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#48292 - 10/05/09 02:51 PM Mac Wall Plague
Coppertone Offline
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Registered: 08/17/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Newtown, CT
Did anyone else get to enjoy the plague of biting lady bugs yesterday on the Mac Wall. Always fun at the crux of a hard route over your gear when you are getting swarmed by biblical biting insects.

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#48293 - 10/05/09 03:02 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: Coppertone]
ShakesALot Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 257
Loc: NJ

Apparently they divided into squadrons since they were also at Lost City and Rumney yesterday.

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#48294 - 10/05/09 03:52 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: ShakesALot]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 5967
Loc: 212 land
Biting ladybugs? Are you sure they're ladybugs? I've never known ladybugs to bite one and a Google search of information about them mentions nothing of the sort. They're most useful by devouring aphids.
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#48295 - 10/05/09 03:55 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: oenophore]
quanto_the_mad Offline
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Registered: 05/14/02
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Loc: brooklyn
Yeah, the asian ladybugs can bite.
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#48296 - 10/05/09 04:05 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: quanto_the_mad]
Smike Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 3143
Loc: in your backyard
No biting lady bugs on MF, but the plague of the super chalk everywhere was intense as always.

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#48297 - 10/05/09 04:19 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: quanto_the_mad]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 5967
Loc: 212 land
I refined the Google search and came up with this:

Tom Ellis, MSU Dept of Entomology

I had one of these beetles crawling around on my arm, and I think it bit me. Do they all bite?

Some bite, most do not. Sometimes the Asian lady beetles bite skin, but often this stinging sensation is actually caused by small spurs on the beetle's legs pricking skin as they move and evaluate whether or not the skin is a food source. The beetle does not carry disease nor does it have any toxin associated with its mouthparts. In most cases, the pain is short lived. If the bite concerns you, apply antiseptic to the site.

(*&*@#$%$& Asians!
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#48298 - 10/05/09 04:26 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: oenophore]
RobA Offline
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Registered: 04/16/09
Posts: 46
Loc: Alta, UT
i didnt get bit by any lady bugs yesterday, but how about all those millipedes?

my partner and i had contests on every pitch to see who could knock off the most. millipedes knocked off with in the crux section counted as 2.

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#48299 - 10/05/09 04:31 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: RobA]
Julie Offline
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Registered: 01/16/00
Posts: 2090
Loc: SoCal
Millipedes galore ... we saw two copperheads yesterday. Pics to follow.

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#48300 - 10/05/09 04:33 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: RobA]
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Carpal Tunnel

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Originally Posted By: RobA
i didnt get bit by any lady bugs yesterday, but how about all those millipedes?

my partner and i had contests on every pitch to see who could knock off the most. millipedes knocked off with in the crux section counted as 2.
In this case, you're the pest.
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#48305 - 10/05/09 05:07 PM Re: Mac Wall Plague [Re: Julie]
Frank Florence Offline
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Registered: 01/05/00
Posts: 528
Loc: moved to Bend
Sunday was definitely a good day for wildlife viewing. Lady bugs swarms in the Nose/Fillipina area, millipedes all over the shaded first pitches between there and Blistered Toe, and the cutest little coiled copperhead on the trail up to Double Crack.

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