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Old 02-26-2019, 07:41 PM
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Help me remember - weird bug with a weird name?


I am racking my brain trying to remember the name for this bug. It’s a harmless, but reasonably big insect, with sort of long, bent, pincher arms, and kind of a flat body. The name is something cutesy, like reminds me of hurdy burdy or rolly-poly?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:19 PM
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Too easy, but praying mantis?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:24 PM
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Stink bug?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:45 PM
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Stag beetle?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:53 PM
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Hallucigenia?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:56 PM
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Vinegarroon?
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:01 PM
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Nope. None of these. Dammit. It will come back to me, it will just drive me insane first.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:02 PM
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Dung beetle
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:08 PM
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Amblypygi
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:14 PM
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Pincher arms make me think earwig? We could cutesify the name to "eary-wiggy" if you like.
https://www.google.com/search?q=earw...w=1242&bih=583

Or silverfish?
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...mg.C5uZ5nkE5-0

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Old 02-26-2019, 09:53 PM
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Are you sure about pincher arms? Not many insects have those.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:57 PM
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Daddylonglegs (harvestmen) aren't insects but are harmless and fairly big.

There actually are "bugs" called roly-poly bugs (pillbugs, woodlice, Armadillidium vulgare), although they're crustaceans rather than insects. Quite small and not long-legged, though.

Mealy bugs have a "cutesy" name but, again, aren't anything like your description.

Water striders or "Jesus bugs", aquatic insects held up by surface tension on the top of bodies of water, are more like your description but I can't believe you wouldn't have remembered the water striding.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:58 PM
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Are you sure about pincher arms? Not many insects have those.
Yeah, that's what's flummoxing me too. Actual pincers or just long antennae?

Still, I'm on the edge of my seat to find out what this insect is.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:14 PM
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The description, for me, mentally calls up a scorpion, but that ain't harmless.

... something vaguely resembling a scorpion, perhaps?
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The description, for me, mentally calls up a scorpion, but that ain't harmless.

... something vaguely resembling a scorpion, perhaps?
https://arachnipedia.fandom.com/wiki...28Amblypygi%29

Amblypygi. I found it! Whew!

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Cooties?

nope, that's not it either...

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"It looks like an alien monster from the depths of hell that will eat your face" as part of the description would have helped.
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And I would have thought the common name "tailless whip scorpion" would have been pretty memorable as well as decidedly non-"cutesy". Still, good work Poysyn on remembering it, I think it would have taken us a long time to guess!
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And I would have thought the common name "tailless whip scorpion" would have been pretty memorable as well as decidedly non-"cutesy". Still, good work Poysyn on remembering it, I think it would have taken us a long time to guess!
Sorry. I remember thinking “Awww what a cute name...I bet it’s cute, like a ladybug or a bumble...DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, WHAT THE F IS THAT?”
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"It looks like an alien monster from the depths of hell that will eat your face" as part of the description would have helped.
Yes. Yes it does! And why does everyone have it on their face in the results?
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And you call that a "bug"?
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Yes. Yes it does! And why does everyone have it on their face in the results?
If you google "amblypygi on face" they all seem to have fixed grins. I think that's because they have been injected with neurotoxin and paralyzed before the face-eating begins.
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Hat doff to purplehorseshoe who guessed "scorpion" just from the initial description, though.
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Harmless or not, I'm killing that thing on sight!
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I may not kill it. But, by god, I'll be running. Fast.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:38 PM
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Question for the OP: does it have any poysyn?
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I may not kill it. But, by god, I'll be running. Fast.
I don't have to run faster than the Amblypygi. I just have to run faster than YOU.
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Poysyn's linked article has food for thought as well:
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The sensory legs are very thin, have numerous sensory receptors, and can extend several times the length of body. Typically, the animal holds one of these legs out in front of it as it moves, and uses the other to probe the terrain to the side.
yikes

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They rarely bite if threatened, but can grab fingers with their pedipalps, resulting in thorn-like puncture injury.
yikes

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Research conducted by entomologists at Cornell University suggests that mother amblypygids communicate with their young by caressing the offspring with her anteniform front legs, and that the offspring reciprocate both with their mother and their siblings.
awwww

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Mother amblypygids are notoriously testy and should be treated with extreme caution, because they will not hesitate to attack if they feel their young are threatened.
yikes
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Gah! Did not want to hear that.
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Lethocerus americanus – Giant Water Bug. He’s got the cutesy nickname, “Toe-Biter” (well, it’s kind of cute, unless he’s biting your toe).

He’s big, flat and has pincer-type arms. He’s your perp. Bug him, Danno!
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Hat doff to purplehorseshoe who guessed "scorpion" just from the initial description, though.
Let's not forget beowulff, who got it spot-on with "vinegaroon."

Wait, I was reading that wrong. They're not to be confused with vinegaroons. Nevermind.

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"It looks like an alien monster from the depths of hell that will eat your face" as part of the description would have helped.
Im going to click that link, aren't I? Then be creeped out all day I'd bet, right?
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What's the cutesy name you thought it was? Ambly Piggy?
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I clicked the link, but only long enough to realize it was a mistake and quickly close it.

So. Please tell me where that thing lives so I can be sure I never ever go there for any reason.
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So. Please tell me where that thing lives so I can be sure I never ever go there for any reason.
They eat domestic dogs and cats, so they tend to hide under beds and behind curtains. Found throughout the U.S., especially abundant in the Midwest.
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This was one of the first "what's that bug" posts I can remember where the answer wasn't house centipede.

And now I'm all set for the next time I play "would you rather..."
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Poysyn's linked article has food for thought as well:



yikes





yikes





awwww





yikes
I like the characterisation of a giant alien spideroid that, as this thread has established, will eat your goddamn face off if it doesn't like your face, as 'testy'.
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We have one as a pet. Harmless doesn't even begin to describe how shy and timid it is. You couldn't make it bite you if you wanted to.
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We have one as a pet. Harmless doesn't even begin to describe how shy and timid it is. You couldn't make it bite you if you wanted to.
Go to hell.

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I clicked the link, but only long enough to realize it was a mistake and quickly close it.
It gets worse...that link gives no indication of scale...the bloody things are as big as an adult human hand.
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Amblypygi? I ain't afraid of no stinkin' amblypygi.

For your consideration: this article said they come out at night, so watch your step. On the other hand:

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As frightening as whip spiders appear, they are truly harmless to humans.
Dammit. Another idea for a low-budget horror movie squelched by science.
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Doodlebug?

Picture.
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... it will just drive me insane first.
Sounds like the Ceti eel.
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Eating them was a regular stunt on Fear Factor.

https://youtu.be/1vyz3pnppL0
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We have one as a pet. Harmless doesn't even begin to describe how shy and timid it is. You couldn't make it bite you if you wanted to.
Ferreals? How'd you acquire one, and what care does it need?
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