Manic Monday – Bugs Me

July 13, 2008

Mo’s Manic Monday must be reading my mind. For the last 2 months I have taken some pictures of bugs found on my deck. I figured eventually I would come up with a post and today’s Manic Monday is the day.
Ok people, what the hell are these? No, seriously…what the…
The first one was taken June 3rd. It fell, I am assuming from a tree or perhaps it taste so bad that a bird dropped it after pick up.

It hit the deck hard and my son’s speech therapist and I both walked over from different locations to get a closer look. I dashed (love that word – never get to use it) inside and grabbed the camera. I really wish I had taken a better picture but it was so weird I didn’t want to get closer.
It was very large about 2 1/2 inches long and was actually quite pretty for a bug. It was very black and had some interesting white circles on it’s body. The two biggest look like eyes.
The second bug was spotted on June 10th flying around my screened gazebo. It was the biggest bug I have ever seen. The tail looked to be about 8 inches long and was scary. It took an aweful lot of bug spray to bring this sucker down. He is lying in pool water and spray and on his last breath.

The third one is your everyday dragonfly…but I loved how close he allowed me to get. If only I had a better macro on my digital..hint, hint honey…birthday in a month.

The last bug is a strange looking spider. He was making a web on my kids sandbox umbrella when I spotted this sucker.

I am a bug phobic and really, really hate them. I love in the woods and mostly stay under the gazebo but they get in.
If anyone knows what the heck I am looking at, but most importantly if they are deadly in any way…I would appreciate the heads up.

2 Responses to “Manic Monday – Bugs Me”

  1. bekkah said

    BAH!!! That thing with the tail is C.R.E.E.P.Y.!!

    I worry about the spiders up here too…they’re nuclear-sized. I was bitten by one (I can only guess it was a spider) the first year I moved up here…it lingered for weeks and the entire area around it was black and blue. Serves us city-folk right for moving to the sticks.

    I’ll have to email you a pic of a dragonfly from last year…the thing was the size of my FACE?!

  2. mgagliano said


    It was so friggin big, it looked like it had one of my hairs hanging from it.

    Spiders, bugs, flying things oh my.

    Love that picture. My dragonfly was blue, or green it was just black. The green is pretty sweet.

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