Beware of your plants
Posted 04 April 2006 - 12:11 AM
Take this poor soul for example:
A lady bought a large cactus from a floral store and took it home. The cactus was one of the larger ones that stands about five feet tall. She found a nice sunny spot to put it in, and went about her business. That night, her daughter was sitting in the room reading and heard this strange sound. She looked around and couldn't find anything, so she went back to reading. The sound repeated itself, and after searching, she realized it was coming from the area of the cactus. She looked all around the cactus and didn't see anything, and then the noise repeated again, but louder. She looked at the cactus and couldn't believe her eyes... it looked like it was breathing. The sides were moving in and out, and had wave like motion travelling up it. She called her mom and told her what was going on, and her mom told her to get out of the house right away while she called the police and drove home.
The police arrived with the bomb squad and put the cactus in a large container to take it away. Just as they were about to close the container, a portion of the cactus gave way, and hundreds of baby tarantulas crawled out.
What do you think? Can something like this happen? Is it plausible? Can insects lay their eggs inside of a plant and have them hatch later?
Just make sure you take a stethoscope to the garden shop and listen to your plants before you buy them. If you hear "lub dub.... lub dub... lub dub" (immitates a heart sound) don't buy that one
Posted 04 April 2006 - 07:38 AM
Posted 04 April 2006 - 10:53 AM
Just as they were about to close the container, a portion of the cactus gave way, and hundreds of baby tarantulas crawled out.
I've heard this one from my own mother and thankfully i've been given the gift of not being able to grow/keep alive anything plantlike in my home
Posted 04 April 2006 - 11:37 AM
I would freak out!.....I know that bugs can lay eggs in some crazy places...but that tops it!
No, what tops it was when they used my husbands thigh as an incubaor in Figi!
"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true." -Oscar Wilde “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Posted 04 April 2006 - 12:38 PM
Posted 04 April 2006 - 01:12 PM
Posted 04 April 2006 - 09:02 PM
Snopes.com that investigates stories like this says this is just a legend.
Yes, I knew it was an Urban Legend when I posted it in "Urban Legends" The story may seem far fetched, and of course is known to be false, but the real question is, is it plausible? Maybe you aren't letting Tarantulas into your house, but what are you letting in?
When an insect lays it's eggs in a plant, it's called a "Gall"
Here are some examples that may be attached to plants that you bring home
A type of wasp:
A member of the fly/mosquito/gnat family
Sooo, they are out there
Posted 05 April 2006 - 04:38 AM
Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:49 AM
Thanks for the photos of larvae in/on plants though. We can also bring in buggers on us! Ticks and fleas jump up onto our pants legs, spiders can drop down on our clothes/hair from above. And they can come in on our pet's coats as well. Ah spring, when a squeamish person's heart turns to pesticide...
Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:17 PM
Everyone who owns an aquarium knows to set up a quaruntine tank for new arrivals. Only after a month of being quaruntined is the new plant / fish is allowed into the big tank. Oh, you can't mix different stages in the same tank (the month would start over for everyone in there).
I didn't lose my mind - I have it backed up on a disk ... somewhere
Posted 07 April 2006 - 12:40 PM
Posted 10 April 2006 - 03:25 AM
So plausable for things to come over for a visit. imagine if they did not do that??
I told them to send the saddle back. The chemicles would have ruined the leather to kill the bugs
Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:23 PM
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