Spooky Massachusetts Pests
While some pests look harmless, others have a spine-chilling appearance that triggers immediate fear. Massachusetts definitely has its fair share of creepy crawlers roaming the area. Here are some of the spookiest pests in the state.
The assassin bug is a serious predator. After injecting toxic venom into victims, it uses a long beak to suck out their body fluids. While assassin bugs help control local insect populations, approach them with great caution. An assassin bug’s bite is bound to cause you a lot of pain. They are often found hiding on garden plants.
Although the cow killer tends to get mistaken for a brightly colored ant, it’s really a type of wasp. Some of the cow killer’s favorite habitats include fields, meadows, lawns, and sandy areas. If you happen to encounter a cow killer, keep your distance. Rumors suggest that its sting is powerful enough to take down a cow.
Bold Jumping Spider
Understandably, a lot of people are intimidated by the bold jumping spider. Its furry body and piercing eyes can cause a great deal of panic. Although bold jumping spiders don’t spin webs, they use their amazing leaping ability to catch prey. From your car to your bedroom closet, bold jumping spiders will take refuge virtually anywhere.
At first glance, the crane fly looks exactly like a giant mosquito. Fortunately, this long-legged insect doesn’t feed on blood or spread disease. Amazingly, some species don’t even have a mouth. They rely on fat reserves for survival. Crane flies spend most of their short life trying to mate.
The saddleback caterpillar is certainly not your ordinary worm. Not only does the saddleback caterpillar uses its unique spines to glide along leaves and branches, but also uses them for protection from predators. Because saddleback caterpillars can sting you and leave a rash, avoid touching them. Upon reaching adulthood, the saddleback caterpillar gradually transforms into a moth.
Resembling an extremely tiny scorpion, the pseudoscorpion is actually an arachnid. Although pseudoscorpions can’t fly, they like to hitchhike on other insects. Like spiders, pseudoscorpions produce silk. However, the silk is used to build protective cocoons as opposed to webs. Don't be surprised to find pseudoscorpions hiding inside an old book.
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