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Old 05-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #1
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What's bugging me?!

I can't tell you. Grandkids left awhile ago and we tried to have a fire last night and flashlight tag the night before when these humongess (1 inch +?)brown flying beetles kept bouncing off of our heads and Airstream and house. I don't reacall ever having had this occur before anywhere. They buzzed us and bumped us and sent us retreating indoors. Does anyone know what they are?
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Old 05-28-2006, 01:38 PM   #2
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they could be june bugs,common in minnesota this time of year when it warms up ,but they can be all over .They are here in ca also but smaller ,they bang into everything .

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Scott -- Now would june bugs have a shape similar to an Airstream? Kinda tells ya something... And almost has the making of a Friday midnight classic movie about silver space aliens coming down to earth to spawn. Carol's reaction is now explained -- Aaaaaaaargh!!
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:43 PM   #4
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They buzzed us and bumped us and sent us retreating indoors. Does anyone know what they are?
Just one more reason to get that immigration bill through congress. I will bet you these came from Canada. We need a net, a 500 mile long net 1000' high along the Canadian border to keep these things out. Rep. Sensenbrenner is my Congressman and I will call him up right away and let him know about this.
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:02 PM   #5
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Thank you for the alert. Posing under the guise of June bugs these aerial invaders have scoped out the premises and recorded our nocturnal activities and made numerous transmissions to an unknown coordinate. In keeping with the severity of the threat we have taken immediate steps for preparedness and now have the Airstream secured to what inconspicuously resembles hurricane tie downs to prevent abduction and any suspicious antigravitational pull which will be immediately logged onto the surveilence network for the prevention of airbourne Airstreams by unexplained abnomalies smaller than a CD player. At first there was concern that these so called "beetles" were part of a British invasion, now after the leads posted here they are in fact being linked to our Northern neighbors in Canada.

Scott thanks for the ID. Bob, Kent, you guys are too funny!
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That's why it's so nice up here in the big white north. We sent them all south
with promises of a warm welcome!
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:19 PM   #7
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Oh yes; you're welcome.
See you soon Carole.
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:54 PM   #8
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Hi Al, yes we hope to be able to arrange our schedule to be in attendance at Louapalooza 2!

We finally get to some decent warm weather after a too long a winter then ZAP here they come! Well thank you very kindly, but please don't feel the need to share, you may keep them, really.
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they could be june bugs,common in minnesota this time of year . . .
Recently passed legislation in Minnesota makes it illegal to operate a bug zapper during June Bug season.

June bugs cause such a big flare when they hit the zapper that they lit several houses on fire, and actually burned down Sven's sauna.
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June bugs ... lit several houses on fire, and actually burned down Sven's sauna.
Wit' Lena and me in it too!! I wass so drunk I t'ot I wuz Sven. I saw him runnink a-vay too and t'ot fer shur it wass him. June bugs - go figger!

(okay Don, so not like anybody in the big wide 49 even knows that Ole is actually Lena's husband...)
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Old 05-28-2006, 11:36 PM   #11
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Carol,

we have them over here too, unbelievable the sounds they've been making the last two nights. They ARE june bugs and they are on the prowl right now. They'll probably be gone just in time for fish flys to start up! I know the mosquitos just popped out within the last three days, too.
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July Bugs

Hi, I call them July bugs; Because it seems that when I was a kid they always showed up in June. I.E. June bugs. Now that I'm a little older, 20, they seem to be later each year. Now we see most of the June Bugs in July therefore I call them July Bugs. Oh, and by the way, I'm 20 for the 3rd time.

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Wheel Interested, How do you play flashlight tag? Sounds like fun. Got more camping games?

You can capture those little buggers and tie a thread to one of their little legs and they will fly around in circles. We never had real toys as kids. This was quite the entertainment. We liked feeding lightning bugs to frogs and toads. They light up inside the hoppers. Ahhh, the good 'ol days of youth.
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Down here they're more like Aprilmayjunejulyaugust bugs.
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