Ugly Ass Beetles -WTF

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by Justin_Hale, May 5, 2013.

  1. Justin_Hale

    Justin_Hale ( •_•)⌐■-■ ...(⌐■_■)

    I'm going to be working on a new construction site in Tucson, Az. starting on the 13th of May (for like three or four months).

    I went out there last week to get badged and to do a jobsite orientation.

    While there, I saw these things running around all over the place:


    WTFBBQ, them's some nasty looking bugs, and not much smaller than in the pics above!

    I asked 5 or 6 people what the hell they were, but I guess they were from out of town too cuz they didn't know.

    I followed one for a bit (they have some major ground clearance and walk fast) and I felt like I was following a little dog. It was trotting allong at a fast pace, looking left to right (moving it's head while doing so). I felt like I should be holding it's leash.

    I wanted to know if they bite so I kept asking people what they were. Finally the jobsite safety guy (doing the orientation) said it was a 'proton bug', related to a wasp. I was like: "A proton bug, huh?!

    He said: "Yeah, one was taken to NAU (Northern Arizona University) and that's what they called it."

    I don't know what the teach at NAU (LOL, proton bug). So I scratched around the web for 20 minutes and found out that they're actually Iron Cross Blister Beetles. and they have a nasty bite (rash and swelling, etc).

    I can't wait to go back there and make friends with the blister beetles.

    I didn't get bit the first day, so hopefully we're cool.
  2. skitzo child

    skitzo child PEACEFUL LIBRA

    They look ike a cross between ants and a beatle
  3. Aerianne

    Aerianne Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    Wow! It would be pretty cool if it didn't bite.
  4. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed and Confused Staff Member Super Moderator

    I thought you were talking about the new VW Beatle.

    What we need is a way to search by uploading pictures, I wonder if Bill gates will look at this post and get on the ball and develop the needed technology?
  5. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood Senior Moment

    Those things look like they'ed drill a hole in your forehead.
  6. desert-rat

    desert-rat Senior Member

  7. Irminsul

    Irminsul Valkyrie

    The only good beetle/bug is a dead beetle/bug.
  8. deviate

    deviate Senior Member

    That's what I say about cats.
  9. desert-rat

    desert-rat Senior Member

    I try to get along with most of Gods critters , I have some problems with thoes that bite and sting .
  10. TopNotchStoner

    TopNotchStoner Georgia Homegrown

    I've never heard of ass beetles, but they don't look ugly in the pics.
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  12. desert-rat

    desert-rat Senior Member

    Usly any thing that colorful is posionous .
  13. Lodog

    Lodog ¿

    I used to tie a string around a June bug's legs and fly them like a kite.
  14. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    :D We did that as children too! Do kids do that anymore? I haven't heard of any that the kids are tied to a computer game. (jmo :( )
  15. Lodog

    Lodog ¿

    My dad told me how he used to do it, and I wanted to try it out.
  16. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    ha - my mother showed us.

    Even though it's just May, I saw a June bug the other day...didn't want to string him up and fly him tho'. :p

    But on topic, those are some nasty ass looking beetles that Justin is fixing to go work around. I wonder if insect repellent would work to keep them away...

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