Is It A Plague?

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
June 29, 2016 6:00pm CST
Well, here it is. Not even July yet, and we get our first (spotted) locust shedding its skin. I hope this is not just a tiny prelude for things yet to come. I can remember when I was a child, me and my cousins would play outside all day, and sometimes into the dark of the night. (Things were much safer back then.) We thought it a treasure to find one of these exoskeletons. We would pull them off of whatever they were attached to, usually trees, and play with them for hours. Or until they got crushed, whichever came first. I called my kids out to see this beauty of a find. Boys, I might add. I released it from the wood it was tightly clinging to, being very careful not to crush it between my fingers. I brought it toward them so they could take a gander. They both ran screaming into the house, lol. Maybe I should have told them it wasn't alive?? Picture is my own.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
29 Jun 16
lolz Yes maybe so ..wish they werent so frightened by it ahha I too remember these creature thingies when I was a child
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Jun 16
Those were the good ol days.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
1 Jul 16
@cindiowens Yes they were my friend
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@jstory07 (58209)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Jul 16
@TiarasOceanView They are ugly looking.
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@RubyHawk (21448)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Jun 16
We used to find locusts when I was growing up, I haven't seen one in years, probably because I haven't looked for them.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
30 Jun 16
I wasn't looking for that one, but I found it anyway, lol.
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@sallypup (21890)
• Moses Lake, Washington
29 Jun 16
That's one critter that I've not yet met. Interesting to examine.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Jun 16
Really? You don't get them in Washington? Maybe it is a Southern thing.
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@sallypup (21890)
• Moses Lake, Washington
29 Jun 16
@cindiowens No we don't. I think when my Mom lived in Missouri she had weird bugs. We get stuff like wasps when its hot out. Yikes. And skeeters.
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@JudyEv (100851)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun 16
Sometimes kids are a real worry, aren't they?
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
30 Jun 16
If that's all I have to worry about, I'll take it.
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@jaboUK (50654)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 16
If you hadn't said, I would have assumed it was a live creature. I'm glad that we don't get them here.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Jun 16
They are very noisy too. It is an eerie sound that I can't even describe.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
i recall doin' the same :) i hope such aint a sign'f times to come. been battlin' grasshoppers here fer the past 2 years. e'en the wheat farmers didn't plant their crops 'til 'bout mid october last year due to the onslaught. gigglin' o'er those boys reactions :D yepperz, ya might'a warned'em 'f such.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Jun 16
Yeah, Guess I shoulda. Oh well...
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@amadeo (47939)
• United States
29 Jun 16
sorry,I do not like the look of this mean ugly bug.Ugh
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Jun 16
It's okay @amadeo I won't make you look at it. The bug is gone though. It is only a shell.
@paigea (21205)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
I hope they will come back out and check it out.
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@jstory07 (58209)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Jul 16
That is an ugly looking bug I think I would run away to.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I fear I may have done the same thing.
@just4him (91965)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Jul 16
It does look alive. Maybe you should have told them it was only a skeleton.