Monday, September 05, 2005


This is the biggest, scariest stinging insect I have ever taken a picture of. There's nothing there for scale but that sucker is more than two inches long. I am still recovering from major willies. I was filling the dogs' kiddie pool and I saw this thing crawling around on the back deck, unable to fly for some reason (perhaps because it must have weighed as much as a small child). Because it couldn't fly, it was very defensive, and when I got near it with the camera, it lifted up its front left leg, as if to fend me off.

Hoo. (shivers) That's a big-ass bug.

Okay. Had to share.


At September 05, 2005 1:21 PM, Blogger Jenelle said...

I have these things in my pool all the time! They take huge sips of water to use on their mud houses =)

At September 05, 2005 1:36 PM, Blogger Jesse said...

Hey there!
Thanks for stopping by, even though you found me via a spammer, I guess good things can come from spammers once in a while. :)
That is a giant bug and now *I* have the willies! Eeek!
I would never have the guts to be close enough to get that pic!

At September 05, 2005 1:47 PM, Blogger cmhl said...

In my most eloquent voice, I shall say, "that bug is a whopper". eeeeek. great photo.

At September 05, 2005 2:49 PM, Blogger d.K. said...

Damn, I'm jealous of your camera (not that I could take pictures like this one, even if I had it). The fur on this thing's legs is actually visible. It would be beautiful it were, say, a stuffed pillow or something -- as it is, it's pretty scarey. I'm so glad he didn't stop pretending he couldn't fly and dart into your unsuspecting face :)

At September 05, 2005 4:04 PM, Blogger Spenceman said...

That is one imposing insect. I´ve gotten bit by worse before and let me tell you, the welts on my skin were enough to make anyone fear the wrath of insects such as bees and wasps.

At September 05, 2005 4:33 PM, Blogger Allan said...

Ummmm. Thanks for sharing?

At September 05, 2005 5:15 PM, Blogger Mr. H.K. said...

Great shot! So cool!

Hey, I would delete that first Anonynmous Comment ASAP if I were you...

(Hit the little trash can icon).

All it takes is one person to click that link and the recipient knows they linked from your site and then you'll be bombarded with more spam comments.

Just a tip from someone who knows!

Meanwhile: Bzzzz!


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At September 05, 2005 6:29 PM, Blogger BG said...

GEEZ!!! TWO inches long?!!!!!!! Whoa!!!

At September 05, 2005 8:10 PM, Blogger Ryan said...'re pictures are pretty! I have an appreciation for photography myself...(insert dumb guy joke here.)

At September 05, 2005 8:25 PM, Blogger suleyman said...

Aahh! Die! Die! Die! *squash*

Dear sweet Lord. Japanese Hornet. No thanks. They're like Jimmy Dean sausages with wings, stingers, and fangs.

There's a nest of these bastards near my house. They've killed off all the local bees. They're like the hornet version of the Nazis.


At September 05, 2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous E said...

Enought with the bug pics, J! gives me the willies.

At September 05, 2005 10:16 PM, Blogger Heather said...

It's funny. I am scared of lots of bugs but bees and wasps don't scare me.

Don't ever post a pic of a snake though. I.WOULD.DIE

At September 06, 2005 2:10 PM, Anonymous M said...

I hope you went after that mother with a frying pan. Serves it right for existing.

At September 06, 2005 5:36 PM, Blogger mg said...

Anything but a spider is an acceptable post.

*little shudder*

ok.... he's creepy too.


At September 07, 2005 12:27 AM, Blogger lasomniloquy said...

you get real close to those bugs, what camera/lens are you using?

At September 07, 2005 11:10 AM, Blogger Greg said...

You should see the potato bugs I find crawling around my kitchen. Talk about a freakfest...


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