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#1 jabelman OFFLINE  

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Posted July 31, 2016 - 05:43 PM

I had no idea what they were either until today. I cut a couple branches off my peach trees that were hanging low. I picked up an arm full of cuttings and instantly felt pain on right forearm. I thought I got whacked by a hornet or wasp. it hurt like hell and swelled up. I grabbed some ice and went back to pick up the branches and took a picture creature that bit me. nasty looking thing.

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Posted July 31, 2016 - 06:01 PM

Damn that thing is ugly,glad i havent run into one
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Posted July 31, 2016 - 06:43 PM

Hope you're okay. Ugly little sucker.
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Posted July 31, 2016 - 07:18 PM

We always called them army beetles, they are a good bug to keep around because they eat other bugs.



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Posted July 31, 2016 - 07:21 PM

Look at the pecker on that thing!!!


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Posted July 31, 2016 - 07:53 PM

There assassin bug. And I agree the bite is really painful.



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Posted July 31, 2016 - 08:07 PM

Holy Cow glad we don't have of those things around here.



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Posted July 31, 2016 - 09:12 PM

Anything that bites me I kill and then take picture's.


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 03:26 AM

DAMN!!!!! THAT THING IS CREEPY! I hate things like that that bite you. We have these huge nasty flying biting beetles up here that love pine's boys when you get bit... they will almost take you down! And that's from a small one! I have seen them 2" long!
On another note; I see Bayer got in trouble with a pesticide, belt I think was one of the names,anyways I have been fighting these darned striped cucumber beetles on one of my squash variety and they were doing a number on them. Nothing natural seemed to work? So as a last resort I broke out something from my secret stash and just barely whiffed them with it, and it wiped them out... done..no more issues.. and I didn't use but maybe 3/4 cup of mixed liquid spray..from my 1 gallon spayer.. you know what it was...seven with 50% ddt from away. Must be from the early 70's.
Man did that stuff work on them. I only sprayed the goods that were getting killed by these buggers because I hate using poisons on my crops, luckily these are not eating goods only decorative ones.
It just goes to show how effective the stuff can be if used correctly.
Roundup will be the next thing banned... the stuff is a patented anti-biotic!! And you wonder why nothing the doctor prescribes works.......
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Posted August 01, 2016 - 05:03 AM

We have those around here. Never had one bite me though.



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Posted August 01, 2016 - 06:48 AM

We have those around here. Never had one bite me though.

That's because you didn't wrestle with it like jabelman did. Com'on! You have to allow stuff to defend itself. As for banning Round Up, how is that going to happen when a chemical company the size of Monsanto bases their whole GMO crop system on it?


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 09:47 AM

Roundup will be the next thing banned

 

   I hate to start something but in reality there are a lot of natural things in our soil that can kill you. Anthrax for example. Molds and bacteria are another example. And how many people spread manure on their gardens? I do and I sure wouldn't want to eat that either. At least Roundup has run its course in 7 days and no longer is harmful to plants. The majority of these chemicals are safe when used according to the instructions. It's the people who think " if a little is good then a lot is better" that put a bad face on things.

   The news headlines that read "Chinese use human waist to fertilize crops!" just slay me. The orientals have been doing this for decades and they don't die any younger than we do. Some of them have lived a lot longer then I will eating rice everyday that was grown in those conditions. 


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 02:36 PM

 

   The news headlines that read "Chinese use human waist to fertilize crops!" just slay me. The orientals have been doing this for decades and they don't die any younger than we do. Some of them have lived a lot longer then I will eating rice everyday that was grown in those conditions. 

You know what they say in the Navy; "The Chinese are immune to stuff that would kill us." :D


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 02:44 PM

Yep.  Assassin bug or wasp killer is what I've heard them called.  I got the pleasure of seeing one for the first time a few years ago.  It was on a hay bale, killing/eating a wasp.  Since it was killing/eating a wasp, he was OK to stay in my book!  :D



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Posted August 04, 2016 - 02:49 PM

here it is Thursday I still have a mark, took 3 days for the itching and swelling to go away. that thing bite harder than a sting by a white faced hornet.

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