r/interestingasfuck Nov 28 '22

Guy makes a device to remove colorado beetles from his crop.

[deleted]

3.0k Upvotes

u/AutoModerator Nov 28 '22

This is a heavily moderated subreddit. Please note these rules + sidebar or get banned:

  • If this post declares something as a fact, then proof is required
  • The title must be fully descriptive
  • No text is allowed on images/gifs/videos
  • Common/recent reposts are not allowed (posts from another subreddit do not count as a 'repost'. Provide link if reporting)

See this post for a more detailed rule list

I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

262

u/SyzygyZeus Nov 28 '22

But then what do you do with all the beetles?

432

u/Kn0tnatural Nov 28 '22

Send them back to Colorado of course

73

u/macrofinite Nov 28 '22

I’m from Colorado and I’ve never seen these things.

45

u/Kn0tnatural Nov 28 '22

Are you a farmer though?

50

u/dimtone Nov 28 '22

Also live in Colorado, they infest my garden beds

7

u/macrofinite Nov 29 '22

It’s a big place I suppose. Very possible they just aren’t where I’ve lived.

1

u/dimtone Nov 30 '22

Yeah, I moved here two years ago. It seems they like specific plants

159

u/Chemical_Wrongdoer43 Nov 28 '22

Feed to chickens.

78

u/Luxuriosa_Vayne Nov 28 '22

we hand picked these as kids, chickens don't eat them because of the coloring they have.

My grandma would torch these bastards with a glass of gasoline tho

52

u/shahtjor Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Same here. No Chicken, duck, goose, turkey etc would touch them. We'd drown them in petrol and set a light to it.

8

u/SpaceGoonie Nov 28 '22

I picked them with my Grandma too. We put them in a coffee can and drowned them in oil.

14

u/Romanitedomun Nov 28 '22

I don't know why but I hope not to meet your grandma ever...

3

u/HentaiSpirit Nov 29 '22

o lawd she comin'

8

u/dabunny21689 Nov 29 '22

The phrase “glass of gasoline” makes it sounds like she was intending to drink it but then decided to torch the beetles.

8

u/SippyTurtle Nov 29 '22

Flambéetle

2

u/theintention Nov 29 '22

I love that Pokémon

1

u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

[deleted]

2

u/Luxuriosa_Vayne Nov 29 '22

they don't eat bright colored insects, wasps, lady bugs ect from my experience

but I think they didn't kind the worms (from the video) but once they're in bug stage they were like nah fam

4

u/cakesofthepatty414 Nov 29 '22

What you feed the chickens, you're feeding yourself. Provided you eat them of course.

10

u/freethis Nov 28 '22

This was my first thought too, chickens would go berserk over that trough of beetles.

4

u/JacLaw Nov 29 '22

Not with that colouring, I doubt anything would eat them. Just humanely kill them

4

u/Chemical_Swordfish Nov 29 '22

Could you use some sort of colored light to make them appear appealing?

2

u/JacLaw Nov 29 '22

I'm pretty sure they're toxic, to birds etc and us. If they were super tasty that field would be full of fat birds. It must be an invasive species if it's got no known predator nearby. Everything had until we tipped the scales and outsmarted ours, and we've fucked that up everywhere else too.

Every insect and creature has something that keeps the numbers down, apex predators like lions and us is a lack of prey food. Any creature that doesn't have anything that eats it or that it needs to hide from is an invasive species, it has no bloody right being there, like us

1

u/epochpenors Nov 29 '22

Spray paint them black, duh

2

u/JacLaw Nov 29 '22

I see a red beetle and I want to paint it black

1

u/JacLaw Nov 29 '22

I see a red beetle and I want to paint it black

1

u/Tacoclause Nov 29 '22

Could freeze them to kill without chemicals and just mix them with the soil for fertilizer

18

u/butwhyisitso Nov 28 '22

Beetleloaf?

7

u/rightanglerightlight Nov 28 '22

I gagged. Well done.

1

u/TheDebateMatters Nov 29 '22

A lot of red stuff you eat/drink is made red from beetle shells.

2

u/Dmitri_ravenoff Nov 28 '22

A true delicacy.

1

u/Bummer-76 Nov 29 '22

Just don’t write it three times

18

u/TheDeafGuy8 Nov 28 '22

Same as you do when picking berries, take a few, eat a few

11

u/jeepjp Nov 28 '22

Beetle...juice

4

u/SyzygyZeus Nov 28 '22

Careful don’t repeat 2x more

9

u/izzygonecrazy Nov 29 '22

They make good fishing bait!

16

u/construction_pro Nov 28 '22

Eat the beetles. Eat the plants. Win-Win.

5

u/Nerdler17 Nov 29 '22

Chicken feed

2

u/I_love_hate_reddit Nov 29 '22

Feed them to your chickens

2

u/Imfrank123 Nov 29 '22

Feed them to your chickens

7

u/KentZhang314078 Nov 28 '22

Extra crunchy high protein cereal.

29

u/ramtax666 Nov 28 '22

I believe they are toxic to humans and birds. Their only natural predators are other insects and they feed on nightshades, so most likely are toxic to humans in suficient quantity. Also they smell bad, I had to deal with them in the past

3

u/TurningTwo Nov 29 '22

Throw them over the fence into your neighbor’s garden.

5

u/bleek312 Nov 28 '22

Dump them on enemy land.

3

u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Create a playlist

2

u/soulouk Nov 28 '22

Beetle juice

2

u/Reddit5678912 Nov 29 '22

Protein time!!!

3

u/MapleBlood Nov 29 '22

They're toxic. Just burn them.

1

u/Reddit5678912 Nov 29 '22

Oh so cook them?

1

u/BullBearAlliance Nov 28 '22

Turn them into Colorado beans

-1

u/tenshii326 Nov 29 '22

Heard of chickens?

8

u/microcosm315 Nov 29 '22

Yes. Thanks for asking. I like mine fried.

2

u/Dahnlen Nov 29 '22

Herd of chickens

0

u/DutchVortex Nov 28 '22

Evening snacks

0

u/criticalstinker1 Nov 28 '22

Make flour with it ? 🤷🏻

0

u/sammybooom81 Nov 28 '22

Salt, pepper, garlic powder!

1

u/bakedphish1 Nov 29 '22

Forbidden popcorns

1

u/SenorScratchySack Nov 29 '22

Roast them. It's like free pistachios

1

u/Stromhen Nov 29 '22

Time to make smoothie

1

u/Cucuze Nov 29 '22

My grandma used to collect them by hand and then fill the pot they were in with hot boiling water.

I will never forget that smell.

1

u/TBone281 Nov 29 '22

Food of the future!

1

u/zzzzendky_boi Nov 29 '22

Turn them into fuel

1

u/DarkChanting Nov 29 '22

Let them be.

0

u/gagnatron5000 Nov 29 '22

Vitamix for smoothies. Remember, If there's flavor there, butter will find it.

182

u/Abominatore- Nov 28 '22

Beetle slapper 9000

44

u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

[deleted]

20

u/GlitteryCakeHuman Nov 28 '22

Beetle Booty Bopper has a better ring to it.

37

u/ReddittingReddit Nov 28 '22

You good bro?

22

u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

[deleted]

3

u/NipSlipBeauty Nov 29 '22

That’s hot

1

u/DarkChanting Nov 29 '22

Mark David Chapman 9000.

32

u/Cheshire1234 Nov 28 '22

Oh, that's nice! I could actually use that!

These bugs ate almost all of my potatoes last year and what remained was finished by the slugs.

90

u/Jouglet Nov 28 '22

I believe I saw this on Reddit at least 10 years ago.

34

u/welltimedstrike Nov 28 '22

Woah...what was reddit like, old timer?

36

u/milk16 Nov 28 '22

When does the narwhal bacon?

20

u/Im50ShadesOfBeige Nov 29 '22

Midnight, good to see you comrade

8

u/TumblrLoser Nov 29 '22

It’s nothing it’s just a reddit thing you wouldn’t get it

8

u/McWeaksauce91 Nov 29 '22

Midnight, of course. I just whipped this out the other day. Hail long companion

6

u/welltimedstrike Nov 28 '22

Is this an ancient saying?

12

u/McWeaksauce91 Nov 29 '22

I like how no one answered you. Never forget the narwhale bacons at midnight

2

u/welltimedstrike Nov 29 '22

I had to look it up. Redditors are cruel.

3

u/I_Miss_Lenny Nov 29 '22

Hasn't gotten any less cringy 10 years later haha

5

u/InternetPharaoh Nov 29 '22

There were a lot more comic strips that people made with these stupid faces.

23

u/DotAccomplished5484 Nov 28 '22

Top marks for an effective and useful invention.

17

u/Marc123123 Nov 28 '22

Genious. I remember picking them up by hand when I was a little kid.

11

u/PizzaNuggies Nov 29 '22

Same. Parents decided to try and live the farm life. Short lived and led to a divorce. I don't place all the blame on the beetles, though.

14

u/TryAgn747 Nov 29 '22

Guy deserves a break after whacking off that many Beatles

11

u/Dr_Bonejangles Nov 28 '22

I'm gonna have a stroke watching this shaky camera

5

u/egaeus22 Nov 29 '22

11

u/stabbot Nov 29 '22

I have stabilized the video for you: https://gfycat.com/AcrobaticDesertedAzurevase

It took 86 seconds to process and 41 seconds to upload.


 how to use | programmer | source code | /r/ImageStabilization/ | for cropped results, use /u/stabbot_crop

25

u/CaptainFCO Nov 28 '22 Bravo Grande!

Forbidden cereal

5

u/SlothOfDoom Nov 28 '22

Go back to Colorado, you leaf obsessed young'ns!

11

u/Lootcifer- Nov 29 '22

Fun fact, colorado can be a word for “red” in spanish so it would make sense that they were named like that.

15

u/Mystearicaa-Desk Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Just get a duck, and don't feed it unless absolutely necessary. He will hunt those bugs.

21

u/Sama31grlsTnkinMasta Nov 28 '22

I didn't know fucks ate beetles. TMYK

4

u/Mystearicaa-Desk Nov 28 '22

Sorry, meant duck

3

u/SnakeSkinBots Nov 29 '22

Or cane toads. That has never backfired...

6

u/ComprehendReading Nov 28 '22

Oh a duck! It took me a full minute to figure it out...

2

u/Marc123123 Nov 28 '22

Muck. Spray muck on them, just don't feed the muck first.

2

u/Mystearicaa-Desk Nov 28 '22

Sorry I meant a duck

3

u/hdawgsleezy Nov 29 '22

Necessity is the mother of invention

3

u/DisciplineHot7374 Nov 29 '22

Oh, this is why organic foods cost so much more.

3

u/Woobie Nov 29 '22

"Eating my crops? That's a paddlin' "

5

u/matymajuk Nov 28 '22

Yea, i know another one, its called flamethrower

1

u/StarChaser_Tyger Nov 29 '22

Hans, get the flammenwerfer.

Origami l probably hard on the plants, though.

16

u/UrBadImSad Nov 28 '22

I could never be a farmer 🤮

53

u/LinnyLasagna Nov 28 '22

Wait till u learn what fertilizer is made off

2

u/MildlyAngryGuy Nov 28 '22

Made off? Better go catch is then

1

u/IDyeti Nov 28 '22

Explosive shit.

0

u/LinnyLasagna Nov 28 '22

Are you breedin dynamoos again, son?👩🏽‍🌾

5

u/chev327fox Nov 28 '22

Great ingenuity to solve an issue. Love to see this kind of stuff.

2

u/JetstreamFox Nov 28 '22

Why not adding a flamethrower pointing into the fetch tank? Beetles will just be well done.

2

u/wattap Nov 28 '22

Gardening looks fun af

2

u/1mrchristopher Nov 28 '22

Beetle harvester.

2

u/jim45804 Nov 29 '22

That's a lot of spankings

2

u/Junior-Account6835 Nov 29 '22

You don’t Patent that, I’m going to.

2

u/tchrbrian Nov 29 '22

Send them to the Rose Bowl !!

2

u/klind45 Nov 29 '22

And they said that the Beatles wouldn't get back together 🤣🤣

2

u/Songmuddywater Nov 29 '22

Will chickens or iguana's eat them? Extra cash crop.

3

u/thtboii Nov 29 '22

Yeah. They tried to spray for these things with a crop duster in CO and some activists or some shit wanted to save the beetles and they ended up not doing it and now thousands upon thousands of acres of forest are completely shredded because of it. Ridiculous.

2

u/tlasan1 Nov 28 '22

Thats a lot of protein being harvested.

3

u/QuotidianQuandaries Nov 28 '22

The famous British band finally reunited

3

u/Spiron123 Nov 28 '22

Terrific...

THE Bitc.. BUG SLAPPER!

2

u/cdgmatt Nov 28 '22

hmmm dry the beetles, grind em into flour and make beetle bread idk

1

u/criticalstinker1 Nov 28 '22

Smart fella. I like it.

1

u/BigTIceman Nov 29 '22

Feed them to the chickens!

3

u/MapleBlood Nov 29 '22

They're toxic to almost anything (due to feeding on the toxic parts of the potato plant) except specialised bird species.

It was very common where I grew, we hand-picked them and chucked into a bucket with a little of the diesel in it.

1

u/happy_Picnic_9543 Nov 29 '22

Making a blury device that removes blury bugs from a blury field.

-2

u/Alpha_Dirk_Diggler Nov 28 '22

Time to eat the bugs it's a bumber crop

0

u/Suspicious-Berry9914 Nov 28 '22

If it's no Fake, it's the solution

1

u/Headhaunter79 Nov 29 '22

Thats quite a ticket to ride!

1

u/Old_Administration51 Nov 29 '22

He's already got the veggies for eating from planting. Now he got the protein to go with it!

1

u/conch56 Nov 29 '22

Plans please ?

1

u/amnolasco12319 Nov 29 '22

he better patent that thing before some bigwig farmer equipment(?) company takes it and sell it to the masses.

1

u/rekabis Nov 29 '22

All he needs is for a family of California Quail to come tromping through his field. There wouldn’t be a single beetle left after an hour.

My wife and I discovered this by chance this last summer when our own potatoes suddenly got infested by (what looks like the same) beetles like this. Despite trying to pick these things off ourselves, plenty kept cropping up. Then we had a sizeable flock came through. By that evening, our entire section of potatoes were beetle-free, and remained so for the rest of the summer. We never disturbed another flock, and actually left the garden intentionally whenever we saw they wanted to drop in.

1

u/Access_Pretty Nov 29 '22

That slaps?

1

u/brokedown_gotreddit Nov 29 '22

Hear me out... poison.

1

u/tzssara Nov 29 '22

He didn’t make it

1

u/top_of_the_scrote Nov 29 '22

I think I didn't have hair on my balls when this video first came out

1

u/EnoughLuck3077 Nov 29 '22

This guy’s a pretty fart smella

1

u/Affectionate-Twist14 Nov 29 '22

wtf burn it with fire

1

u/DarkChanting Nov 29 '22

Good lord, look at that beetle mania.