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 Are there insects/bugs in Denver?
armoredsaint  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 8:06:54 PM
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.

I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.
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thelastgunslinger  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 8:08:35 PM
We have less than most places, but there are still bugs here.

ETA: It's not because of the altitude per se, it is because it is very dry here.
Magpul  [Industry Partner]
9/19/2008 8:09:12 PM

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.

I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.


There are insects here at 5270 feet above sea level but not many of them compared to other parts of the country.
DD977GM2  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 8:09:36 PM
Far less then most places, but we have black widows, miller moths, black ants, ticks and couple other annoying insects.
poink  [Member]
9/19/2008 8:10:32 PM
I'm at a higher elevation than Denver, and I have been trying to kill the same fly for the past 4 hours.
BigRedDog  [Member]
9/19/2008 8:14:47 PM
The insects in Denver are easy to spot, they have Obama bumper stickers
xxxx  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 8:25:25 PM

Originally Posted By BigRedDog:
The insects in Denver are easy to spot, they have Obama bumper stickers

I noticed several of these insects when I was in Denver this past week.
fossil_fuel  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 9:18:41 PM
I've been to places all around the country and Denver has the least insects of anywhere i've ever been. I don't know why, probably a combination of high altitude and dry air. It's not the altitude alone because I spent a summer in a mountain town at 8500 feet and it had plenty of bugs.

ETA: then again, when I lived in Wyoming it was higher elevation than here, and much drier as well, yet there were plenty of bugs. I really have no idea why Denver has so few.
omega62  [Life Member]
9/19/2008 9:21:15 PM

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.
I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.


Tell your friend she is extraordinarily naive about the adaptability and survivability of the most successful kingdom of life in the entire history of planet earth.
Z_0  [Member]
9/19/2008 9:23:27 PM
There were many reports of swarms of large scary bugs the week of August 25-28, 2008.
Exile87  [Member]
9/19/2008 9:25:52 PM
Uh, your friend is off her rocker. << me saying this is being very nice..... I could tell you what I really think.

There are LOTS of bugs! if you live next to a lake or a river or any body of water... oh yea....

The citys are nice, all you have to worry about are the flys.

the citys get sprayed every other day, so it keeps the skeeters down :)

stoner63a  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 9:27:02 PM
You get the annual Miller Moth Invasion in May/June. Billions of moths find ways of getting into your house, seeking any light source.
Exile87  [Member]
9/19/2008 9:27:30 PM

Originally Posted By omega62:

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.
I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.


Tell your friend she is extraordinarily naive about the adaptability and survivability of the most successful kingdom of life in the entire history of planet earth.



THANK YOU! you beat me to it!

Its dark out, I will turn on my ligth and snap a shot.
VT4meGunCtrlisAntiUS  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 9:29:53 PM

Originally Posted By Magpul:

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.

I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.


There are insects here at 5270 feet above sea level but not many of them compared to other parts of the country.


I have a place on the Western Slope that I love. There really are VERY few flying peskies. Can't beat the weather either, great skiing and camping too.

ETA: You want bugs, hang out around the Saco River up in Maine
babirl  [Life Member]
9/19/2008 9:34:30 PM
There is a reason we have a particularly popular pastime called "fly fishing" out here!

B2

Oh yeah, tell your friend she really "needs" to go experience the high alpine environment around some stagnant water! Our mosquitoes might not rival the AK and ND "national air force" skeeters in size; HOWEVER, they are some of the most aggressive, blood-sucking insects I've ever been around.

ETA: Tell her to also wait for June and the "miller moth" hatch. With all that said, we really do live in a relatively insect-free zone compared to many places.
fossil_fuel  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 9:42:22 PM
in Wyoming I saw flies the length of a .223 case. Glad they weren't biters.
paddymurphy  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 9:46:16 PM
Like others have said ---Fail.

I live higher than Denver. I lived at 7344 ft for 8 years and had bugs.
QUIB  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 10:01:13 PM

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.







I think she's the one suffering from lack of O2.
USMC88-93  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 10:05:45 PM
Less due to the winter freeze and somewhat different varieties but we do have our fair share.
Keith_J  [Team Member]
9/19/2008 10:08:58 PM
Mormon Crickets were a plague there when the Mormons were moving west. Of Biblical plague proportions.

No one knows why they are no longer in the numbers. Long before the use of insecticides.
kongman74  [Member]
9/20/2008 5:11:08 AM

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
A female friend told me that there's no insects in Denver because of its high altitude and their lungs can't handle the thin air.

I've been to Denver many times and never paid attention to this.


Your friend is grossly misinformed. If she's ever been here it had to be during winter when the cold killed all the little bastards off.

I've lived here all my life and there are plenty of bugs around from spring through fall. The bigger ones like katydids and praying mantises come out at night. When I was a kid there were a couple of big (larger than songbirds) moths doing the nasty on the patio table for a day and a half one year.
jrollins  [Team Member]
9/20/2008 6:02:18 AM
Might want to mention to her that bugs don't HAVE lungs anyway... See how long THAT takes to sink in
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