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weird beastie

By CarolG  
Being unable to get outside yesterday for any bug photography, due to the never-ending gales we seem to be having here at present, I had to resort to snapping an indoor bug. I think this strange critter, might be some species of ear-wig, as it has the ear-wig ‘horns’ in its rear end. It only makes an appearance at night, in large numbers, in my kitchen. It runs very fast, and when flipped over onto its back, it seems to disjoint its legs and runs along, just as fast, on its back! It’s about the size of half my little finger nail. A positive ID would be much appreciated.

Apologies for the late upload and lack of comments/votes, something keeping me away from the pc today, hope to be back in service later Smile

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 10:34AM
brilliant detailed set carol v1 for me today a real cracker nice one Wink

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achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
4 Feb 2013 10:36AM
Sorry but not able to give ID Carol, all captures are excellent, can you blame them taking shelter indoors in the bad weather.


4 Feb 2013 10:38AM
An excellent set Carol, lovely light and shadows. Is it a cockroach???
4 Feb 2013 10:38AM
What hairy legs on this bug, Carol, a cracking set of shots.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
4 Feb 2013 10:39AM
Weirs is the word! but great images.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 10:41AM
Earwings are my least favourite creature - yuk!
Good photos though!
4 Feb 2013 10:46AM
Might be weird Carol, but three wonderful images of the beastie Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Feb 2013 10:49AM
Masses of these indoors would give me the heebie jeebies, Carol, but you don't sound fazed by them at all: sorry, can't help with ID.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Feb 2013 10:51AM
I think weird is the word here Carol !! First time I see a bug with two sets of arials - one in front and one at the rear end - and then it runs on its back Smile GrinGrinGrin Three great images of this weirdo Smile
4 Feb 2013 10:54AM
Like the detail in these Carol, V1 my favourite,
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 11:02AM
Superb as usual--v1for me
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
4 Feb 2013 11:10AM
Weird indeed Carol as many of these little critters are.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
4 Feb 2013 11:13AM
Nice series of images - Hope they don't bite!!
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
4 Feb 2013 11:14AM
Lovely details - I was thinking the same as Effrossini, cockroach!
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 11:16AM
Great shots but no clue on ID, I'm afraid, Carol.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 Feb 2013 11:24AM
It looks a bit of a mixture. Could it be a sort of cockroach?
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
4 Feb 2013 11:35AM
Fantastic and great shots,Varol,
well done,
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
4 Feb 2013 11:48AM
Pretty close to 100% certain this is a Cockroach! Yuck, but well captured images.

4 Feb 2013 11:49AM
clueless Carol but fine detaild capture of this wee beastie
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 Feb 2013 1:37PM
No idea but well captured......Sandy
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 1:41PM

Quote:An excellent set Carol, lovely light and shadows. Is it a cockroach???

I was nervous to suggest this but hubs thinks this maybe what it is
4 Feb 2013 1:57PM
A nymph of Cockroach. He must be happy to have his turn, because U never cared as a model.
4 Feb 2013 2:19PM
Three great shots of this weird insect.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Feb 2013 3:05PM
Prabhas has got it spot on with the cockroach nymph. Not the nicest of creatures, and anything that can live without its head for a length of time, I would think would have no problems running on its back!! SmileSmile

4 Feb 2013 3:08PM
A creature from the shadows very weird and unusual Carol, three excellent close ups and it doesn't look like a cockroach i should know i have worked with lots of them
in my working life.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 3:42PM
An extremely unusual looking beastie, however you have captured him rather magnificently Carol.

Regards Nathan
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 4:08PM
Fantastic images Carol I'm affraid I agree with the others about a cockroach nymph... Scurrying out of the light in your kitchen gave it away really... You'll have a bugger of a job to get rid if you choose to!
Tibetan 5 3 England
4 Feb 2013 4:27PM
When I was in Guys Hospital in London, hundreds of these Cockroach's used to come out at night, they used to run round the edges of the heart ward, they could not get rid of them Carol, used to set traps and sticky paper sheets, used to catch masses but they breed very fast even the babies soon breed. They get in the food if they can hope you get rid, regards Leon. yes they can run upside down.SadSadSadSadSadSadSadGrin
suemason 12 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 4:45PM
3 very detailed shots Carol, V1 my favourite-not sure i'd be so calm if they were running around my kitchen though!!
9 10 10 England
4 Feb 2013 4:54PM
Your narrative is giving me nightmares Carol but as usual the images are perfect.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Feb 2013 6:31PM
What an unusual critter Carol, he certainly is a strange looking little fellow. Talking of weird beasties, you know who is back in town, perhaps he will be able to id him for you!Smile
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:38PM
Looks a very peculiar critter, no idea what it is. Hope you are ok Carol, take care.
debu 8 India
4 Feb 2013 11:10PM
Superb set of images,I like V1.
4 Feb 2013 11:52PM
Otra buena fotografía.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
5 Feb 2013 1:54AM
It looks like a cockroach Carol. Hopefully I'm wrong. We struggle with these here in Texas - they look best on their backs with their feet in the air - dead.

milky 14 Wales
5 Feb 2013 4:48AM
Nice capture Carol-------MilkySad
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
5 Feb 2013 4:49AM
On reading your description I immediately thought some kind if cockroach, that seemed to be confirmed, then Gary knocked it down, but Leon then reinstated it, just glad they're not in our kitchen! Smile Superb camerawork as always Carol!
Rgds., Jim
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Feb 2013 11:33AM
an interesting indoor creature indeed. no idea what it is but I think Anne is very close!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 12:24AM
Very good captures and well detailed little insect.
Looks like the common german cokroach Carol. We have a lot of those in Portugal. They like to come inddors if it's cold but are also quite happy outdoors when the weather is fine. Mainly nocturnal, they find little craks or crevices on the wall to shelter. As long as you don't leave food in the kitchen they don't become a problem in a hot country. Just keep all food out of the way and they give up as soon as the warm weather returns. One thing they don't like - Lemon skins/peel!
In Brasil they were more of a strange nuisance because they were very big and they could fly. They would come in thought the window attracted to the light and landed on you!!! IB

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