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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 789 times:

Hi,

Even though this is in the non-aviation forum, it may sound very weird.

This story starts about 4 weeks ago. I am in my room and something catches my eye, I looked down at the carpet and here's this small, black bug. I tried to kill it, but it flew away. The same occurence happend 2 more times and I couldn't even desrcibe how the bug looked.

Last night, I saw it walking around on the floor again. It is a long and narrow black bug, sometimes it flies short distances. This time, I was able to hit it with a magazine, I hit it hard too. After I hit it, it start making weird "pop" noises, as it made the noises, it seemed to pop inside as well. This may sound like a very odd thing to post on airliners.net, but I have tried to search for it to find info.

BTW, after I hit it, it quit the noises and scampered away under furniture.

Can anyone please give me some info on this bug, is it dangerous?

Thanks very much!

Best and Kind Regards,

B744

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User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 726 times:

LOL!!!      

I have never heard of such!


User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 723 times:

...it's always difficult when you stop doing drugs, isn't it?... 

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 722 times:

Drugs? Never have touched, never will.

Does anyone have any idea what it could be??

(It is really starting to piss me off, that damn bug!)

LOL!

Rgds,

B744



User currently offlineIflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 704 times:

You need to get off airliners.net (How Could I Say Such A Thing) Turn Of Your Computer, & Get Some Sleep!

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 701 times:

I guess I was frustrated about it when I posted this, but I can't find anything about it. I don't spend much time on airliners.net, just in the evening and night.

Why do you say that, Iflycoach?


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 700 times:

Librarian to the rescue!!!

Try this link: http://www.insect-world.com/insects/six.html Maybe you can figure out what it is.

If it's making a popping sound, and it flies, it is probably some type of beetle.
I don't know about the insects in the Southwest, but I would suppose you could narrow your search down by specifying the Texas-type climate (is Austin in a humid area, or are you in a semi-arid area? I've never been there).

Good luck.

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 700 times:

Maybe it was just a harmless dragonfly you tried to swat! Or an ichneumon wasp. I'm not an expert on bugs and other creepy-crawlies, but these two have long, narrow bodies and can fly. Both are harmless, I can tell you that. Don't know about the popping noises, though.

Are you sure your not seeing or hearing things that aren't there are you?


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 694 times:

??? What do you mean? I have seen this thing a few times. I hit it once and it did make noises, they are very hard to decribe, trust me, I'm not seeing or hearing anything that doesn't exist.

BTW, thanks Redngold!!

Rgds,

B744


User currently offlineIflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 688 times:

Just Giving You A Hard Time

 

BTW: I Have Never Crushed A Bug And Heard It Go Pop!


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 685 times:

LOL!

Hey, Redngold, u know of any other website that has pictures?

Thanks!

Regards,

B744

BTW, that bug keeps pissing me off.

LOL!


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 683 times:

I just looked up "insects" on Yahoo! and that's the best one I found quickly. Hmm... let's see... be back in a sec...



Ahh... This one's supposed to have pics. http://www.coleoptera.org/ It's named after the beetle genus. I really think you have a beetle that snapped it's wings at you when you hit it. They can do that, you know...

redngold



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User currently offlineIflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 685 times:

Hmmm..... I Got It!
Go Find Another One Of These But Before You Do Go Ask The Guys In The Photo Room How To Take A Picture. Then When You Seed On Take Either You Nikon Camera Body Or A Newspapper Give It A Good Wack Get The File Developed & Maybe We Could Give Ya Some More Help. D

Also On A More Serious Note Did This Bug Look A Little Like A Wasp Or Have Like A Straw Nose?


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 682 times:

Cripes that wasn't a very good source... That's probably too scientific for your needs. Let me look again...


Any of these look remotely like what's pesting you? http://phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/eukaryotes/animals/arthropoda/hexapoda/coleoptera/coleoptera.html

redngold



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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 676 times:

Thanks guys!

Let me go check!


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 676 times:

Iflycoach, this did look like a wasp.

User currently offlineIflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 659 times:

Dam!!!
I think I have seen somthing like it!
Let me go see if they are any more outside and maybe I can get a picture of one.


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 655 times:

Great!

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 653 times:

Would you believe that after all of this discussion, I went home last night, popped into bed and got stung by a yellow jacket that had chosen my bed as a nice landing pad?

OUCH!!!  

redngold



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User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 648 times:

We still don't know what this gosh darn bug is??

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 645 times:

Ironic!!

Ouch!!!!!!!

I hate wasps.

 

Rgds,

B744

BTW, that bug is missing me off again.

LOLOLOLOOLOLOLO  ))))))))))


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 642 times:

It's nothing but a common "click" beetle. I have had them appear from no-where and annoy me for a little while. when you try to swat them or catch them they make little pop and click noises.

This beetle is hard to squash as it has very good armour, the sounds it makes are just warnings for other insects and animals that may try to harm it.

Catch it in a jam jar and let it outside.

mb


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 639 times:

THANKS MX5BOY!!

That bug was pissing me off. (Again)

LOOOLOOLOLOLOLLL


 

Rgds,

B744


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