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    Bugs on my Support Tree

    I went on an overnight with Doctari at RRG, KY on our way back from TD. When I went to get in my hammock after dark I saw these little guys on my support trees. I saw 3 of these crawling on the tree on both sides of my hammock and tarp support lines. Thought it was kind of cool. I know that some centipeds can be poisonous, so I was not going to find out and touch these. They were around 3 inches long. I always try to leave things alone when I am hiking anyways.

    This makes me think twice before I blindly adjust my hamock in the dark.




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    not sure what type of centipeds they are but they are rather common around here in Shen NP

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    Yeah those things are pretty nasty looking. Just think if you were on the ground the would be crawling under you and possibly getting inside your tent (I don't know how but insects like daddy long legs always got in my tent). Imagine waking up with one of those things on your face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Yeah those things are pretty nasty looking. Just think if you were on the ground the would be crawling under you and possibly getting inside your tent (I don't know how but insects like daddy long legs always got in my tent). Imagine waking up with one of those things on your face.
    Yeah I was laying in my hammock thinking about those things crawling down the supports. They didn't and I do not think they would, thinkfully.
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    In GA we had millipedes that looked just like these...if you touch them, they'll curl up into a ball and smell like stinky cherries. If they're the same kind, at least.
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    These curled up and had a lot of legs. They might be the same.
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    I'm not the biggest fan of creepy crawlies

    I seem to recall reading that people in the tropics sometimes thread half a squash ball (racketball?) on the support lines to both act as a drip stopper and scary bug stopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    In GA we had millipedes that looked just like these...if you touch them, they'll curl up into a ball and smell like stinky cherries. If they're the same kind, at least.
    yep, i believe those guys in the pictures are a type of millipede. couldn't say for sure but i suspect those are pretty much harmless.
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    last year i sat up my hammock in the rain as it was approaching night fall & went right off to get water as it was getting dark.
    next morn as i lay in my hammock enjoying the light rain, i noticed these guys (a kind of yellow jacket?) going in & out of the tree i had the foot of my hammock tied to.
    no prob... they weren't at all agitated, even when i took several pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    last year i sat up my hammock in the rain as it was approaching night fall & went right off to get water as it was getting dark.
    next morn as i lay in my hammock enjoying the light rain, i noticed these guys (a kind of yellow jacket?) going in & out of the tree i had the foot of my hammock tied to.
    no prob... they weren't at all agitated, even when i took several pictures.
    That's pretty cool. Knowing my luck I would have a swarm of bee's flying outside my bugnet that I would have to wait out.
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