Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Unexpected Company



It was very slow at the 'shoppes' yesterday. I was happy this fella stopped by to keep me company.

He arrived around 11 AM and was still there when I left at 5 PM.


His antennae were twice the length of his body.
His six feet were interesting enough....they each had a number of spikey 'toes'
which helped it to cling to the screen.


What it is, is another matter. 
I know that one of you out there in the blogisphere will know this insect.


One customer thought it was a Cicada. 
I learned later that Cicadas are more 'fly-like' and don't venture this far north.

Whatever it was, it was perfectly content to stay on the window screen for hours.





25 comments:

  1. i think it's a kind of cockroach, don't freak, some of them are actually necessary to get rid of , here is what I don't remember, just that people freak out and kill them, but they are quite useful I just don't remember at what, you had me going at first, thought was a man....

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    1. I couldn't hear any singing but I know it wasn't a cockroach...way too big. This guy just happened to land on the window screen and liked it there for whatever reason.

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  2. Also if it sang it wasn't a cockroach...

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  3. Great capture. Those are some super long antennas. That critter has personality :)

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    1. He sure does have personality Keith. I figure he was resting there and it was safe 3 stories up from the ground.....maybe waiting for nightfall.

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  4. At first glance it looks like one of the wood beetles. Pretty common in woodlands and forests. For sure not cockroach.

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    1. Way too big to be a cockroach....at least for the ones that are in Nova Scotia anyway. It is definitely a Longhorned beetle....as to specific type......????? Not a brown one though. We know those very well as they have been here for a couple decades now. They hitched a ride on a container ship from Asia.

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  5. Impressive antennae! I have no idea what it is though.

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  6. Looks as if you had a long time to observe this visitor!

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    1. I had 6 hours to watch this critter....in between customers and some of them were fascinated too!

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  7. I agree with Upupaepops: It looks like a "brown longhorn beetle." (They're known to devour window screens and mid-century antiques.)

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    1. Well then Mr.Smartypants, you better start watching your screens over there in Spain because I am sure that the native beetles there are much bigger, hardier and VERY HUNGRY!!

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  8. Wow, Jim! That is quite the critter. I have no clue what that is but it does seem like some kind of beetle. Or maybe just an eccentric customer interested in your shop? LOL...

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    1. LOL! Wonder what they are after then, Martha!! I just won't let them in, that's all!

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  9. I don't know. Doesn't look like a palmetto bug, so be grateful for that.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. PHEW! Janie, I know it is a longhorned beetle of some sort.....there are quite a lot of types.

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    1. It was indeed, Pat. Look at all the attention he is getting!!

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  11. What an interesting beetle. I hope it's not a longhorn beetle; they kill spruce trees.

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  12. http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/insects-diseases/13373
    More info.

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    1. Thanks Terry. We know this one very well as it flew over to our place from Halifax a few years ago and has, and is eating its way through our spruce trees.
      But this fellow I met yesterday is bigger than the one we see here usually. Thanks for this.

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  13. Jim it's a Longhorn Beetle, a supreme wood muncher, luncher and cruncher. You can actually hear them from quite a distance when they are dining on old rotten trees in close proximity! Hope you are having a great summer.

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