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Synesthesia
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or, no one agrees with me about what I consider cute if it's not dogs, cats, bunnies or babies.

Look at this bug! http://www.whatsthatbug.com/category/potato-bugs/ Isn't it cute?
I love this thing. I want a toy of it, it's so adorable. It reminds me of a baby alien crawling around wearing a diaper.

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Huh. In Utah, this is a potato bug.

And no, it's not cute. It looks like a mutant grasshopper. [Razz]

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I love woodlice. Those things are adorable. I used to play with them when I was a kid.
And also ants.

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Hermit crabs are cute but patato bugs I think is beginning to stretch things.
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I agree with woodlice. They're very cute - especially when they roll up.
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I grew up calling them pillbugs.

I used to play with them as well. And, occasionally, cook them with a magnifying glass.

The name "woodlice" is disgusting.

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Ya'll are weird. [Angst]
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I've only played with the potato bugs Jon Boy referred to. I reserved my magnifying glass murdering rampages for ants.
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My mom called the ones Jon Boy linked to "sow bugs" which also appears on that wikipedia page. I've also heard them called potato bugs. Never heard woodlice before.

Synesthesia, sorry, don't think your potato bugs are even a little bit cute. Are you the one that also thought that the tongue-eating creature someone linked to some months back was cute?

Gotta stick with the dogs, cats, bunnies, babies if we're looking for common ground on cuteness. Although I do remember you thinking my cat's paws were very cute when I linked to a picture of him, so you get points for that. ;-)

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I like calling pill bugs roly polies or pill bugs. They are awesome crustaceans.

http://cocokrispybeans.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/coconut20crab20scampering4s.jpg I think these are cute. http://www.brendans-island.com/blogsource/CoconutCrabontree.jpg
What tongue eating thing?
I'm a sucker for anything with big adorable buggy eyes. Which includes men. Especially those guys trying to get you to donate to charities and they are so adorable I find it hard to resist donating.

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quote:
I like calling pill bugs roly polies or pill bugs.
Yes. We also called them rollie pollies. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Synesthesia:
What tongue eating thing?

I actually hunted down the thread.

This is the tongue-eating thing I mentioned. (scroll down a little to see the pic)

You were not the one who said it was cute, Syn; rollainm was. But you did think something else in that thread was cute, so my memory isn't entirely flawed! (ETA: what you thought were cute in that thread were the same creatures you just linked to here)

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quote:
Originally posted by Godric:
Ya'll are weird. [Angst]

I was gonna say creepy.
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quote:
Originally posted by Uprooted:
quote:
Originally posted by Synesthesia:
What tongue eating thing?

I actually hunted down the thread.

This is the tongue-eating thing I mentioned. (scroll down a little to see the pic)

You were not the one who said it was cute, Syn; rollainm was. But you did think something else in that thread was cute, so my memory isn't entirely flawed! (ETA: what you thought were cute in that thread were the same creatures you just linked to here)

That tongue eating thing is not cute. It's creepy, but, happy face spiders are adorable! http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/Photography/Images/POD/s/spider-guarding-eggs-683251-sw.jpg
Their butts smile at everyone! CUTE!

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I agree with Utah...the first one looks like a cricket. Although Utah's potato bug might be called a rolly polly elsewhere.
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The champion of adorable bugs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinellidae

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Lady bugs are adorable. I once saw one the size of a quarter.
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Tiny quarter.
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I have a very unmasculine tattoo of a lady bug. When my daughter was born, the hospital janitor took me up to the roof to have a smoke. It was completely covered with ladybugs. I've never seen so many in one place. If I were a traditional Native American, her name would be ladybug.
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quote:
Originally posted by malanthrop:
The champion of adorable bugs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinellidae

Cute or not, they smell terrible.
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I've never noticed the smell of a Lady Bug.

Here's a stink bug:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_marmorated_stink_bug

I've accidentally chomped on them while eating blackberries. It taught me to carefully inspect the berry before popping it into my mouth.

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More http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/largest-crab-on-earth/19650
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I have. They smell all buggy. Knocker-moth smelled similar.Better than the stinky cynthia moth I had.
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I've seen those in Arizona, but called them Jerusalem Crickets. I wouldn't say that they're cute, but they are interesting and I like them.

--Mel

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The stinkers are an invasive species.
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I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but for some unknown reason I find this photo of courting banana slugs to be adorable. If I had a significant other, I'd almost want to send a card of the photo to her.
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it is rather romantic.
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quote:
Originally posted by Omega M.:
I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but for some unknown reason I find this photo of courting banana slugs to be adorable. If I had a significant other, I'd almost want to send a card of the photo to her.

You and I can never date.
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The slugs make me want to grab some salt. Honeybee's are awesome.

I use to cup them in my hands off the tops of Dandy Lions. I think that's a maneuver only a child can pull off, without getting stung.

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Seems like the latest appropriate spot for these
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2015156/Howard-hairy-crab-shows-custom-glass-shell.html could easily become fashionable
And http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2014829/Elusive-rainbow-toad-photographed-colour-time-century-hiding.html

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Interesting thread. While reading up on the Potato Bug, I came across this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematomorpha

I found this rather disturbing:

"In Spinochordodes tellinii, which has orthopterans as its vector, the infection acts on the insect's brain and causes it to seek water and drown itself, thus returning the nematomorph to water.[5] They are also remarkably able to survive the predation of their host, being able to wriggle out of the predator that has eaten the host."

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Oh man found a video. Really disturbing.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7226661303929118618

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