Monday, November 10, 2008

Cabin Creepy Crawlies

I'm heading up north in the morning. I'll leave you with a couple of creepy pic's...and Bill. You'll be in good hands. This first one moves into the cabin every winter. It could possibly be a 'Western Conifer Seed bug', but we don't know for sure. It moves REALLY slow. We do know that it isn't a box elder. If you have another guess, let us know. :)


This second one really creeps me out. We've heard that it's a 'Toe Biter'. It's name alone sends chills up my spine. Hubby found 2 of these in his minnow trap when he pulled it up out of the water. You can tell by the adirondac chair arm, just how big this thing really is. It was about 2" long. Hubby put it on a hook and nabbed a little bass on the first cast. If you have a better ID, let us know. :) See you in a few days!


12 comments:

Don said...

We get bugs in the farmhouse too. We get the box elders, the faux lady bugs and the first bug you posted. We always called it a stink bug!

Don said...

the second one looks like a water beetle. check out this link and tell me what you think...

http://www.venturenorth.com/tlca/pictures/watbeet.jpg

Robyn said...

I'm familiar with the bug in the first photo, but I had no idea what it was called.

For a few years in a row now I've noticed them hanging out in my potted plants in my apartment's solarium. What I find amusing is that they arrive every year in our solarium, but I have no idea how they get there, as we're located 22 floors above ground in the heart of the downtown core. But once they arrive, we keep them as pets. :)

Denise said...

Don - hmmmm stink bug. I've never tried to kill one. Indeed, this toe biter is a water type beetle.

Robyn - it must take them all year to get up 22 floors! They are sooooo slow! I kind of adore them as pets too. I heard that they are good bugs.

Shellmo said...

Both are frightening to me - especially that 2nd bug w/ those pinchers!!
Have a safe trip up north!

Denise said...

Thanks Shelley, I'm almost packed! I have recipes to play with in hand.

Powell River Books said...

Hi Denise - have a great trip and enjoy yourself. I don't often get a chance to be alone at my cabin (we both love it so much) but when I do I cherish the time. Living on the water we don't get too many bugs inside. Not much dust either which makes house keeping pretty easy. Thanks for the tomatoville.com link. I signed up and am waiting for permission to start reading. - Margy

Farm Chick Paula said...

Ewww, Denise!! That made me curl my toes up!! LOL

gunn said...

The first bug is a type of stink bug,( there are many), they find their way into the house to over-winter much as lady bugs and their look a-likes do. Basically harmless, unless crushed, then they smell bad. Most do not survive the extended indoor stay.
As an aside, I was once at the visiting the Eli Lilly mansion in Indianapolis in late Oct and there where thousands of them clinging to the sunny side of the building trying to find a way inside.
Too much info ? Sorry, got carried away.

Bill said...

Hello everyone,

Thanks for all your comments. we will be sure not to step on the Stink Bug.

Don thanks for the link. That is definately the same bug I found. It is hard enough some times to get Denise to wade into the water because of leaches. Now with the Eastern Toe Biter I'll never get her in. Looks like the paddle boat out to the swim dock.

Jen said...

Stink bug! If you let that thing die in your house in a drawer, You will then know why it's called a stink bug. P U!

Kim Priestap said...

Ah, yes. Stink bugs are everywhere up here. Don't squish it, though. You'll regret it!