Originally Posted by maverickronin
I wonder if there's another invertebrate that us guys should be haunted by besides the ants...
There's that South American water nematode thing, I forget what it's called - great scene in The Rundown with The Rock that should explain it: "nuh-uh - not this boy's pinto!" And it's real. And it requires surgery to remove in most cases iirc. Compared to that, nothing I've ever encountered in North America approaches or stands a chance as being sufficient nightmare fodder. Depending on the type of centipede, they're actually helpful creatures - they hunt and eat other bugs (a lot like spiders, and in some cases they eat spiders too). Some of them are dangerous to children/pets though (and I don't even want to care about those 10ft long things from the rainforest).
The "shooting spiders out of the car" thing also made me chuckle - a few weeks ago it started to warm up and the moths came out, and they end up in your car as a hiding place (doesn't matter what car you own; really fun as an example of how high end luxury cars are not as sealed as you'd like to think - and I know my car is a big leaky boat). Flipped the A/C on one morning, and it shot a moth out. I had to pull over to stop laughing, because I all could think of when it happened was the Simpsons with Burns' dogs "What, are you going to send out the bees, or the dogs, or the dogs that shoot bees out of their mouths?!" Was also fun watching the birds swarm the intersections and snatch up dozens of moths at a time as they come flying out of the moving/loud/now scary cars to find another hiding place. Was very Hitchcock.
Anyways, this is all a diversion to seeing those pictures and reading about an ant COLONY inside of your headphones (and I'm wearing my 'stats right now and it feels creepy to think about). At least they weren't FIRE ants, right?
Oh, and just to top off every horrible thing mentioned above that exists out in nature where you have to go outside and experience it or in some cases actively look for it:
They're increasing in prevalence in first world too. Edited by obobskivich - 6/11/12 at 4:14pm