January 12th, 2008

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New community I started

I started a new community today called wtf_humans. It was inspired by this community, because some of the posts in this community could more rightly be "wtf_humans" than "wtf_nature". Here is the info about it:

Have you ever have those moments when you're embarrassed to be human because of things others have done? Like to rant (occasionally or often) about thy fellow human being? Then you've found the perfect place! Rants, news clips, pictures, videos... anything that makes you angry with/embarrassed at humanity, feel free to share! Anything goes, as long as it makes you even briefly ashamed of being human (for real or figuratively speaking).

Theist, atheist, anti-theist, agnostic, whatever your philosophical inclinations (if any), all are welcome. Joining is instant. I just ask you follow the rules.

Hope to see you there!

If this isn't allowed, I am sorry.

X-posted to heck and back
lesbian weevils

The reason for my icon...

Someone sent me this article years ago, which prompted me to create a new icon professing my lesbian weevil love. Eventually, I stuck a link to the article in my profile because it seemed like I had started to give some people false hope that I had something in common with these gorgeous creatures...something more than a hard shell and gorgeousness.


The basic idea is that the little ladies pair up in the presence of smaller males, and move out of the way when the larger, more desirable males are in close proximity. This is not unlike a college party, where the tactic often creates drunken threesomes instead of an opportunity to breed with stronger males.

*sigh* I love being an entomologist. :)
lesbian weevils


Oh these little creatures are great fun. They lay their eggs on mosquitoes, and the mosquito uses it as currency to buy a little blood off of you. That way you won't feel so upset about Momma mosquito using you to feed her babies.

So for a few weeks, you get a little pet who will be your constant companion! It lives in a little hole in your skin that is open to the outside so it can breathe.

This little cutie is the one inside you, which eventually pupates and turns into the critter in the first pic.

More Info via Wikipedia

Edited to add quote from pic source:
There are stories of entomologists rearing torsalos on themselves in order to get a good specimen of an adult (which are rarely captured), but we regard this as taking your profession a little too far.

I'll admit to having considered this in the past. I've yet to receive the gift though, so I just have to wait.
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Of course, my favorite botfly story is about my first encounter with one. I've never had a "pet" but I did meet some adults when I did a brief stint as an entomologist for a pest control company. Customers sent lots of samples to me for identification, and these had me stumped. They were obviously flies, but looked like little bumblebees. I figured they were some sort of flower fly and mimics of bees. I finally posted them to bugguide.net and found out that I had two adult rodent botflies. Because I have a tendency to go into too much detail, the customer was horrified. Really though, there wasn't much my company could do about it and it wasn't hurting them anyway.

Jim The Wonder Dog

Not to many people outside of Missouri know about Jim the Wonder Dog but around here he's something of a local legend.
Jim the Wonder dog was an English Setter born in Mar. 10, 1925 and whom died in Mar. 18, 1937. His owner Samuel Van Arsdale, noticed something special about Jim early in his life when he was on a hunting trip and happen to tell Jim to go sit under a hickory tree. Immediately the dog went to a hickory tree and placed his paw on its trunk. His owner thought it was surely a coincidence so he then asked Jim to show him a black oak tree and Jim did! Then he identified a walnut, a cedar and a clump of hazel bushes.

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Watering-Pot Shells

aka Salt-and-Pepper Shakers

These things grow in sediment, and on, or in, rocks across a wide range of tropical shallows. Most of the species from long tubes, with a bulging, porous plate and a frill at one end. Looking closely, you may a pair of tiny oval bumps on the side, up near the frill. In the photos here, they're much more obvious, but you can't see the details of the plate so easily.

They have those tiny bumps because they're bivalves.

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Gemina the 'Crooked-Necked Giraffe' Dies

Yes, more giraffes.
I remember this being discussed on here a ways back, so I thought I would post this here.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Gemina, a giraffe with a distinctive crooked neck and one of the most beloved animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo, has died. She was 21. The zoo euthanized the animal on Wednesday, it was announced Thursday.

"We observed a decline in her appetite over the past two weeks and she had stopped eating all together," said Alan Varsik, the zoo's director of animal programs and conservation.

"Her declining condition appeared to affect her quality of life. We did everything we could but the time came when we had to make the humane decision," he said in a statement.

Her illness was not believed related to her neck condition, although results of a necropsy will not be available for several weeks, the zoo said.

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Source here.