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pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 10:29 am

Large Flying Insect
 
I was wondering does anyone know anything about insects in Spain. My wife was sitting on the terrace yesterday and a huge green insect flew into her hitting her on the head.It was about 4 inches long, green and had a funny looking face. It had a large wing span about 5 inches. I think it stunned itself when it hit her and it lay still for a while on its back and then righted itself and flew off.
You all probably heard the screams where ever you live.:eek:
It was an ugly looking thing, she took a photo but it is a bit blurred, has anyone ever seen anything like that before?

SoJohn Sep 24th 2007 10:32 am

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sounds like a dragon fly? (without knowing much about Spanish insects)

pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 10:37 am

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Originally Posted by SoJohn (Post 5347586)
sounds like a dragon fly? (without knowing much about Spanish insects)

No definitely not a Dragon Fly. We looked them up on the internet as that is what I thought, but Dragon Flies could even be called attractive, this was a huge ugly B***er.
I looked up locust but it wasn't one of them either

SoJohn Sep 24th 2007 10:42 am

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Dunno, I often see some weird things here. I was laid by a lake a week ago and this HUGE black flying insect landed on a girl near me. I would say it looked the size of 5 bees.

Something to get used to I guess :D

Pam Sarky Sep 24th 2007 10:45 am

Re: Large Flying Insect
 

Originally Posted by pwblackbelt (Post 5347572)
I was wondering does anyone know anything about insects in Spain. My wife was sitting on the terrace yesterday and a huge green insect flew into her hitting her on the head.It was about 4 inches long, green and had a funny looking face. It had a large wing span about 5 inches. I think it stunned itself when it hit her and it lay still for a while on its back and then righted itself and flew off.You all probably heard the screams where ever you live.:eek:
It was an ugly looking thing, she took a photo but it is a bit blurred, has anyone ever seen anything like that before?


That was the right time to squish it :eek:

rugbymatt Sep 24th 2007 10:54 am

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I think there is a link to a site in the not-free beer bit.

pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 10:54 am

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Originally Posted by Pam Sarky (Post 5347626)
That was the right time to squish it :eek:

You would need a huge steel toe capped boot to squish this thing. And I only had my flip flops on so I wasn't squishing it, it may have bitten my foot off:rofl:

Pam Sarky Sep 24th 2007 10:55 am

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Originally Posted by pwblackbelt (Post 5347677)
You would need a huge steel toe capped boot to squish this thing. And I only had my flip flops on so I wasn't squishing it, it may have bitten my foot off:rofl:

YUK....its making me cringe :eek:

pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 11:01 am

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Originally Posted by Pam Sarky (Post 5347680)
YUK....its making me cringe :eek:

Yeah I know, the screams gave me an earache, so I went to the pub to watch Newcastle beat West Ham 3 - 1 yahoo.
She didn't want to sit on the terrace to eat her breakfast after that!!

pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 11:04 am

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:thumbsup:

Originally Posted by pwblackbelt (Post 5347702)
Yeah I know, the screams gave me an earache, so I went to the pub to watch Newcastle beat West Ham 3 - 1 yahoo.
She didn't want to sit on the terrace to eat her breakfast after that!!

That is after getting hit on the head by the insect not after Newcastle beat West Ham:thumbsup:

valenciatim Sep 24th 2007 11:15 am

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Could it have been a Praying Mantis? We have loads of them up here!
http://www.antigravitas.com/uploaded...s_2-794206.jpg

Regards
Tim

brisca Sep 24th 2007 12:26 pm

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Originally Posted by valenciatim (Post 5347747)
Could it have been a Praying Mantis? We have loads of them up here!
http://www.antigravitas.com/uploaded...s_2-794206.jpg

Regards
Tim

You beat me to it, Tim!

That was my thought, as we have quite a lot of them here.
Nice picture ;)

pwblackbelt Sep 24th 2007 2:32 pm

Re: Large Flying Insect
 

Originally Posted by valenciatim (Post 5347747)
Could it have been a Praying Mantis? We have loads of them up here!
http://www.antigravitas.com/uploaded...s_2-794206.jpg

Regards
Tim

I reckon it could have been something like that but my wife is not convinced. She reckoned it's head was much bigger. She reckons it had a proper face like a cartoon version like that film "Antz"??????
It's head was much bigger than the rest of it's body though. This is the closest thing so far. Do you get different types of Praying Mantis?

jo-ann Sep 24th 2007 4:58 pm

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Praying Mantis are great no problem at all and they eat lots of the nasties. It sounds more like one of the enormous cricket/locust type beasties, they are very large and ugly.

silverchick Sep 24th 2007 11:23 pm

Re: Large Flying Insect
 

Originally Posted by valenciatim (Post 5347747)
Could it have been a Praying Mantis? We have loads of them up here!
http://www.antigravitas.com/uploaded...s_2-794206.jpg

Regards
Tim

Think I've just had a rethink on a move to Spain!!!:ohmy:


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