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What's that thing on the 6News Towercam?


It's time to play 'What's that thing on the 6News Towercam?" Mosquito? Hummingbird? Voldemort? Watch carefully. It's as perplexing as it is terrifying.

We don't have a full-time entomologist on staff, so your guess is as good as ours. And we're going to reward your creativity.

Leave your best guess in the comments and you're entered to win some KUSports.com and Lawrence.com magnets! Woo!

The rules

Here's how this mini-contest works:

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  • Each guess counts as an entry
  • You can enter multiple times
  • Entries do not count if they violate the Terms of Service
  • Deadline to enter is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
  • World Company employees are not eligible
  • We will select three winners
  • Winners will be selected at random
  • Winners will be notified before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 via private message on LJWorld.com. So make sure your account has an active email address!

Ready? Go!



plastictweaker 7 years, 1 month ago

Mutated frog/dragonfly. Probably drank water from the Kaw.

ronwell_dobbs 7 years, 1 month ago

It's Mothman. Get them drivers off the bridge.

kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

I saw that monster flying in front of the camera earlier; I'm also voting dragonfly.

chip 7 years, 1 month ago

Male Polistes (paper) wasps hanging out in the hope that a lady wasp will make an appearance so that they can complete their mission in life - an urgent task as winter fast approaches and time is running out.

RoeDapple 7 years, 1 month ago

That's a "Lookame". Designed to distract otherwise safe drivers, who are then run into by text messaging drunkards on bicycles. Really.

janatig 7 years, 1 month ago

It's too late for mayflies, so I'm going to go with that classic trickster, Puck. From A Midsummer Night's Dream, not Glee.

puddleglum 7 years, 1 month ago

looks like a female dragon-tick to me.

independent_rebel 7 years, 1 month ago

Too many choices...

If I were Merrill, I'd swear it is failed Reagan/Bush/Cheney policies.

If I were TomShewmon, I'd swear it was Merrill.

ericp 7 years, 1 month ago

Honestly.....it looks like the same idiot who voted that KU Basketball would finish 2nd to K-State in the Big 12 conference.....now if that doesnt win whatever this prize is, then you must have voted for a second place finish too! Rock Chalk....Im out!

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

Have to agree with chip, it's one or more Polistes. I first thought it was yellow jackets, but by the long hanging legs and slender body, I'm going with the paper wasp Polistes opinion. Probably a large nest up there.

I saw the wasps had made a nest I thought to get rid of those pests

So with a stick I knocked it down I must have looked some kind of clown

Running, waving, yelling out Angry wasps swarming about

Exposed skin in welts does swell With little stingers from their tail

What a fool I've surely been And paid the price from head to shin

I should have known they'd be irate As homelessness became their fate

If some one destroyed my living pad I think I would be just as mad

I'll take it as a lesson learned In mind and skin it's deeply burned

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

Not Bird nor Plane Or even Frog It's Randy Jackson "What's up Dawg?"

Kathy Theis-Getto 7 years, 1 month ago

This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened. Ziggy Marley

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater!

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

How creative do you have to be to be selected at random?

I need those magnets to balance out the expired magnetic calendars stuck to my beer fridge in the garage.

My Favorite Martian?

riverdrifter 7 years, 1 month ago

DIST has the correct answer with the 6:41 post, methinks.

hitman33 7 years, 1 month ago

It's the chupacabra!!!! Hide all your goats and chickens.

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

It's a KU football fan flying high with their success so far. Oh wait that couldn't be right, could it? Maybe if we were looking under the bridge.

fancy80 7 years, 1 month ago

I vote dragon fly. Jeez, some insects will do anything to get on camera....

Nikki May 7 years, 1 month ago

It looks like Hopper from Bug's Life. But, I think it's a wasp of some sort.

Fred Sherman 7 years, 1 month ago

Its a low flying Cessna after taking off from Rwy 01-19 at LWC

Kevin Sontag 7 years, 1 month ago

The 6News Towercam has apparently been taken over, "conquered" if you will, by a master race of giant space ants. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them, the ants will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

Chocoholic 7 years, 1 month ago

Democrat? Republican? Tea Party? Can't really tell, but it's definitely a politician.

notyourmom 7 years, 1 month ago

Are there two of them? I think they are Ignorance and Want. "Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased."

Chocoholic 7 years, 1 month ago

Or, could be the seeum, the significantly larger and much less camera-shy relative of the noseeum.

mdrndgtl 7 years, 1 month ago

That's a road, spanning a sewage highway.

Shelbyrules 7 years, 1 month ago

horizontally sliced Las Vegas show girl

da2yl2on 7 years, 1 month ago

It's a mutant hornet that you can see by now has grown to be the size of a small vehicle. I wonder where the rest of the evil, face smacking colony is.

Ken Lassman 7 years, 1 month ago

A cicada. But I suppose it could be what happens when a cicada mixes it up with a tree frog.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 1 month ago

Same spider and web that's been flapping around up there for years. Does anyone ever clean up there?

whats_going_on 7 years, 1 month ago

would YOU want to go up there so high with those creepy crawlers and flyers? I sure as heck wouldn't. :)

SuzyQ 7 years, 1 month ago

What's wrong with you guys? It's obviously Tinker Bell!

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

Batman - Da da da da da da da da -Batman

whats_going_on 7 years, 1 month ago

an Emporia State Hornet.

Get out the flyswatter, they're on our TURF.

Jay_lo 7 years, 1 month ago

Dumbo - After winning Biggest Loser

Kontum1972 7 years, 1 month ago

my X-Wife............ps ..she has gotten uglier too... and she wonders why she cant find a Man...LoL!

wmathews 7 years, 1 month ago

Still waiting to hear back from one of the winners. If I don't hear by Monday, I'll select someone new.

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