When I was bringing in nice rich soil, decomposing grass clippings and leaves, etc from the woods next to my yard...I am quite sure sure I have come across a new species. Have you seen the movie Aliens? It looks like a white grub...only much more vicious and fierce. It doesn't have a brown head like white grubs are supposed to, no...it has big whitesh bubbly eyes. And on the first set of "legs"...they have huge claws!
And they are as big as a quarter and they're plump and look like if you squeeze...well...(think Animal House, the movie). What are these things??? And do I need to go and get them out of my lasagna? Out of about 12 wheelbarrow loads I think there were maybe 6 of them I saw.
What should I do? Have I stumbled upon a new species? Maybe I should call National Geographic...
If you can get a picture of one, someone might be able to tell you what it is. Sorry to disappoint you, but I doubt if it's a new species :) It's probably something that lots of other people have too and if you post a pic someone's sure to know what it is and whether it's something to worry about or not.
Ginger wrote "Stop stealing 'from the woods next to your yard' !!! lol"
That was a gut buster LMAO. Hilarious :-)
Good luck ID'ing your creepy crawly... you could always name it 'Ripley' (!)
(almost finished with something heading to NC)
Ok...I'm just goiing to have to go find one and take a picture. I spent a good 30 mins. looking at all the pics at the bug guide web page and nothing came close.
This will be very interesting...I wish I had a better digital camera.
Tune in tommorow for a new episode of "Alien in My Soil"...
Ginger...you are too funny!
I hope that one day, when I make over to your side of the world to visit my winemaker friends, I can come by and meet you!
So...I'm headed out right now (had to let it warm up..brrrr) and if I'm not back in an hour...please send animal control.
I know. I know...
I went out in my lasagna bed and moiled around a bit but it was difficult because I didn't want to mess up my layers. Probably wouldn't hurt it though.
So, bright and early tomorrow, I will go out and try again to slay the beast. I assure you...this is for real. I was not drinking any wine at the time.
But I am concerned that these grubs/larvae or whatever will hatch and become a colony in my lasagna and take over.
I will venture forth into the unknown at the light of day to fulfill my destiny and will not return empty handed.
PS Don't think I didn't notice that no reinforcements were sent...
Hello...it's me. I'm sure you all were very concerned, but I am A-OK...It was a tough battle but nonetheless, I prevailed. Never once did my preserverance waver...because I knew I had a mission. A mission to inform all future gardeners that there will be times when the soil traveled on, will not be friendly. So do not despair my fellow freaks of nature...for I will never think twice to step forward...into the unknown, to moil in the soil fearlessly...to capture the..."Aliens of the Soil"...
Anyone rolling up their pant legs yet?
Ok...let's hear it! What is it???
By the way...I was too close and it's blurry. But I took about 27 pictures, so if you need another one, I can send it.
I went outside to wash off some more seedling trays and checked in on the "Certronzenator" and he had a worm...right there in the grips of his claws...sucking the life out of him..her..him/her/them.
I quickly scooped him up (with protective armor of course) and plunged him into a bowl of water and then it happened.
I kid you not...his underbelly glowed. Yes, it glowed. It was what do you call it...crap...uh... transcendental? no... transparent? no... Irredescent! That's it! This is really getting good. I can see it now...
"PINGER - LOCAL HERO SAVES CROPS" I knew my time was coming...
[quote]Sure seemed like an alien invasion.[/quote]
Have you thought what they think of us when they first appear out of the ground .
Can you imagine what they are thinking when they see US standing there on 2 leggs ,
A shovel or spade in hand . And a Green watering can , Trying to drown them ???
Not a Pretty Sight I might add . lol Kell
Yup Ping, it was fun, but I would have enjoyed it more if you could have produced a real alien, sigh... Ginger, shame on you for ruining the horror with reality. I was seriously scared when I saw them come out as a kid though. When the bad movie version of Heinlein's Starship Troopers came out I relived the whole thing. I never thought about looking at it from their perspective though...
That would be somewhat challenging but fun so let me try... I wake up after 7 years from some really good dreams. I DON'T want to get out of bed. But something makes me so I wake up and look around. DIRT is all I see. Oh and a worm and some roots. Something instinctual points me up so I head that way, slowly moving the dirt with my claws (claws? when did I get claws). I move dirt for what seems like hours (and I spend a long time going around that rock). Finally I see light!
I come out and start playing the song I have been taught that will bring peace and harmony to the earth. And just then I notice the Giant. It must be 1000 times taller than me... It lifts me and carries me away. To a better place? I see a bright light as the giant worships me with a silverish device. The giant moves me again to a hard place. I see a shadow as the bottom part of the giant moves towar...
Ginger have you ever heard the song,"every party has a pooper, that is why I invited you..."? i was thinking it was a bloody alien /earth bug manufactured in a space ship. It freaking glowed man, explain that mr. Pinger, I wanted to move to Moresville so i could work for Nascar but now i must rethink it. i don`t like that bug. When we moved here from Ohio we found this hideous spider in our house, it was called a violin spider and we had these spiders called vinegeroons, if they bite you, your mouthtastes like vineger for a long time.
Anyway hell , What are you doing here ???
You haven`t posted on my toilet thread yet ?
Loosing our touch are we .
You do know I`ve missed you .
In the Mid-South is My thread called ' WHAT are YOU '.
Go add something Fun there .TTFN.
Ginger I wasn't flaming you. Just pointing out that you were missing an opportunity to further frighten Pinger by telling her it was a common insect. Especially with the wierd pictures and especially since you come from the country where most critters are poisonous or otherwise deadly.
Ginger, that's actually kind of a pretty bug, though I guess the sting would not be nice.
Come on, there's got to be way worse creepies in Australia. I hardly slept a wink when I visited in 1998 for fear of funnel web spiders. And box jellyfish. And and and...
This guy Lived behind one of my paintings in the house .
They don`t build a Web . So are hard to find .
That is my house key in front of him .
We needed a Wheel Barrow to take him away .
They don`t have a natural enemy so they live a long and HAPPY life .
They have 8 Eyes , So it`s hard to sneak up on them .
They have been known to scare Garden Nomes to death .
I only have gophers and rabbits not much bug troubles. Occasionally I`ll get aphids. We have a lot of arsnic in the soil, I`ve been told. Gophers sure love arsnic. I spent the afternoon, taking rebar and poking it real deep looking for soft spots and then I poisoned them and pushed it in with the rebar so now I have blisters all over my hands. I tried shoving dog doo down some big deep holes too to see if that would scare them off.