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Old 05-13-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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I found these insects sunning themselves all over an abandoned holly behind our house. At first I thought they were a strange ant, now I'm not so sure. They seemed to be co-existing peacefully with the bugs in the last photo. Perhaps both are the same species, but different stages? Are they harmful or destructive?

Size: At least one half inch!



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Old 05-13-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Those are South American Army Ants!!! They march in the millions and devour everything in their path!!!! Run for your life!!!!!!

Or maybe they are something else......
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Sol System
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They resemble nymph stage assassin bugs.
Or banana bugs;whatever you do , don't aggravate or step on them. They stink like hell!! Last time I smelled one was over 20 years ago , but I still recall the odor like it was yesterday!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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They look huge! Ohhhhhhh, I hate bugs....bugs and humidity...only two things I dislike about the South...and I've put up with both almost all my life...I don't care what they are, harmless or not, they give me the willies!

I was cleaning one of the upstairs bathrooms today and there's no screen on the window. Stinky bf needs to open the window on occasion so the rest of us can breathe throughout the rest of the house. As I was taking down a dirty towel to replace it one of those big arse water beetle/wood roach/nasty arse things fell out onto the floor and scampered over my foot. I screamed at the top of my lungs. GAWD I hate those things! Needless to say, we WILL be replacing that screen this weekend! LOL

Back to the question at hand....I've never seen anything like that before and like I said, I've lived all but 13 months of my 46 years in the South....stumped here but I'd love to know.

Do a google search for bugs of North Carolina and I know you'll come up with several pages that may help you identify those things. I did this when I was trying to identify this bizarre spider in our yard.....crazy looking thing that was, too.

Let us know what ya find out.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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Pike's Nursery has some kind of photo insect book that you can leaf thru with the help of the manager (or on your own) & figure it out. Last time I used it, it was near the bug control section.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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Exclamation "Broad-Headed Bug"

We have a possible winner! Etacarinae said they're assassin bugs and looks to be close to the mark according to this website:
Family Alydidae - Broad-headed Bugs - BugGuide.Net


The ant-like critters are immature nymphs and the winged ones are adults of the genus Megalotomus. Knowing what they are reduces the heebie-jeebie factor! Thanks for the (entertaining ) replies.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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ok, i went to the website, EWWW, but besides that, are they harmful? God those things are hideous. I cant stand roach looking bugs.. or bugs in general, i will have to learn to cope with the "new" bugs in NC. We have plenty here in FL, but i at least know what the are. Those things look like small grasshoppers!
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