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Old 07-23-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Mexican insect pictures! Blimey!

There's such an enormous variety of creepy crawlies here I thought it would be interesting for us all to accumulate our pictures of them.

Often they're larger than ones found back in the old country, except the mosquitos which are smaller and silent (bastards).

These two offerings were both a good 10cm long.



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Those mariposa are good luck, according to the Mayans. If one enters your house, it supposedly foretells a visitor bringing good news.
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Those mariposa are good luck, according to the Mayans. If one enters your house, it supposedly foretells a visitor bringing good news.
I could do with a few round here ....................,

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ive seen that mariposa before.. really big
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What is the insect that is greenish brown with like a diamond on it's back? They are rubbery and hard to kill and they bite, it's a funny name...
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How about hormigas (ants)? Don't have any pictures but everyone who lives here understands (hopefully ) the relationship between ants and humans. Those Fire Ants are nasty little creatures...
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Those mariposa are good luck...
The Seņora always thinks any large dark moth or butterfly on the house is a bad omen. Chilangas, eh?
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Never really assembled all my pictures of creepy-crawlies (and I've included more than just insects here) in one place before, but here's my contribution:

This guy caught my cat's attention through the fence one day scared the crap outa me when I went around the corner to find out what Minz was looking at.



He decided he didn't like being the center of attention and took off.



This lovely wolf spider shared my shower with me (I couldn't kill him) until he drowned in the shampoo suds.



A pretty mariposa.



Is this called a "scarab?" He was BEEEyootiful! Prettier than any jewelry.



Okay, this isn't even a creepy-crawlie but it was a cool HUGE flower I thought I'd throw in here.



This was the most amazing bug guy. He was florescent blue and bright orange-red and gold and looked like he'd been drawn, not like something real.



This is the cousin of Mindbender's above.



And I know this guy isn't a bug but he has bugged me more than once. Despite the fact that he looks like a huge rat, I'm choosing to believe that he is an opossum.



He desperately searches for an escape route:



Our favorite gecko out the window.



Another beautiful moth.



I've never seen such a huge praying mantis. Maybe 6" long? Since this picture, we've seen her babies... 1/2" miniatures of mama all over the place!

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Okay I am not sure about Paamul now Susie....
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Awesome shot, Susie!

And I thought our little Playa visitor was scary?!

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This lovely wolf spider shared my shower with me (I couldn't kill him) until he drowned in the shampoo suds.





Yikes I am not bothered about the other bugs but the wolf spider...

Please tell me the security guards keep them out of the AIs.
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Susie, awesome collection of bug pics. You don't happen to have one of those Alien-looking bugs that look like some wierd cross between a scorpion and a spider?

And the tlacuaches (possums) always creep me out. We have a few harrowing encounters back when our tomcat Todd was an avid hunter. He used to catch bats and birds, so of course tlaquaches were an easy prey.
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Is this called a "scarab?" He was BEEEyootiful! Prettier than any jewelry.
I think the name is Maquech (same as one of the first restaurants recommended by SarahB).
Some of their cousins end up as living jewelry in Merida, with some junk jewels glued to their backs. In the ancient times they were decorated with precious stones.


I wish I had more mantis around here in my garden.

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Excellent contribution Susie

While we're talking about Opossums, here's a baby one from my April news report (what happened to the others? Good question! Blimey haven't the weeks flown! I actually has a day off last Sunday, first in weeks...)

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That mariposa that Mindbender and Susie have posted look like ones I've seen before, whose markings are meant to resemble an owl. Can't remember the names.

I never take pictures of the creepy crawlies I find in my house; too hard to take pics when I'm on top of the table screaming for Michael to come save me.
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