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Old 08-14-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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That would be great if we have cicadas in California because they have a sort of loud singing similar to locusts. But I've never heard of cicadas in the West before.
But we DO have them in CA!!! You need to come hang out with me here in the desert and listen to the continuous buzzing of the cicadas in the trees all around us. Fire a cap gun, or make some loud sound, and they stop for a few seconds, then they go back to that loud buzzing sound. Occasionally you will find a dead one - they are huge!

 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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We DO have cicadas in CA. In fact, my kids found a dead cicada in the yard yesterday in which a cricket had burrowed a hole and made a home in its underside. The cricket was dead too. It was like a "turducken" - only for insects!
Okay, that was my official guffaw for the day. The new holiday treat!
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The fig eating bugs I'm talking about lived in Van Nuys. They are bigger than the brown bugs, and green. Like this: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/pes...hic16/bug3.jpg

Not sure what you're seeing though, as the green june bugs fly clumsily, much like the brown ones.
That is the bug I keep seeing in the patio. Slow flying, even more clumsy than a june bug if that is possible.
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I was working in Palm Springs and one of my colleagues got bitten by a vinegaroon, they sent him to the emergency room.
Couldn't have been a vinegaroon, as they lack a sting as well as venom. Unless he reacts allergically to acetic acid, that wasn't a vinegaroon that sent him to the ER.
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Valencia, CA
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Ugh. They're awful. Far worse than scorpions. Not deadly, but if looks could kill... And to make matters worse, they come in many shades of black and brown, and can modify their color. I once reached for a doorknob and saw something move--it was a vinegaroon that had turned pure white to match the paint! I spent the next few minutes on the opposite side of the room shuddering and exclaiming, "eew! eww!"
Eeek! Eeek! You're really scaring me now!
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Another bug that is irritating is a flying "daddy long-legs." I don't know the name for these large bugs that look like the spider; they don't bite or sting people. But they fly into the house at night and hang around on the ceiling only to land on my face while I am asleep. Ick!
Those are European Crane Flies.
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Valencia, CA
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Couldn't have been a vinegaroon, as they lack a sting as well as venom. Unless he reacts allergically to acetic acid, that wasn't a vinegaroon that sent him to the ER.
I recall there was some discussion about something unusual in this, that vinegaroon bites aren't generally that serious. Perhaps then it was some sort of allergic reaction.

Whatever, I give wide berth to scorpions or anything that remotely resembles them. Playing with insects is definitely not my thing, although if you want to play with an insect then a June bug would be a pretty good choice. Or sal bugs. (That's what we called them as kids, probably referring to sow bugs, the ones that roll up in a little ball when you disturb them.)

It's interesting to know that some scorpions glow under UV light. I bought a UV flashlight just to play with next time I camp in the desert. I'm totally a desert rat!
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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From 1979 to 1989 I had a raccoon, he loved June bugs he ate them like pop corn.
After the Med Fly event in So CA, the nightly aerial malathion sprayings we lost June bugs for years. In the past June bugs were on the side of our house under the porch lights about 20 at a time. Now a days you might see one a night. We rescue them out of the pool when we swim, poor little buggers are so stupid they will fly right back in. Also dead at scene are all the frogs and salamanders we used to have around the houses, all lost to malathion.

I think the original bug we are discussing is that Fig bug, about the size of a half dollar coin. Different wing structure but still has the hard shell covering the wings like a June bug.
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I recall there was some discussion about something unusual in this, that vinegaroon bites aren't generally that serious.
That's because they don't bite...

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Or sal bugs. (That's what we called them as kids, probably referring to sow bugs, the ones that roll up in a little ball when you disturb them.)
That's what we called them as well. Must be a So Cal in the fifties-sixties thing. Their real name is "Woodlice".
 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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Couldn't have been a vinegaroon, as they lack a sting as well as venom. Unless he reacts allergically to acetic acid, that wasn't a vinegaroon that sent him to the ER.
You're right, and I should have clarified. What we call vinegaroons in Vegas are actually wind scorpions or sun spiders. Seriously ugly, very fast, and those do bite. Can't stand 'em! I once fell out of a chair because I was sitting there flipping through a magazine and there was one between the pages. I launched the magazine across the room. My brother found that rather amusing, the punk.
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