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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Fugly Buglies?
« on: July 15, 2008, 06:19:48 AM »
Oklahoma Ugly Bug Home Page is filled with bugs' mugshots.  This guy, for example, is apparently a Mole Cricket:



Cool.

Though most people probably do consider the various bugs to be downright ugly, I myself actually find many of them rather beautiful.  (Not in the way that Catherine Schell is beautiful, of course, but in the way that, say, a coral reef or the surface of Mars is beautiful.)  Take a look and see what you think! :)

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Offline The Overlord

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 03:44:36 AM »

If I'm going to employ an adjective here, I'd go for amazing. Amazing that these little constructs exist, one of the most prolific and successful classes of life on the planet.

Also fortunate; fortunate that the laws of physics pretty much prohibit their exoskeleton design from existing on our scale...which would be horrifying.

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 06:31:21 AM »
If I'm going to employ an adjective here, I'd go for amazing. Amazing that these little constructs exist, one of the most prolific and successful classes of life on the planet.

Also fortunate; fortunate that the laws of physics pretty much prohibit their exoskeleton design from existing on our scale...which would be horrifying.

Indeed!  That said, land-based arthropods can get at least as big as the coconut crab.  Perhaps in some deep, dark jungle a belligerent land-based arthropod the size of a coconut crab exists...

With regard to water-based arthropods... well, let's not forget the newly-discovered Jaekelopterus rhenaniae.  Yikes.

Thanks for the reply, The Overlord! :)

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 09:32:06 AM »
A bug that's bigger than me? O noes. :o

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 05:34:23 PM »
A bug that's bigger than me? O noes. :o

Well, to be fair, the scientists are basing this on the fossil that they discovered of the creature's claw.  As you and I were discussing in Which Fish? #2, it can be dangerous to infer too much from a single specimen.  Maybe the creature existed exactly as described; maybe it actually looked like Keith Richards with claws and flew through the air singing an early rendition of "Let's Spend the Night Together."

Most likely the scientists have a few details wrong, including, possibly, those details relating to its size.  Nonetheless, the fossil does represent a claw that was eighteen inches long, which is monstrous enough to get my attention regardless of exactly how big the creature that sported it was.  I mean, if a creature's sharp parts are bigger than my soft parts, I walk in the other direction.

Or swim, as the case may be.

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 05:37:05 PM »
[...] maybe it actually looked like Keith Richards with claws and flew through the air singing an early rendition of "Let's Spend the Night Together."

Ahahaha... I laughed loudly enough at this one that I made my neighbour (who was just coming in from work) jump and kind of stare at me through the (open, because it is hot) window.

I was laughing too hard to explain, but I think my neighbours are used to it by now. :D

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 05:42:07 PM »
Ahahaha... I laughed loudly enough at this one that I made my neighbour (who was just coming in from work) jump and kind of stare at me through the (open, because it is hot) window.

I was laughing too hard to explain, but I think my neighbours are used to it by now. :D

Awesome.  I'm pleased! ;D

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Offline TheAnimeFanGirl

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 01:59:39 AM »
Oh God, those are so creepy. If anyone knows me, then they know that I'm a severe scaredy-cat when it comes to certain bugs. The only bugs I'll accept are butterflies, caterpillars, pill bugs, and worms (possibly aphids too). Any other bugs, and I'll be running and screaming.

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2008, 05:55:28 PM »
Oh God, those are so creepy. If anyone knows me, then they know that I'm a severe scaredy-cat when it comes to certain bugs. The only bugs I'll accept are butterflies, caterpillars, pill bugs, and worms (possibly aphids too). Any other bugs, and I'll be running and screaming.

You actually seem quite tolerant to me!  Although many people do find butterflies and caterpillars cute, most can't stand pill bugs and worms.

By the way, did you know that pill bugs have some rather large aquatic relatives?



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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2008, 06:11:58 PM »
See... see, this is why I don't eat lobster whole. Because, to me, they look like that. Blech.

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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2008, 06:22:55 PM »
Oh my God... That thing is SO GROSS!

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2008, 06:26:01 PM »
Well, it's kinda cool from the perspective of you can see the segmenting and legs and whatnot very clearly... I mean, usually pill bugs are pretty dirty and you can't see all of that stuff. Being able to hose the thing off and look at them without the danger of washing away the specimen itself is pretty damned cool. That and holy huge carapace, Batman! So awesome.

I'm just not about to eat it, personally.

Offline ZK

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2008, 07:10:30 PM »
Doesn't look gross to me. But then again, I am more resilient when it comes to bugs... owning rental homes (often in disrepair due to bad tenet) opened me up to many buggies.


And come on, you got to love the lobster. She does:


Offline TheAnimeFanGirl

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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2008, 07:44:14 PM »
Lobsters aren't that bad, since they're not considered bugs. They're crustaceans, I believe.

Offline ZK

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2008, 07:49:33 PM »
Still considered in the same family of spiders and such. They're still aquatic bugs in my account. I don't care what it looks like, as long as it's nice and tasty... as well safe for me to eat when it comes to bug looking things. ^.^

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2008, 07:53:02 PM »
I don't eat bugs of any kind (too gross to look at). The only thing I eat that looks even the slightest bit like a bug is shrimp (only when they're cooked, and it's just the inside).

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2008, 07:58:48 PM »
Not so fugly buglies...in my opinion

Jewel Spiders

Scroll down for some awesome photos. 

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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2008, 08:02:29 PM »
Those look like spiders mixed with crabs. I like the colors, but spiders still creep me out.

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2008, 08:04:40 PM »
When I first came in contact with them last year in Key West, I was told they were called crab spiders. 

But evidently the crab spider is something totally different.

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2008, 08:14:17 PM »
Of course, there is always the Happy Face Spider of the Hawaiian Islands.



I have an odd thing with spiders.  In my house, they've signed their own suicide note.  And I'm crazily afraid of walking near or underneath webs.  But I adore looking at pictures of them and can even handle larger species of spiders (such as tarantulas) with no problem. 

Offline TheAnimeFanGirl

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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2008, 08:19:17 PM »
Eeek!

That happy face one is kinda cute (only the butt is cute. The rest is gross).

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2008, 08:20:50 PM »
But evidently the crab spider is something totally different.

Oh, Ket! The white one with the red markings on the purple flower is just beautiful! That's awesome!

Anime! Stop clicking on a thread about bugs if you don't like them! :P Tch... mark it read instead.

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Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2008, 08:25:41 PM »
She is gorgeous isn't she?

What amazes me in those photos is that most of them are eating other bugs 3 times their size.  As creepy as they are, spiders are amazing creatures.

Offline TheAnimeFanGirl

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2008, 08:30:54 PM »
Sorry. If there were pretty buggies, then I'd post something good about them.

Offline ZK

Re: Fugly Buglies?
« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2008, 08:46:28 PM »
People scare this chinchi more then bugs. *squeaks*