Boeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 741 times:
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?
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).
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 652 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?
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 635 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...
Iflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 637 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?