florida bugs

Tegus originated in South America, where they’re a lot more tolerated than up north. Now, these scaly motherfuckers are pouring into Florida, where they were imported by exotic pet breeders to sell to hapless owners who realize too late that this Chamber Of Secrets resident isn’t the best companion, and proceed to set them loose into the wild. One person alone is known to be responsible for releasing thirty of these bastards into the Florida wilderness, where they’ve started breeding out of control, as Florida’s climate makes it a hospitable environment to both reptiles and eldritch horrors. Now they’ve started showing up on the properties of people who often mistake them for small alligators, which is apparently no cause for alarm among Florida homeowners.

And these critters, straight out of a bad 80s horror movie, aren’t going anywhere. Each female can lay up to 35 eggs per year and experts say it’s impossible for them to estimate how many of them are already out there. They hide underground in the winter, emerging in the spring like Satan’s hunger made flesh. They mostly roam on land, but, like any good swamp monster, can lurk underwater for long periods of time if need be. Their population is highest in the Miami and Tampa Bay areas, but they’ve been spotted as far as Panama City. That’s right: They’re moving north.

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nidorhino  asked:

Do you know of a way to deal with fruit flies? I'm in Florida and these dang bugs just love my crested gecko diet so much! It doesn't seem to bother the cresties but it sure does bother me lol

My mom swears that a mix of vegetable oil and apple cider vinegar works, but I’ve had better luck with Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch!, which is safe to use around animals and small children! 

Also, wikihow presents us with this WONDERFUL image using a hair dryer.

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Incomplete Metamorphosis

Most people are aware of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, where the lifecycle of an individual looks like this:
egg > larva > pupa > adult
This is the life cycle of butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, and many more. But have you ever wondered why you never see baby grasshoppers or baby stinkbugs? Well, you probably have!

Many insects undergo incomplete metamorphosis. The lifecycle looks like this:
egg > nymph > adult
There are multiple nymph stages that grow and look more like the adult with each molt. Once an individual reaches adulthood, it will no longer molt. Insects who go through incomplete metamorphosis can regrow legs if they are lost as a nymph; they will grow back a little bit with each molt. But once an adult limb is lost, it’s gone forever, since adults typically only live long enough to reproduce. An insect may live for many years as a nymph (think periodic cidadas! They live as nymphs underground for over 10 years!)

In incomplete metamorphosis, the newborn insects look like insects (not worms), and more or less have the same parts they will have as adults with one exception: wings. The easiest way to know if you have a nymph or an adult of one of these insects is to look for wings. If it doesn’t have wings, or it has little tiny wing buds, then you have a nymph! The one exception is some species of stick insects–many do not have wings as adults, and you will only know an individual is an adult by inspecting their private parts at the end of their abdomens.

Photos:
1. Acanthocephala femorata: Florida leaf-footed bug
2. Praying mantis (Stagmomantis?)
3. Megaphasma denticrus: giant walkingstick insect
4. Zelus renardii - Leafhopper assassin bug
5. Leptoglossus phyllopus: Eastern leaf-footed bug
6. Darner dragonfly (nymph exuvia after adult has emerged)

anonymous asked:

Hey, shitlord, the eye of the hurricane isn't the world destroying bit The Day After Tomorrow makes it to be, quit being a drama queen over the rest of Florida bugging the fuck out

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