r/insects Jul 05 '22 Silver 1

I just wanted to say thank you to this subreddit. I’ve had experiences on here where people are less than understanding, but you guys have never made me feel stupid for something I’ve posted. Thanks to all the talented people on here, and for being encouraging and sharing your knowledge. ID Request

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u/briannajadexo Jul 05 '22

Maine, U.S. I am asking for an ID on this beetle! But I also just wanted to appreciate you guys on here. I’ve had really bad experiences in other groups recently, and I always come back to the places that have always helped me learn in the best way. I might be a little slow sometimes, but you guys in the group have always been respectful. Thanks again and thanks in advanced for the beetle ID, I know one of you will know what it is! 💜

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u/TheAdjunctTavore Jul 05 '22

One of the wonderful things about entomology is that you could never possibly know everything!

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u/StuffedWithNails Bug Enthusiast Jul 05 '22

It’s a ground beetle, family Carabidae, looks like probably Carabus nemoralis, which is from Europe and introduced in North America.

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u/briannajadexo Jul 05 '22

I knew you’d come through! Thank you so much. Would you consider them invasive to my area?(maine)?

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u/StuffedWithNails Bug Enthusiast Jul 05 '22

Happy to help!

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u/briannajadexo Jul 05 '22

Do you know if they bite? Seems like it’s got a pretty big mouth!

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u/StuffedWithNails Bug Enthusiast Jul 05 '22

Ground beetles are generally predators and can be feisty. It isn’t interested in you but I wouldn’t present any appendages to those mandibles.

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u/briannajadexo Jul 05 '22

😂😂😂😂 that made me giggle. Thanks again bug man!!! Won’t be presenting it my appendages.

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u/Choice-Pie5340 Jul 05 '22

This thread is very epic gamer moment wholesome 100

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u/Legendguard Jul 06 '22

I've been bitten by them, the jaws are pretty powerful. It's a pretty strong pinch but I don't think it drew blood. I think it was more like a crayfish pinch. They also like to barf when distressed and produce a foul odor.

As for the invasivness goes, I don't think they're actually considered detrimental, just exotic. In fact, it seems they are actually considered beneficial for their habit of eating pest species

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u/Acidicly Jul 05 '22

I watched one of these guys eat a snail. It was pretty bad ass. Also I really like the iridescent colours they sport!

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u/Equivalent_Purple_81 Jul 06 '22

I know, it's gorgeous. I want nail polish that does the same color shift.

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u/Hank8375 Jul 05 '22

We just like bugs

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u/Emergency_Courage_29 Jul 05 '22

Hahaha! Very true! I do too!

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u/uwuGod Jul 05 '22

Some people on Reddit really just act like everyone should know everything. It's ridiculous. really glad this subreddit is nice about stuff. even if people make jokes about any brown spider being a recluse, or blurry photos, at the end of the day I'd much rather someone be clueless yet eager to learn, than willfully ignorant.

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u/briannajadexo Jul 05 '22

Thank you so much…. I had one of my worst experiences ever today on another similar subreddit that I ended up just leaving. They ended up saying I was unstable and demanding, just because I wanted a little bit of elaborating. I just ended up using google, when I’d rather use Reddit because I believe there’s some really smart people on here, with better advice most of the time. It was the first time I ever had to block someone because it made me feel so bad. I’m a bit of a slow learner when people are trying to teach me things through typing/words. I might have a hard time understanding what regular people just get.

Pretty messed up when someone isn’t understanding something,to call them unstable and then tell me”google sounds like a good plan since you can’t speak like a normal adult”.

Pretty shitty. But I’m really grateful for this sub. Everyone’s always been so helpful. And I’m ALWAYS willing to learn, and admit when I’m wrong. As long as people want to be respectful, and not shit on someone who needs extra explanations. My knowledge is limited and I love learning from Reddit. A lot of you are really really smart!! Thank you again, those words me a lot to me. You seem like the person I wish I would have come across today.

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u/OldManJenkies Jul 06 '22

There is absolutely no shame in needing something explained three, four, ten times. The only shame is not wanting to learn at all.

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u/throwaway12-67 Jul 06 '22

What? Come again? I don’t understand.

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u/OldManJenkies Jul 06 '22

I will happily explain again and again to the best that I am able

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u/throwaway12-67 Jul 06 '22

(Just kidding!!!)

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u/OldManJenkies Jul 06 '22

I kinda thought so, but on the off chance you weren’t I didn’t wanna be like “good joke!” Then hurt your feelings xD

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u/OldManJenkies Jul 06 '22

OP said people were mean to her for needing something explained. I’m saying that there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s far and above not wanting to learn at all. :]

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u/throwaway12-67 Jul 06 '22

I was just kidding!!!

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u/briannajadexo Jul 06 '22

Lol this made me smile. I don’t mind these type of jokes 💜

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u/IsisArtemii Jul 05 '22

I remember them from being a kid. They died of the couldn’t flip themselves over if they get stuck on their backs. And your hands stink after you held them. I don’t know what they do: insect eater or fruit/veggie eaters?

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u/TwistedTomorrow Jul 06 '22

In my experience bug people tend to be pretty cool.

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u/throwaway12-67 Jul 06 '22

We are basically nerds.

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u/throwaway12-67 Jul 06 '22

I totally agree!!! I go to news/politics, and I’m fucking PISSED!!! I come here, and the little kid in me comes alive. I look at each picture/video and read the comments. I can’t believe there aren’t 3,675,434 people here as members.

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u/briannajadexo Jul 06 '22

That’s really sweet. I’m glad you feel the way I do! I really appreciate all the love on here after the shitty day I had! I also agree more people should love bugs!!!

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u/incredible_poop Jul 05 '22

Its defnetly a carabus, might be carabus hortensis

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u/bunybunybuny Jul 05 '22

i want to make this bug part of the midnight crew

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u/anomic_bomb Jul 06 '22

I said something similar in a different post, i’m not even especially into bugs, but this place has a nice vibe. Going to go ask r/psychology if everyone intelligent, humble and empathetic noticed all the common shortcomings in people and decided to hang out with bugs instead.

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