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Old 05-25-06, 06:07 AM   #1
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Absolutely Disgusting.....

Well at least too disgusting for me. All I could last was one hour.

I was planning on going for a nice 2 and 1/2 hour ride at the local loop after work yesterday. I was going with a buddy be he bailed due to a recent second child. Now, Every year we get a bit of a inch worm hatching around this time but it really has been a minor annoyance, wipe a few dozen inch worms off after a ride, clean the 'webbing' off of your helment and bike, etc.

But last night, after about 15 minutes, I had to stop. I literally had inchworms crawling all over me. I would estimate about 300 or so. Crawling on my neck, all over my legs, all over the bike. So I stopped to wipe off as many as I could and kept going. After another few minutes and a couple of hundred worms I had to call it quits. I back tracked the loop and rode back to car, immediatley stripping and throwing on a clean tee shirt and shorts.

Anyway, that was the first time that I could remember cutting a ride short due to insects. Anyone else ever had to do that?
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Old 05-25-06, 06:12 AM   #2
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YUK that would have been discusting! How did all the inch worms get on you though?
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when they hatch, they drop down from the trees on silk webbing. It's like riding through a curtain of worms.
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yewwww! that is the stuff nightmares are made of!
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when they hatch, they drop down from the trees on silk webbing. It's like riding through a curtain of worms.
Hmm i guess not too plesent to ride though then .
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Uhhh.. that's kinda creepy.
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A couple of years ago we had a similar problem with lady bugs . Huge swarms of lady bugs landing on anything and everything yellow(like my TDF leaders jersey) . I had no idea that lady bugs could bite you .
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I had no idea that lady bugs could bite you .
They bite!?!?!?!?! WTF!!!!!
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A couple of years ago we had a similar problem with lady bugs . Huge swarms of lady bugs landing on anything and everything yellow(like my TDF leaders jersey) . I had no idea that lady bugs could bite you .
Those aren't real lady bugs, they're some import and we get them up here as well. They like to get into your house when it gets cold outside. I had hundreds of the little bastards in my place all winter.
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... That is absolutely disgusting. xD I would've chickened out after 10 worms.
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Eh, they're just caterpillars...



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There is a 2 week period here in Calgary where I cannot even ride my favorite paths - they are totally overrun with cluster flies or mosquitos - I feel your pain man
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There is a 2 week period here in Calgary where I cannot even ride my favorite paths - they are totally overrun with cluster flies or mosquitos - I feel your pain man
Oh yeah - those f***ing gnats! They swarm at exactly head height, then when you ride through them you end up coughing up gnat bits.

To the OP, yeah, I would have called it quits as well. I have an unrelenting hatred for flying insects, and dangling caterpillars are right up there...
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The only thing I hate. On montara, there are little swarms of bees and flies all around where new bushes have grown from the rainy season. On my way down, I'm always stupid enough not to close my mouth and I always get at least a few bugs in my mouth. Nothing as bad as your situation though.
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^ Well actually that was part of the reason I stopped. I was keeping my mouth closed because of a few worms I had already had to spit out and I couldn't catch my breath going up the hills

Oh well, we just need a nice hard rain or I have to wait it out on the road bike for a couple of days.

I might join a group ride and hang at the back of the pack so that the riders in front get the worms, and I stay worm free.
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Those aren't real lady bugs, they're some import and we get them up here as well. They like to get into your house when it gets cold outside.
I'm pretty sure they were plain old lady bugs . We get them every year around this time(hardly cold in Vegas in May), but not like that one year . They were getting into my nose and ears , down my shirt . It made me real happy about those skin-tight shorts we all love/hate .
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Ew that sounds pretty nasty... The only problem in the summer here is the infernal midge. Millions of these tiny fly things that bite you. It's not harmful just they itch like mad, but I have to be one of the lucky ones they like the taste of and it happens I get massive blotches where they bite me
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heh its not like maggots or somthing, but still it would be rather off setting esp on your neck and once they work there way down into your shirt or somthing.

Its seasonal is it not? so they should hopfully go away soon, if not maybe contact the people that own/upkeep that area and let them know.
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Its seasonal is it not? so they should hopfully go away soon, if not maybe contact the people that own/upkeep that area and let them know.
Yes, it is only for couple of weeks or so. It must have hit the peak the other day. It's just a natural, seasonal thing but it just got the best of me the other day
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Those aren't real lady bugs, they're some import and we get them up here as well. They like to get into your house when it gets cold outside. I had hundreds of the little bastards in my place all winter.
They are called Asian Winged Lady's, they are an exotic from Asia. The Taxonimist I work with also says thats what they are. My first year at college my appartment was crawling with them.
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Yuck thats horrible haha.
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Hmm, I know lady birds to bites, but not painfull. I felt once ^^. Anyway how did you get hit by sooo many worms? Are you riding at night? Haha, I remember once where one of my group riders got stung by a bee, he was resting and the bee stung him, he quickly rode his bike and cycled real fast, that was very funny haha
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They are called Asian Winged Lady's, they are an exotic from Asia. The Taxonimist I work with also says thats what they are. My first year at college my appartment was crawling with them.
yep I remember when they were first "introduced" in the U.S. .the whole friggin state of Va. was swarmed with them. I heard it was like that everywhere they were "introduced". they killed my venus fly trap too. thank goodness they headed west.
I hate it when those inchworms get in my helmet too, especially(sp?) since shaving my head. I dont blame you for turning back
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We had a problem with the imitation lady bugs in GA at first as well but they have since slacked off. Worst than them is those "dont-see-ems" some kind of flies! I dont' know what they are called but they were introduced to feed on the imported fire ants. They are little red specs that you can't see on most surfaces and they will make your skin crawl...lol.
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Hmm, I know lady birds to bites, but not painfull. I felt once .
The pain wasn't too bad , but I had no idea they could bite . We started calling the beotch bugs after that
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