Things You Find Under Rocks…
I was clearing a trail called “Clag-be-gone” yesterday and I moved a rock and found one of these:
It was beautiful but I didn’t spot it at first and when it moved I got the fright of my life. I’ve seen loads of smaller green geko types under rocks, some fairly big scorpions and even a huge centipede, well over 10cm’s and evil looking, I’ve since found out it’s a Scolopendra and can grow to 20cm’s in Europe. It was actually beautiful and scary the way it moved, quite like that bad guy out of Monsters Inc but it’s meant to give a very nasty bite. I won’t post a picture for the faint of heart but google it if you’re interested.
I also found some very large beetles last week in some dead wood, about the size of a thumb and the most amazing irredescent metalic green, absolutely beautiful.
Anyone else found anything cool / creepy under a rock when building biking trails.Posted 8 years ago
This little critter was scampering around the floor of our jungle hut in Thailand. I wore shoes all the time after that (after checking the shoes were empty first of course) 🙂
And this was out in the jungle. It’s leg span is quite a bit bigger than my open palm, and the body is the size of a plum. I was worried that they jump, but apprently they dont. 🙂
Posted 8 years ago
There’s loads of those beatles on the trails here at the moment shifting their little bits of poo! About an inch long and cool as anything! I almost wiped the other day trying to avoid one right in the middle of a corner, not worrying about anything other than it’s ball of poop!
Right, I’m off out, wonder what I’ll find today…Posted 8 years ago
It was in a really rocky area up in the hills in Andalucia near Cabra. I remember it because it was a roasting day in this rocky deserty type hillside. It was amazing when it moved but I’m glad I moved my hand away quickly!
I’ve seen ‘nests’ in the trees that look like that. Must be caterpillars, I’d thought it might be a spider or something. I’ll keep an eye out to see what comes out of them.Posted 8 years ago
Thanks for the info.
If the nests are in pine trees they are probably procession caterpillars, and are called tents. The hairs of the caterpillars are very light and very poisonous. If you have a dog keep them away as the hairs tend to get left on the ground and the dogs can sniff them up.Posted 8 years agoal2000Subscriber
Last year in Australia, we went walking on Kuringai Chase (think Cannock Chase, but completely different and in Australia). There were thousands of massive yellow orb weavers everywhere, and their webs stretched across the paths and tracks, often down to waist level.
Except for on the paths that riders had been down.
We got talking to a group of riders later on that day, they said they kept a pair of goggles for the guy on point..
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