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Strange insects cause panic in Luxor

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An abundant spread of unidentified insects caused terror to the residents in the center of Luxor.

Doctor "Atef Ahmed", Deputy of Veterinary Medicine in Luxor, confirmed that the people in the area of ​​Henry Street, branching from the Mustafa Kamel area east of Luxor, reported the presence of dense and strange insects in the streets suddenly without reasons, which caused a state of panic among the street residents.

Immediately, a security group, supported by a team of veterinary medicine, moved in, and they noticed the presence of insects that resemble ticks, spreading abundantly in the street and while trying to deal with them with pesticides was no way to eliminate them was successful.

The veterinary agent added that it is strange that insects exist in a dense variety, and that this is an unrecognized species, and is located in the vicinity of rams, which caused doubts about the influx of insects from an archaeological place, and that after the failure to eliminate them with regular pesticides, it is planned to prepare a compound that will become more sophisticated to eliminate the thick spread of that insect.

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What a shame they did not publish any photographs of these mystery insects. It would be interesting to see them and more likely someone could identify them.

The new mixture they intend to use to exterminate these insects with sounds lethal. I just hope it will not harm humans too. I remember the awful stuff they used to spray, and possibly still do, in the streets which could take your breath away and bring tears to your eyes. That was bad enough.
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The cockroaches are getting ready to take over Luxor.
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Oh dear lol!!


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I came across a new caterpillar this morning in my garden and wondered if anyone has any idea what it is. It was new to me – about 6” long and about 1” wide, a greeny brown colour. At first I thought it was a small snake, but it was segmented, and where snakes slither in a sideways motion, this moved up and down a segment at a time like a caterpillar. Fascinated though I was, I relocated it over the wall. Any ideas anyone?

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hatusu wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:58 am
I came across a new caterpillar this morning in my garden and wondered if anyone has any idea what it is. It was new to me – about 6” long and about 1” wide, a greeny brown colour. At first I thought it was a small snake, but it was segmented, and where snakes slither in a sideways motion, this moved up and down a segment at a time like a caterpillar. Fascinated though I was, I relocated it over the wall. Any ideas anyone?
Quite a whopper!

Without a picture it’s impossible to say but my guess, based on size, would be a hawk moth.....possibly the elephant hawk moth (see below) or oleander hawk moth. Both species can be found in Egypt.
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The colour varies quite a lot.....green/ brown....and they often have noticeable “eye spots” and a horn- like protuberance at tail end. But not always.
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Thank you Newcastle - yes the picture above does resemble the one in my garden.

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newcastle wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:24 am
hatusu wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:58 am
I came across a new caterpillar this morning in my garden and wondered if anyone has any idea what it is. It was new to me – about 6” long and about 1” wide, a greeny brown colour. At first I thought it was a small snake, but it was segmented, and where snakes slither in a sideways motion, this moved up and down a segment at a time like a caterpillar. Fascinated though I was, I relocated it over the wall. Any ideas anyone?
Quite a whopper!

Without a picture it’s impossible to say but my guess, based on size, would be a hawk moth.....possibly the elephant hawk moth (see below) or oleander hawk moth. Both species can be found in Egypt.

38E9F460-A495-4AB2-BBD3-1A95530FD916.jpeg

The colour varies quite a lot.....green/ brown....and they often have noticeable “eye spots” and a horn- like protuberance at tail end. But not always.
These critters are very destructive to the roots of plants, I've had a few of them. One fascinating fact about them is their defensive actions when grabbed, believe it or not, they omit a high pitched "scream" I picked 3 of them off a dragon palm using two sticks as I had no idea if they secreted a poisonous reflex action. Their grip on the branches was amazingly strong, then the screaming started. Nearly crapped meself lol.
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Dusak wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:05 pm


These critters are very destructive to the roots of plants, I've had a few of them. One fascinating fact about them is their defensive actions when grabbed, believe it or not, they omit a high pitched "scream" I picked 3 of them off a dragon palm using two sticks as I had no idea if they secreted a poisonous reflex action. Their grip on the branches was amazingly strong, then the screaming started. Nearly crapped meself lol.
Thought Dusak was having us on......then found this :

https://www.livescience.com/61868-cater ... olved.html

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Seeing as the boffins are out identifying creatures, how about the following beastie? He was about 2 inches long, and I found him (dead) under a carpet on our roof a couple of years ago and haven't had any luck in identifying him ever since.

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Teddyboy wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:26 pm
Seeing as the boffins are out identifying creatures, how about the following beastie? He was about 2 inches long, and I found him (dead) under a carpet on our roof a couple of years ago and haven't had any luck in identifying him ever since.
A most strange looking beastie, alien in origin perhaps lol. If you sent the image to the natural history museum I would imagine they could identify it. It would be interesting to find out what it was.
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Teddyboy wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:26 pm
Seeing as the boffins are out identifying creatures, how about the following beastie? He was about 2 inches long, and I found him (dead) under a carpet on our roof a couple of years ago and haven't had any luck in identifying him ever since.
Methinks it might be a mole cricket.
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You don’t say whether you found it in Egypt or U.K....it’s pretty rare in the latter

Here’s another picture...the long things (on the back of the critter in your photo) I assume are wings.
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That could well be it, thank you, newcastle.

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