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  •  Oh, those are crazy! (4+ / 0-)

    We don't have a lot of them in Idaho, but we do have some. I'll never forget the first time I saw one, I was terrified. It was in Inkom (had to add that detail for you ;))
    and it was in a dirt stack on my grandparent's property.

    I stared at it for a long time to memorize it, then ran back to the house to tell everyone that there was this really HUGE, crazy bug that was some sort of mix between a bumblebee and big spider.

    Grandpa said, "Sounds like you saw your first real potato bug."

    That's what they called them in Nebraska, I guess.

    I was in shock that no one was interested in my discovery. I thought the didn't believe me, and I will never forget seeing that thing.

    I've seen a few since then, but none as menacing as the first one. I'm sure I've exxaggerated the size and threat of it in my mind over the past 30 years.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:19:54 PM PST

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    •  I don't know, if you follow the link I put in (2+ / 0-)
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      my comment, the wiki page has a pic of one standing next to a quarter and dwarfing it.  It looks like a monster, but I've seen other pics of them that make that one look like a baby.  And I've handled other kinds of insects with smaller mandibles than these things that drew blood when they bit me.  I'm thinking anything with massive mandibles on a bug the size of a small potato could really do some damage.  I'd say you were wise to be afraid of the thing.  I know I would be.

      "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

      by Got a Grip on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:38:07 PM PST

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      •  This made me literally LOL (2+ / 0-)
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        I have no knowledge of any damage they might do to anything except your sanity.
        It's hard for me to say how large the one I saw was. I remember it being about the size of an adult thumb, but again, I was young and the memory is probably exaggerated in my mind.

        I can, however, say that it I've never seen a bug larger than that since then.

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 12:43:21 AM PST

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    •  They are really scary (3+ / 0-)
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      BoiseBlue, Got a Grip, Matt Z

      especially the first time you see them. I remember my step dad was driving into the yard and damn near ran his new '64 T Bird into the house trying to run one over. I still laugh about it, he was screaming like a girl. (I wish he was still here to poke fun at.)

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:59:06 PM PST

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