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Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #3292185

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...
Ping
ginger749

March 17, 2007
4:52 PM

Post #3292201

Quoting: What should I do?

Stop stealing 'from the woods next to your yard' !!! lol
LarissaH
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #3292231

Tin foil hats for all your plants.
prettyhortgirl
Somerville, MA
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2007
5:15 PM

Post #3292248

big bugs result in big larvae. could be cicada. [shrug]
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2007
5:56 PM

Post #3292367

Ok...fun's over...
I am totally serious and this is freaking me out. (smilin')
Do I have a problem on my hands?
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2007
5:59 PM

Post #3292377

If I have to...I'll go find one of those "aliens" and take a picture. (Not today...it's too cold and 30 mph winds)But let's try and figure this out first...any more comments?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2007
6:04 PM

Post #3292396

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.
ginger749

March 17, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3292487

First you need a Pic.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
This web Site will give you an answer within 1 hour . Guaranteed .
Ask in ID Request .

PhlowrsInPhilly
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 17, 2007
6:53 PM

Post #3292520

Ping-
Ginger wrote "Stop stealing 'from the woods next to your yard' !!! lol"
That was a gut buster LMAO. Hilarious :-)
Seriously though...
Good luck ID'ing your creepy crawly... you could always name it 'Ripley' (!)
Samantha
(almost finished with something heading to NC)
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 18, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3293533

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"...
ginger749

March 18, 2007
2:23 PM

Post #3294770

Today IS tomorrow ! and I`m here waiting .
I`m sitting in monday here in Aus.
I think you still have Sunday ?
Show us those bugs .
I`ll show you all one of My bug Shots while I wait .

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Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 18, 2007
3:08 PM

Post #3294905

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.
Ping
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2007
8:46 PM

Post #3296010

Ping, waiting on your pics still. LOL
ginger749

March 18, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #3296089

Me three .
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 18, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #3296214

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.
Ping

PS Don't think I didn't notice that no reinforcements were sent...
ginger749

March 18, 2007
9:34 PM

Post #3296249

I could send you a couple of hundred of these cute little fellas .
They eat EVERYTHING . They have been known to eat shoes & thongs .
By the way , That`s a 1 gallon Ice Cream tub he is lying on .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #3296257

Oh they were, just a little late. LOL.
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
6:18 PM

Post #3299049

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.

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Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
7:15 PM

Post #3299281

~~~~~NEWSFLASH~~~~~

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...
jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
7:45 PM

Post #3299393

That does look like an alien...
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 19, 2007
8:47 PM

Post #3299684

Pinger, that is truly nightmarish. I hope you are not just pulling our leg(s).

If it's real, I won't be planning any trips to your part of the country anytime soon!

Makes me appreciate our chilly climate; NOTHING like that would ever survive here. LOL.

Joanne

ginger749

March 19, 2007
9:36 PM

Post #3299906

It`s a plain old Garden variety Cicada .
Google it . And you will see .
They don`t bight ppl.
If I find a good story on them , I`ll post it up .
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
10:03 PM

Post #3300007

Well...it looked like an alien.

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jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
10:08 PM

Post #3300023

I remember seeing the Cicadas coming out of the ground one time when I was a kid. Suddenly there were big holes everywhere with these large bugs crawling out. Sure seemed like an alien invasion.
ginger749

March 19, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #3300056

Quoting:Sure seemed like an alien invasion.

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
LarissaH
Denton, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
10:20 PM

Post #3300075

We had our cicada invasion last year. If you think they look alien now, wait until you hear them chattering and buzzing all night...
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
10:46 PM

Post #3300175

I honestly had no clue what my "alien" was...
But I hope for those of you who popped in, enjoyed the wee bit of humor. (smilin)
Pinger

OMG!!!! What is that crawling across my window sill? (hee hee)
ginger749

March 19, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #3300212

I hope it is not one of these on your Window Sill .
If it is . You better look out , Or Run very fast .
http://www.funpic.hu/files/pics/00031/00031751.jpg
jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2007
11:14 PM

Post #3300285

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...
ginger749

March 19, 2007
11:20 PM

Post #3300313

Hey jkehl , Don`t stop now .
I want to hear the bit when the Australian Aborigines eat You .lol

hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3300373

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.
ginger749

March 19, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #3300430

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.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2007
12:24 AM

Post #3300509

Rolls up a News Paper Splatzzzzzzzzz thats the end of that cicada
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2007
12:22 PM

Post #3301659

I like your style, that would be my appoach, vwap, no mas aliens en mi casa ni jardin. Ginger I am a dingbat, I didn`t thread watch it accidently so...oops again
ginger749

March 20, 2007
1:29 PM

Post #3301839

OK hell I hear you . lol
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2007
1:40 PM

Post #3301878

i keep getting calls in the middle of my very valuable input as to whether the roll should go over or under, this is a source of contention in our home and fathered many discussions. lol good one Kell
ginger749

March 20, 2007
1:46 PM

Post #3301899

So did you add a comment to the thread / roll ?
It`s a bit like our bush walking " only leave Foot Prints Behind "
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2007
1:49 PM

Post #3301911

yep and I agree giggling still sorry we jacked your alien thread, we`l behave now... if we can
ginger749

March 20, 2007
2:04 PM

Post #3301970

Pinger42 ,
Can we see a better Pic . of your alien ?
Hijack not intentional . Kell

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2007
2:38 PM

Post #3302087

Helln, don't brown recluse spiders have a violin shape on their backs?
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #3302286

they don`t live in our area. ????? Black widows and scorpions, and vinegaroons which i never see them or scorpions anymore. Lots of BW`s in dark places.
prettyhortgirl
Somerville, MA
(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #3309096

wow, i cant believe my cicada guess [the 4th post] was actually right, with no pic.

hahahaha. well i just knew cicada was the biggest ugliest larvae i ever saw :p
Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2007
6:52 PM

Post #3309744

You rock, p!

So do I need to find them in my lasagna bed and get them out or are they fine being in there?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2007
8:56 PM

Post #3310142

They should be fine. Just be prepared for all the noise they make starting at dusk. They get LOUD!
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 22, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #3310152

I'd be wacking those suckers with the biggest shovel I could find. Yuck. I'm still having nightmares about this thread! LOL
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #3310265

Think they are bad now, wait til they shed. You will find their skins everywhere.
ginger749

March 22, 2007
9:38 PM

Post #3310276

Not game to add any more ,
I keep getting Flamed .
I had some good Pics , Oh Well.
jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2007
10:06 PM

Post #3310371

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.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 22, 2007
10:18 PM

Post #3310400

Just wait until you've seen a Jerusalem Cricket...talk about UGLY !!! Although, they look cute compared to that Cicada.
ginger749

March 22, 2007
10:43 PM

Post #3310496

Thought I would Just add this little fella .
His sting is 4 times worse than a wasp sting .
A Walking Work of Art .

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 22, 2007
10:54 PM

Post #3310544

So are you going to tell us what it is???
jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2007
10:54 PM

Post #3310547

See there, Ginger just wants you to think you don't have aliens in you soil. The picture pretty much guarantees Ginger is working WITH the aliens.
ginger749

March 22, 2007
10:58 PM

Post #3310559

Nanu Nanu .
ginger749

March 22, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #3310573

Another view .

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Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2007
11:10 PM

Post #3310593

LOL Jeff...

And I liked your "other view" of the story... :)


And Grow_Jo...you really made me laugh...lol
ginger749

March 22, 2007
11:21 PM

Post #3310620

These innocent looking little walking Antennae ,
Keep me in touch with all activities on Earth .

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 22, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #3310683

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...
ginger749

March 23, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #3310835

Jo. Did you ever watch Mork & Mindi ?

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 .

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2007
2:41 AM

Post #3310848

Who has brown recluses? who has black widdows? Who has tarantulas Ginger? I had a pet one, my x got it in the divorce. lol/ for real
ginger749

March 23, 2007
3:21 AM

Post #3310872

hellnzn11
Quoting: I had a pet one, my x got it in the divorce.

What pet was that ?
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 23, 2007
9:50 AM

Post #3311406

Ginger
Eeek. Ummm, hard to find? Something that size??? Yikes. And when you got him outside, you gave him a stern lecture to stay out there, I hope. Yes, I remember Mork & Mindy - nanu nanu.

Pinger42
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2007
9:53 AM

Post #3311417

Hell...
I don't have any pictures but there are tons of black widows and brown recluse living in NC.
I saw 2 black widows last summer under some rocks by my water garden.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2007
10:46 AM

Post #3311569

really I thought they were deserty. Kell/Tarantuals
ginger749

March 23, 2007
1:06 PM

Post #3311942

This cute little Guy looks like Bat Boy / Robin with his Mask on .

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2007
1:16 PM

Post #3311958

I disagree, not cute at all. She does have an albino charlottes web sort of look though
ginger749

March 23, 2007
1:28 PM

Post #3311993

Well hell you are right ?
It is a she . A jelly Bean spider or Crab Spider .
http://bugguide.net/images/cache/BLSZOLKZWL8R3ZIROZMRCZQRYZYLCZXR3Z7ROZ8RHHQZQHIR3ZZZFZIRFZXR2LJLYZERZHQR3ZRZPL3LFZFLCZGR.jpg Copyright 2005 Chris Wirth
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2007
2:05 PM

Post #3312083

You are an aracna geek aren`t you?
ginger749

March 23, 2007
2:32 PM

Post #3312158

hell , I try.
On 10 Acres of land there are a lot of Bugs and things .
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2007
7:24 PM

Post #3313247

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.
sweetness475

March 31, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3341462

freaky
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 31, 2007
10:22 PM

Post #3341556

I call dh sweetness sometimes, It is funny because he is not all that sweet sometimes. lol, he has a sweet side though. Any control of the alien population?
ginger749

March 31, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #3341676

We are all working on an Irradiation program
to rid the World of them pesky critters .
Not sure if they are from Mars or Venus ???
I have heard they are ' FUN GUYS '
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 31, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #3341688

didn`t appear that way to me, good to hear though! Kell ever been here in the States?
ginger749

March 31, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #3341713

Only through Panama canal.
On the way to Southampton Engerland .

Panama City was very scary in 1974 .
Soldiers carrying Machine guns in the streets .

hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 31, 2007
11:54 PM

Post #3341917

oow, My mom`s friend was an American School teacher there and got killed

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