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Old Sep 24th 2007, 9:29 am
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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.
It was an ugly looking thing, she took a photo but it is a bit blurred, has anyone ever seen anything like that before?
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Old Sep 24th 2007, 9:32 am
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sounds like a dragon fly? (without knowing much about Spanish insects)
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Old Sep 24th 2007, 9:37 am
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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
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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
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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.
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
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I think there is a link to a site in the not-free beer bit.
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That was the right time to squish it
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
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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
YUK....its making me cringe
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YUK....its making me cringe
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!!
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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
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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

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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

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You beat me to it, Tim!

That was my thought, as we have quite a lot of them here.
Nice picture
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Originally Posted by valenciatim View Post
Could it have been a Praying Mantis? We have loads of them up here!
http://www.antigravitas.com/uploaded...s_2-794206.jpg

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

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