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Rmsyll2


Mar 16, 2011, 6:08 AM
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Pilot Mtn. NC: bug alert  (North_America: United_States: North_Carolina: Central: Pilot_Mountain)
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With warmer nights and days, Ladybugs and wasps are coming out of hibernation in rock cracks. Ladybugs are currently in surprising clusters and slowly crawling over anything including your gear and you if you keep still long enough. They can bite, especially now when especially hungry. The wasps are Mud Daubers that will make tube nests, and are not aggressive but can be distracting.

Lizards have already been out sunning, and snakes will be out soon, particularly Copperhead snakes which are rather small and leaf-colored and so easily missed until putting a foot or hand too close. They are to be avoided, not ever damaged.

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jolery


Mar 29, 2011, 10:49 AM
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I lived in Raleigh for a year - on one trip to Pilot, the cliffs were COVERED in lady bugs, literally covered solid in massive sections of cliffs, entire routes. That was some crunchy climbing that day, poor little bastards.


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By May 1, it is the big bumblebees that are out and acting territorial even with people. The males will hover in your face as if about to attack. But they do not sting, they are really looking for another male to battle. Usually any motion, even blowing air at them, will make them go elsewhere. They are not really interested in you, and can be ignored.

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