January 28th, 2008

Appetizing. A Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar.

I fucking hate caterpillars.



"These bizarre-looking caterpillars darken as they grow, eventually becoming black with fleshy, scarlet protuberances. Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars feed only on plants in the genus Aristolochia (Dutchman's Pipe), and the caterpillars accumulate the powerful toxins found in these plants. These caterpillars are not only toxic, they are also foul-tasting and their scarlet coloration is a warning to hungry birds to stay away."

And as an adult:


(from this page.)
Daniel History Geek

Vehicles Mysteriously Die/Stall Near The Empire State Building

From the NY Daily News:

In the shadow of the Empire State Building lies an “automotive Bermuda Triangle” - a five-block radius where vehicles mysteriously die.

No one is sure what’s causing it, but all roads appear to lead to the looming giant in our midst - specifically, its Art Deco mast and 203-foot-long, antenna-laden spire.

“We get about 10 to 15 cars stuck near there every day,” said Isaac Leviev, manager of Citywide Towing, the AAA’s exclusive roadside assistance provider from 42nd St. to the Battery. “You pull the car four or five blocks to the west or east and the car starts right up.”

Am too lazy to make a macro.

Check out the crazy comments to the article, esp. from the one who said that the article should be forwarded to authorities for insinuating that there will be another 9/11.

x-posted to wtf_inc

I'm so tired of being lonely

Relatively so few fauna and flora are formally named after rock musicians that announcements of new species are understandably newsworthy. The most famous within the last decade or so is the Madagascar theropod dinosaur Masikasaurus knopfleri, named after former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, but three of the four Beatles (Avalanchurus lennoni, Avalanchurus starri, Struszia mccartneyi), all five of the Sex Pistols (Arcticalymene rotteni, A. viciousi, A. jonesi, A. cooki, A. matlocki), and four of the Ramones (Mackenziurus johnnyi, M. joeyi, M. deedeei, M. ceejayi) have trilobites named after them. Frank Zappa has an entire genus of New Guinea fish named after him (we aren't even going to bring up the two asteroids 3834 Zappfrank and 16745 Zappa into the conversation, because Frank was a well-loved guy), and anyone wanting to do a quick search on rock stars and binomial nomenclature will come across mites named after James Brown, midges after the Grateful Dead, and now a whirligig beetle named after Roy and Barbara Orbison. It's just a matter of time before someone names a nematode after Gibby Haynes.