot of nests, the air was full of the things all day. i thiiink it was probably termites after all.
     
  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    some species all do the flight based on the same triggering conditions -- temperature, rainfall, whatever. so you could've had basically every ant in town going off together. this is a survival advantage -- they don''t want to mate with their own siblings, after all.

    oh, and if they've still got their wings, they're unmated. they drop the wings when they land to start a nest.
     
  9. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Adequate Potato Goblin

    thank fucking god
     
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  10. Acey

    Acey partly submerged, playing a dirge

    So you’re saying they couldn’t give a flying fuck?
     
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  11. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Rather, the only fucks they give are flying, but they caese both flying and fucking shortly there after.
     
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  12. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    so i was scrolling around north korea on google maps, like ya do (there's apparently a 3d effect when you zoom in? it's weird!) and i encountered this curious structure. does anyone know what this is?

    there's a kind of college quad looking thing, and then a grid of little houses all alike, close enough that it must be related. i'd guess military base, except there are no vehicles or hangars or even a parking lot.
     
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  13. cosmofex

    cosmofex trans lesbian extraordinaire

    disregarding the little ghoul in my head wanting to guess awful things, my guess is either a logging community given the several dirt roads off into the woods, or a freshly set-up village given the neatness of arrangement and how the closest fields are a lot more organized than the ones near the other nearby population centers. Actually, that last one makes a lot of sense once you zoom in: the college quad thingy has very faint lines on it that look an awful lot like a football/soccer field!

    the revised guess: a little hamlet with a footie field, a nice greenhouse tube to the north, and some very young trees lining the roads.
     
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  14. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    oh yeah, communist countries do that, don’t they? build 24 identical houses and then tell 24 families “you live there now”, kind of thing. the regularity of it had me thinking it must be a facility of some kind. but i’ve seen that in pics of soviet towns too.
     
  15. BaseDeltaZero

    BaseDeltaZero Shitposting all night.

    To be fair, it's North Korea. Awful things are entirely on the table.
    But that doesn't seem to be the case here, if only because it doesn't look like their other concentration camps, and isn't in the right place.
     
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  16. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    There's also a sub-structure that looks like a greenhouse at the top of the structure, so I definitly think this is a new village.
     
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  17. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    there's no fence line, and it's close to more natural-looking villages, so i figured it wasn't an awful thing. it just didn't look like anything i recognized. once you allow for 'planned village' stuff, it definitely looks residential. the long buildings i'd taken for some kind of educational or government facility are probably apartment blocks.
     
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  18. WolffyLuna

    WolffyLuna Active Member

    This is a very common tree in my area, but I have no idea what it is called, and it's bothering me.

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    I'm in inland south eastern Australia.
     
  19. prickle

    prickle New Member

    looks like some kind of ironbark eucalyptus to me
     
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  20. WolffyLuna

    WolffyLuna Active Member

    Ahah! I think that might be what it is. Thank you!
     
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