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From: Samuel B 
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 24 Sep 2021 21:10:00
Message: <web.614e76053ace181ccb705ca46e741498@news.povray.org>
"Kenneth" <kdw### [at] gmailcom> wrote:
> Sounds horrifying; I'm glad it's not in *my* house. I have enough spiders to
> contend with right now, inside and out. Must be the season for 'em. I *try* not
> to be freaked-out by their creepiness, but it isn't easy. So far, it has been
> "live and let live"...
>
> **shudder**

Haha! It wasn't in the house, it was drinking out of the cat's outdoor water
dish. I wasn't freaked out so much as mystified regarding its nature. (And I'm
still wondering...)

I also go by the ol' "live and let live" philosophy. Spiders especially, since
they tend to take care of chitinous pests. I guess that is why they're sometimes
referred to as spiderbros ;) The benign spiders get to stay. Every other spider
and creepy-crawly gets let outside, thanks to a plastic cylinder and card I keep
handy whenever something finds itself stuck in the house. Everything but
mosquitos. Those bloodsuckers tend to push their luck a bit. too. far. (But if
we find them around, it just means we've kept water stagnant somewhere and that
it needs to be either replaced/removed.)

Sam


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 25 Sep 2021 04:44:11
Message: <614ee15b@news.povray.org>
Op 25-9-2021 om 02:42 schreef Samuel B.:
> William F Pokorny <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
>> On 9/23/21 7:58 PM, Samuel B. wrote:
>>> (...) Half spider, half wasp (?)
>>
>> Aliens! :-)
> 
> Lol. Maybe!
> 
> Oh, I failed to mention that it had antennas. And I didn't count the legs or get
> a good look at its eyes, but the wings were - as mentioned - tiny, but also
> slightly different sizes.
>
The antennas /and/ the wings exclude it from the spiders imo.

>> No idea. Perhaps a deformity of some kind?
> 
> Yes, I think it was some sort of deformed wasp. The uneven wings, along with the
> long legs make me think so. Deformity is the only explanation that makes sense!
> > Sam
> 
> 


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From: Samuel B 
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 4 Oct 2021 18:15:00
Message: <web.615b7c9e3ace181ccb705ca46e741498@news.povray.org>
Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> Op 25-9-2021 om 02:42 schreef Samuel B.:
> > William F Pokorny <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
> >> On 9/23/21 7:58 PM, Samuel B. wrote:
> >>> (...) Half spider, half wasp (?)
> >>
> >> Aliens! :-)
> >
> > Lol. Maybe!
> >
> > Oh, I failed to mention that it had antennas. And I didn't count the legs or get
> > a good look at its eyes, but the wings were - as mentioned - tiny, but also
> > slightly different sizes.
> >
> The antennas /and/ the wings exclude it from the spiders imo.

You would be correct, lol.

Sam


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 5 Oct 2021 02:15:27
Message: <615bed7f@news.povray.org>
Op 05/10/2021 om 00:13 schreef Samuel B.:
> Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
>> Op 25-9-2021 om 02:42 schreef Samuel B.:
>>> William F Pokorny <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
>>>> On 9/23/21 7:58 PM, Samuel B. wrote:
>>>>> (...) Half spider, half wasp (?)
>>>>
>>>> Aliens! :-)
>>>
>>> Lol. Maybe!
>>>
>>> Oh, I failed to mention that it had antennas. And I didn't count the legs or get
>>> a good look at its eyes, but the wings were - as mentioned - tiny, but also
>>> slightly different sizes.
>>>
>> The antennas /and/ the wings exclude it from the spiders imo.
> 
> You would be correct, lol.
> 
> Sam
> 

[Note: If everything in life was as simple as that....] :-)


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Thomas


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From: Mr
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 13 Oct 2021 08:15:00
Message: <web.6166cd2e3ace181c16086ed03f378f2@news.povray.org>
"Samuel B." <stb### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> There have been many spider wasps around lately. Dark blue, twitchy, and always
> on the hunt for poor, unsuspecting arachnids in which they can lay their eggs.
>
> But today I saw something a bit different... It looked kind of like a small,
> dark wolf spider. Between 5/8 inch to 2.25 cm in diameter, including legs. Its
> thorax was larger than its abdomen, and it was a dark blue color. And it had
> tiny wings. WTF? It had /wings/, yet it also had long legs like a spider. What
> tf did I see? I went to get my phone to take a shot, but by the time I came back
> out there was nothing there but a regular wolf-like spider.
>
> I'm not the only one who saw it, so I'm not crazy this time, haha.
>
> I suppose that it's possible - with my slowly failing eyesight - I saw a spider
> wasp in the process of securing another victim, but I don't think so. This thing
> looked like a singular entity. Half spider, half wasp.
>
> I tried to search for such a thing, but did not turn up anything remotely
> resembling this beast.
>
> Sam

I know the feeling, I saw a couple of times some mini bees that were not bigger
than 3 or 4 millimeters and this felt unnatural.


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From: Samuel B 
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 27 Oct 2021 16:10:00
Message: <web.6179b13a3ace181c9d2128f16e741498@news.povray.org>
"Mr" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> "Samuel B." <stb### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
(...)
> > I tried to search for such a thing, but did not turn up anything remotely
> > resembling this beast.
>
> I know the feeling, I saw a couple of times some mini bees that were not bigger
> than 3 or 4 millimeters and this felt unnatural.

I would like to see those myself. Were they some sort of bee fly, perhaps?

Sam


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 28 Oct 2021 02:53:40
Message: <617a48f4$1@news.povray.org>
Op 27/10/2021 om 22:06 schreef Samuel B.:
> "Mr" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
>> "Samuel B." <stb### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
> (...)
>>> I tried to search for such a thing, but did not turn up anything remotely
>>> resembling this beast.
>>
>> I know the feeling, I saw a couple of times some mini bees that were not bigger
>> than 3 or 4 millimeters and this felt unnatural.
> 
> I would like to see those myself. Were they some sort of bee fly, perhaps?
> 
> Sam
> 

"Here There Be Tygers"  ;-)

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Thomas


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From: Samuel B 
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 28 Oct 2021 19:00:00
Message: <web.617b2b243ace181ccb705ca46e741498@news.povray.org>
Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> Op 27/10/2021 om 22:06 schreef Samuel B.:
> > "Mr" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> >> "Samuel B." <stb### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
> >>> I tried to search for such a thing, but did not turn up anything remotely
> >>> resembling this beast.
> >>
> >> I know the feeling, I saw a couple of times some mini bees that were not bigger
> >> than 3 or 4 millimeters and this felt unnatural.
> >
> > I would like to see those myself. Were they some sort of bee fly, perhaps?
>
> "Here There Be Tygers"  ;-)

Lol, I'm not sure if you're comparing bee flies to fictitious creatures such as
dragons at oceans' end, or something like ligers.

(This just in: ligers are real, but the males are apparently sterile.)

Anyway, bee flies are really cool. Much more well-behaved than common
houseflies... In fact, you can catch one if you're patient enough. They tend to
hover back and forth in the air, and if you are calm and match their movements
by waving your at the same pace they are wavering, you might just get one to
land on your fingertip. Not sure what the point of doing it is, but it's a neat
thing to do :D

Sam


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 29 Oct 2021 02:50:46
Message: <617b99c6$1@news.povray.org>
Op 29/10/2021 om 00:58 schreef Samuel B.:
> Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
>> Op 27/10/2021 om 22:06 schreef Samuel B.:
>>> "Mr" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
>>>> "Samuel B." <stb### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
>>>>> I tried to search for such a thing, but did not turn up anything remotely
>>>>> resembling this beast.
>>>>
>>>> I know the feeling, I saw a couple of times some mini bees that were not bigger
>>>> than 3 or 4 millimeters and this felt unnatural.
>>>
>>> I would like to see those myself. Were they some sort of bee fly, perhaps?
>>
>> "Here There Be Tygers"  ;-)
> 
> Lol, I'm not sure if you're comparing bee flies to fictitious creatures such as
> dragons at oceans' end, or something like ligers.
> 
> (This just in: ligers are real, but the males are apparently sterile.)
> 
> Anyway, bee flies are really cool. Much more well-behaved than common
> houseflies... In fact, you can catch one if you're patient enough. They tend to
> hover back and forth in the air, and if you are calm and match their movements
> by waving your at the same pace they are wavering, you might just get one to
> land on your fingertip. Not sure what the point of doing it is, but it's a neat
> thing to do :D
> 

Oh, great! I was not referring to the bee flies in fact but to the 
notion that - even in our back garden - we may find little critters we 
have never seen before. With additional climate change, alien visitors 
may even become more common...

It took me a long while to recognise the larval stage of the Ladybugs... :-0

-- 
Thomas


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From: Samuel B 
Subject: Re: I saw a very strange bug
Date: 30 Oct 2021 19:55:00
Message: <web.617ddb433ace181ccb705ca46e741498@news.povray.org>
Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> Op 29/10/2021 om 00:58 schreef Samuel B.:
> > Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
(...)
> >> "Here There Be Tygers"  ;-)
> >
> > Lol, I'm not sure if you're comparing bee flies to fictitious creatures such as
> > dragons at oceans' end, or something like ligers. (...)
>
> Oh, great! I was not referring to the bee flies in fact but to the
> notion that - even in our back garden - we may find little critters we
> have never seen before. With additional climate change, alien visitors
> may even become more common...
>
> It took me a long while to recognise the larval stage of the Ladybugs... :-0

Yeah, when I was little I used to see these tiny monsters apparently hanging
half in and half out of walls. They really freaked me out. Turns out they were
ladybug larva husks :P

Sam


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