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  1. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Watching the La Palma volcanic eruption from the other side of the island (Roque de los Muchachos). Picture: Kike_Infoto

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  2. Standingstones

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    I’m a sucker for photos like these.
     
  3. pigfarmer

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    More bugs. This guy landed next to me and when I went to take his picture he put his feelers out and took on an aggressive stance. I went inside, this little bastard was in no mood to be trifled with and I had no idea what sort of pointy-bitey-stingey thing he might have.

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  4. Standingstones

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    I notice that we have an infestation of stink bugs all of a sudden. I thought we had eradicated those bastards.
     
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  5. pigfarmer

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    That one isn't a stink bug, no idea what it is other than a badass. We've had more of those damned stink bugs this year than I've ever seen
     
  6. Standingstones

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    I hardly saw a stink bug this summer. There was nest of them on our screen door last evening. It’s a full time job trying to kill them.
     
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  7. Standingstones

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    From what I read that insect is an arachnid. They don’t have any antennae and I think I count eight legs total.
     
  8. 1963

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    Wouldn't have touched it myself PF,... but a quick picture search on google thinks it is a (Leptoglossus occidentalis) ... or a Western Conifer Seed Bug . [Western conifer seed bugs are often confused with the destructive brown marmorated stink bugs and assassin bugs. However, these insects can be easily identified by observing their lower hind legs, which widen out towards the sides in the shape of a tiny leaf.] ... as for "stinging you? ... apparently not! ... but you should keep an eye on their numbers because....
    Is the Pine Seed Bug Harmful?
    Unlike other pests, pine seed bugs do not bite, carry diseases, eat household items, or cause any other kind of harm to people, pets, or homes. These bugs do not reproduce inside homes either, as all egg-laying and growth happens on the branches of the coniferous trees during the summers. Any damage or injuries are usually caused by people who overreact while trying to kill or escape from these bugs. However, this insect is a pest to pine seed producers, garden centers, and nurseries, as they cause heavy damage to the seeds of the coniferous trees. If these bugs invade homes in large numbers, and are causing a nuisance, there are a few ways to prevent their entry or get rid of them. ....
    How to Get Rid of Western Conifer Seed Bugs - Home Quicks
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  9. The shadow

    The shadow The shadow knows!

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  10. pigfarmer

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    Wow! Cool.

    Here's something to note about eyewitness testimony. Look at the assumptions I had casually made without realizing it.

    First, I assumed it landed but when I thought about it, it didn't. It simply appeared in my field of vision where a lot of bugs that fly do actually land.

    Second that it was something it was not - some sort of flying insect. It's comparatively aggressive behavior might be normal for a spider and explains why it didn't just buzz off. Maybe it was just saying hi.

    So next time I'll feel free to squish the little bastard. Pine trees themselves can be as big a pest as they are. All I can tell you for sure about bugs is that when they or anything else cast desirous eyeballs, maybe up to a million of them (ick), on my house they will all die die die. Time to go mix up some concentrate waaaaaaaaay beyond the recommendation on the label and pour it around the foundation of the house. Seems to do a good job of keeping the creepies out.
     
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  11. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Snow Leopard perfectly camouflaged in mountain terrain baffles the internet

    Snow Leopard perfectly camouflaged in mountain terrain baffles the internet
    By Alice Fuller, The Sun November 19, 2021 1:58pm

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    Photographer Saurabh Desai began trekking in the Spiti Valley in 2019 with one mission - to take a photo of the elusive snow leopard.Saurabh Desai / CATERS NEWS
    The “world’s most elusive cat” is so perfectly camouflaged on mountain terrain it is almost impossible to spot. But among the rocks and snow lies a leopard eagerly waiting to pounce.

    And once you catch sight of it, you’ll wonder how you ever missed it.

    The mind-boggling photo was taken high in the Himalayas in northeastern India.

    Photographer Saurabh Desai began trekking in the Spiti Valley in 2019 with one mission.

    “I was on my search of the world’s most elusive cat which is also known as ‘Grey Ghost’ in the popular local language,” he told My Modern Met.

    After almost three years on the lookout, Desai finally managed to snap the brown leopard about eight kilometres from the high-altitude village of Kibber.

    And it appears the big cat saw him too, with its piercing eyes looking directly into the camera.

    Desai, from Gujarat, was left utterly “speechless” by the chance encounter.

    He said: “The picture depicts the snow leopard trying to get off the cliff.”

    “But observing our presence, it decided to wait until it got really dark and it stayed there on the edge.”

    The recently resurfaced picture was taken at an altitude of 17,000 feet at about -86F.

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    Snow leopard hides on a cliff in the Himalayas in northeastern India.
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    Oxygen levels had also plunged to less than 50 percent compared to normal.

    Social media users were perplexed by the photo, with some taking hours to clock the creature.

    One said on Reddit: “I’ve seen this image 643634 times and I’m always like, ‘where are you you little b*****d?’”

    Another commented: “Honestly can’t see any leopard … damn nature, you scary.

    And one said on Twitter: “After finding it … it becomes so apparent and easy to see.”

    This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission
     
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