The Strangest Bug


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OMG bugs scare me the most out of anything and I would of freaked if I saw anything of what you described or was shown! That is one thing that I hate about enjoying gardening so much is the bugs. I don't mind the typical ants, potato bugs, etc but don't get me around and unfamiliar creepy crawlers! Not my cup of tea :)

I love tater bugs! I taught my daughter about how they curl up when you touch them. It took me forever to get her to touch it. Now, she gets down in the dirt looking at different bugs and examines them. I just to poke the tater bugs with sticks when I was like to watch them roll. We called them rolly polly bugs. Oh, and those stink bugs I posted are not small. I've seen them about the size of a quarter in my yard. I hate when they are in my house because if they get squished they stink so bad.
 
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I did not know stink bugs harmed rose bushes. I will have to pay more attention to the bugs on my roses this coming spring.
 
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The insect pictured in the second post is indeed a female Giant Walking-stick (Megaphasma dentricus, Diapheromeridae, Phasmatodea). These insects are generalist herbivores. The species ranges throughout the central and southern parts of the United States and southward into Mexico. The can grow to lengths of 7 inches (18 centimeters) and are claimed to be the longest insect in North America.
 

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