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Shower Bug [May. 26th, 2009|11:51 pm]
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[Current Location |The living room at my rent house.]
[The frogs are singing |Viva La Vida by Coldplay -- playing in my head.]

There was a giant centipede in the women's shower in the campground. I was lounging in camp, which is near the showers, when I heard the word "centipede," I'd seen one long ago in the men's staff shower backstage, but I didn't have a camera back then, so I didn't get a photo of it. But this time I grabbed my camera and ran over. There was a centipede, and a guy was digging in the leaf clutter to help it burrow its way to safety.The guy was upset that I wanted to delay it so I could take some pictures. I was pleased that the centipede had a champion. I wish he'd stuck around longer to make sure I wasn't hurting it. But at least he saved it from the "Ahhhh! Kill It!" group.

Centipede

Texas Centipede

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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-05-27 04:59 am (UTC)
Crap. Now I need a pair of centipede boots! For the shower and the leaf litter. Maybe we should buy a ticket and send that thing to Hawaii so it can attack poodles with its cousins.
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[User Picture]From: lingster1
2009-05-27 09:28 am (UTC)
W@ow! That's an interesting looking one. (A redhead too! Probably named Lucy.)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 12:33 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2009-05-27 09:54 am (UTC)
Beauty. I love those. Definitely a point in Austin's favor when I try to figure out where to move.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-05-27 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh urbpan!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 04:48 pm (UTC)
You like bugs too. You just don't like to be near the stinging kind. But you do like them.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-05-28 04:20 am (UTC)

I appreciate all insects and buggie things

I actually even like some stingers unless they're stinging me or mine, but sneaky slithery biters are far down on my "like" list.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've never seen them in the city. I've only seen them at in Kerrville which is about 90 miles to the west.

But if you like acoustic music, the Kerrville Folk Festival itself would be a big point in Austin's favor. Cool critters, exciting weather and great music, what more could you ask for?

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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2009-05-27 04:40 pm (UTC)
Another Austin friend of mine found one in her office building downtown!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 04:47 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I'm guessing I may have them on my land down by the riverbank.

A friend of mine had one show up in her basement in Chicago. She thought her kids were trying to scare her with a rubber toy, but then it moved. She thinks it might have come in with a new washing machine she'd recently had installed.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-05-27 12:49 pm (UTC)
Scolopendra heros. Common name "Giant red-headed centipede."

Another good picture is at
http://bugguide.net/node/view/189628
along with more information. Species info is at
http://bugguide.net/node/view/34475

I imagine they do exist in the more wooded parts of Austin, and down along the creeks that have natural areas alongside them, but are probably killed by homeowners whose small children encounter them.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the ID. I've labeled the photos with its name and a link to the Bugguide.net page.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-05-27 01:22 pm (UTC)
Asyouknowbob, I have the taxonomic passion...I like a name for things. Otherwise my mind sort of flies free into a chaotic mass of images.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-05-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
I have a hard time remembering the names. But I put them on the photos and try to tag the images with something I will remember so I can find them again if I need them.

I like to think that I've gotten a little better. My goal is to be able to tell a bee from a bee mimic by the time I'm eighty.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-05-27 01:46 pm (UTC)
My goal is to remember which key is which by the time I'm eighty. And where things are in the house.

I think it's a lost cause.
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2009-05-27 08:26 pm (UTC)
I have two keys. House and car. They're very different so I dont' get confused. I used to have more, but they were stolen, and most were to irrelevant things that I don't need anymore anyway.
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2009-05-27 08:27 pm (UTC)
I had to look.

Beautiful... but... *shudder*
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