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2012-03-26 10:29:38 AM
chinese needle snakes.... gorillas... winter...
 
2012-03-26 10:29:49 AM
Florida can DIAF.
 
2012-03-26 10:31:02 AM
Brain eaters? They're safe.
 
2012-03-26 10:31:31 AM
Nothing can be worse than fire ants.

Fark those evil bastards.
 
2012-03-26 10:32:30 AM
It seems that people have gone down this road before...

/When do we find out that the brain-eating flies eat something vital in the food chain, leading to a decline in a useful moth, 3 types of birds that rely on that moth for food, and whatever eats those birds.

//Or the fly eats something cute, like butterflies.
 
2012-03-26 10:32:47 AM
But I don't know why she swallowed a brain-eating fly...
 
2012-03-26 10:33:30 AM
Uh yeah, we're here about the brain eating fly problem....

infernolab.com
 
2012-03-26 10:33:30 AM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-03-26 10:35:15 AM
...U.S. Department of Agriculturescientists will be..
...sting all once...


I think the article writer was stung by brain-eating flies.
 
2012-03-26 10:35:18 AM
Fire ants will develop the ability to fly in order to escape the flies.
 
2012-03-26 10:36:13 AM
www.unitedpassports.com

Fark that hell hole.
 
2012-03-26 10:41:32 AM
Fight fire with fire.
 
2012-03-26 10:43:23 AM
I was going to say, couldn't we just skip right to the Gorillas part.
 
2012-03-26 10:44:30 AM
Article is somewhat BS. They don't all sneak up on you and sting at once, they start biting as soon as they find anything to bite. Trust me on this one.

They are kind of cool, though. You can lightly brush a piece of grass sticking out of one of their mounds, and within a few seconds, the mound is black with tiny ants looking for the invader. Sometimes you can just pass a shadow over the mound and they react.

/Used to love to terrorize them.
 
2012-03-26 10:48:46 AM
"In floods, they will form a ball of ants around the queen and float, with a constant exchange of ants at the bottom so they don't drown, and swarm suddenly onto whatever building or animal they bump into."

/FFFFFFUUUU
 
2012-03-26 10:49:47 AM
www.homedepot.com
I don't know what Anthrax powder smells like, but I imagine it's similar to this nasty stuff.
 
2012-03-26 10:51:37 AM

Galloping Galoshes: Sometimes you can just pass a shadow over the mound and they react.


Old ant yells at cloud?
 
2012-03-26 10:52:26 AM
Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.
 
2012-03-26 10:54:31 AM

Xythero: "In floods, they will form a ball of ants around the queen and float, with a constant exchange of ants at the bottom so they don't drown, and swarm suddenly onto whatever building or animal they bump into."

/FFFFFFUUUU


No shiat. That sentence is terrifying.
 
2012-03-26 10:55:25 AM

JimmyFartpants: [www.homedepot.com image 300x300]
I don't know what Anthrax powder smells like, but I imagine it's similar to this nasty stuff.


This.
 
2012-03-26 10:57:43 AM

Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.


Been to Orlando once, Tampa once, and Miami briefly a couple times before boarding the cruise ship ... never again ... the only thing in Florida are old people in Crown Vics, crazy Hispanic people, and a general contempt for acting in a civilized manner.

I believe Jeremy Clarkson was correct when he said there are actually places there where people have starting mating with vegetables ...
 
2012-03-26 11:01:38 AM

Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.


Dude, Florida's still not gonna sleep with you.
 
2012-03-26 11:04:07 AM
When I was about three years old I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. One day I was outside throwing rocks around in the desert. I must have disturbed a nest, because the next thing I know my legs are on fire. farking fire ants had swarmed all over me.

Thirty years later ants still creep me out.
 
2012-03-26 11:06:41 AM

Mayor Bee: Galloping Galoshes: Sometimes you can just pass a shadow over the mound and they react.

Old ant yells at cloud?


No, they'll fight with God.
 
2012-03-26 11:41:33 AM

seadoo2006: Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.

Been to Orlando once, Tampa once, and Miami briefly a couple times before boarding the cruise ship ... never again ... the only thing in Florida are old people in Crown Vics, crazy Hispanic people, and a general contempt for acting in a civilized manner.

I believe Jeremy Clarkson was correct when he said there are actually places there where people have starting mating with vegetables ...


The trick to Florida is to avoid the urban areas
 
2012-03-26 11:41:40 AM
Why does this story make me want to listen to Exodus?
 
2012-03-26 11:48:23 AM
FTA: Pest control companies, for whom red imported fire ants had been a reliable moneymaker, say service calls have plummeted.

Great, more job killing. Way to go, Fartbongo!!
 
2012-03-26 11:54:16 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoridae#Control_of_fire_ants

"Eventually, the larvae completely devour the ant's brain, causing it to do nothing but wander aimlessly for approximately two weeks. After about two to four weeks, they cause the ant's head to fall off by releasing an enzyme that dissolves the membrane attaching the ant's head to its body. The fly pupates in the detached head capsule..."

Can this be mutated to feast on human Floridians? If so, how long would it take for any difference to become noticeable?
 
2012-03-26 11:55:41 AM

Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.


They're old people. The only people who want to move to Florida are those who are physically unable to live anywhere else.
 
2012-03-26 12:02:49 PM

oldsbone: It seems that people have gone down this road before...

/When do we find out that the brain-eating flies eat something vital in the food chain, leading to a decline in a useful moth, 3 types of birds that rely on that moth for food, and whatever eats those birds.

//Or the fly eats something cute, like butterflies.


Actually that is the useful thing about insect parasites. There are so many parasitic wasps and flies that one specifically adapted to the target can be chosen. there are about 110 documented species of ant-decapitating fly.

They may have a taste for some native ants too, but they're just one more predator where there are already native predators. The real impact is going to be on the target species which is merrily reproducing without control. And likely displacing the native species anyway.

A prolific parasite of cabbage butterflies would be welcome.
 
2012-03-26 12:12:39 PM

JimmyFartpants: Nothing can be worse than fire ants.

Fark those evil bastards.


Right. People up North cannot possibly know what a dangerous scourge these ants can be. They aren't actually ants, but a wingless wasp. They have a stinger and will latch onto your skin with their jaws, turning round and round stinging multiple times. The sting is quite painful and itches intensely for days Each bite will develop a pustule. They are very aggressive. Imagine hundreds or thousands of them attacking at once. A large attack will leave you rather ill and they can kill young children. They are a menace to agriculture and can destroy entire crops, if not checked. And they are resistant to many pesticides. We learned very young to identify and avoid their mounds. Of course identification isn't hard is some areas, since the mounds can grow to four feet in height and house several million ants.
 
2012-03-26 12:23:44 PM
Sounds familiar.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-03-26 12:59:09 PM

The One True TheDavid: "Eventually, the larvae completely devour the ant's brain, causing it to do nothing but wander aimlessly for approximately two weeks. After about two to four weeks, they cause the ant's head to fall off by releasing an enzyme that dissolves the membrane attaching the ant's head to its body. The fly pupates in the detached head capsule..."

Can this be mutated to feast on human Floridians? If so, how long would it take for any difference to become noticeable?


As biobot pointed out, "no brains to eat." The flies will starve.
 
2012-03-26 01:05:48 PM

Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.


community.secondlife.com
 
2012-03-26 01:06:12 PM
It's not a fly, it's a type of wasp, and this program began over ten years ago in south carolina.
 
2012-03-26 01:10:18 PM
DNRTFA Apparently a different program. SC has still been at it for a while. I remember when I first heard about it I was thinking 'dint australia try something like this with cane toads?' but so far it seems to be alright.
 
2012-03-26 01:26:36 PM

fatalvenom: Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.

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Because it's farking cold where they live, that's why. Many places in Florida almost empty in the summer. The Yankees go home, because it's too hot for them.

Then there is the phenomenon called "halfbacking". This is when Yankees retire to Florida, can't stand the place, hate the high taxes, etc. and move half-way back up north.
 
2012-03-26 01:59:12 PM

JackieRabbit: Because it's farking cold where they live, that's why. Many places in Florida almost empty in the summer. The Yankees go home, because it's too hot for them.

Then there is the phenomenon called "halfbacking". This is when Yankees retire to Florida, can't stand the place, hate the high taxes, etc. and move half-way back up north.



I understand why they come, I just kinda wish they wouldn't.
 
2012-03-26 02:03:06 PM

fatalvenom: Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.

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Weather and Disney. Per ratio of wtf stories Florida has well earned the tag for the people.
 
2012-03-26 02:21:22 PM
Phorid flies also represent a new and hopeful means by which to control fire ant populations in the southern United States, where fire ants were accidentally introduced in the 1930s. The genus Pseudacteon, or ant-decapitating fly, of which 110 species have been documented, is a parasitoid of the ant in South America. Members of Pseudacteon reproduce by laying eggs in the thorax of the ant. The first instar larvae migrate to the head. The larvae develop by feeding on the hemolymph, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue in the head. Eventually, the larvae completely devour the ant's brain, causing it to do nothing but wander aimlessly for approximately two weeks.[7] After about two[8] to four[7] weeks, they cause the ant's head to fall off by releasing an enzyme that dissolves the membrane attaching the ant's head to its body. The fly pupates in the detached head capsule, requiring a further two weeks before emerging. Various species of Phoridae have been introduced throughout the U. S. Southeast, starting with Travis, Brazos, and Dallas counties in Texas, as well as Mobile, Alabama, where the ants first entered North America

OK I dont know what is more scary, but i have to ask: does it make anyone else nervous that the ant doesn't stop when the brain is gone?
 
2012-03-26 02:29:45 PM

davidab: OK I dont know what is more scary, but i have to ask: does it make anyone else nervous that the ant doesn't stop when the brain is gone?


Sort of.

Consider this: if you chop of an octopus' tentacle, then place a tasty morsel next to it, the tentacle will grasp the food and move it to where the mouth would be if it were still attached.
 
2012-03-26 03:01:00 PM

fatalvenom: JackieRabbit: Because it's farking cold where they live, that's why. Many places in Florida almost empty in the summer. The Yankees go home, because it's too hot for them.

Then there is the phenomenon called "halfbacking". This is when Yankees retire to Florida, can't stand the place, hate the high taxes, etc. and move half-way back up north.


I understand why they come, I just kinda wish they wouldn't.


Really. A lot of them have come to my area in recent years. Now I'm seeing a bumper stickers that say "We don't care how you did it at home!"
 
2012-03-26 05:05:35 PM

Fish in a Barrel: When I was about three years old I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. One day I was outside throwing rocks around in the desert. I must have disturbed a nest, because the next thing I know my legs are on fire. farking fire ants had swarmed all over me.

Thirty years later ants still creep me out.


When I was four, my parents and I just moved south of Jacksonville, FL. I was exploring the woods w/ a friend, and slipped down the bank of a creek through a fire ant colony. They covered me and gave me hundreds of bites. Not fun!
 
2012-03-26 05:14:31 PM

JackieRabbit: Really. A lot of them have come to my area in recent years. Now I'm seeing a bumper stickers that say "We don't care how you did it at home!"



Some people I know around here have stickers like that on their cars. One of my favs is:

"If you think everything is better in NY, take I-95 NORTH"
 
2012-03-26 05:41:43 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Consider this: if you chop of an octopus' tentacle, then place a tasty morsel next to it, the tentacle will grasp the food and move it to where the mouth would be if it were still attached.


That's cause octopus tentacles have their own ganglia for local control, so the main brain doesn't overload trying to control 8 arms.
 
2012-03-26 06:16:36 PM

laurens: DNRTFA Apparently a different program. SC has still been at it for a while. I remember when I first heard about it I was thinking 'dint australia try something like this with cane toads?' but so far it seems to be alright.


And this program in Florida is not new either. I've heard about it for going on 10 years now.
 
2012-03-26 06:18:19 PM

seadoo2006: Pick: Florida is NOT a hell hole. If it is, then why do all you folks from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio keep coming down here? I guess it's not as bad a hell hole as your own states.

Been to Orlando once, Tampa once, and Miami briefly a couple times before boarding the cruise ship ... never again ... the only thing in Florida are old people in Crown Vics, crazy Hispanic people, and a general contempt for acting in a civilized manner.

I believe Jeremy Clarkson was correct when he said there are actually places there where people have starting mating with vegetables ...


Fine. We don't want you anyway, Dick.
 
2012-03-26 07:29:43 PM
No joke...self-rising corn meal is very cheap and works wonderfully...just pour it in a circle around the mound. Takes a bit longer, but worth the wait, seeing as you don't spend lots of bucks and poison your other animals. I've used it for years.
 
2012-03-27 04:20:48 AM
Well, I see a Florida tag here, so I'd say that after the ants are gone the brain-eating flies will all just die of starvation.
 
2012-03-27 10:44:51 PM
The Crazy Hairy Ant might have something to do with the decline. I thought I saw an article that mentioned that they were causing a decline in the fire ant population.
Link (new window)
People hate the Crazy Hairy Ant even more. It's like the movie Phase IV
Insert : "I for one welcome our ant overloads!"
been in Brownsville Texas and have seen the fire ants and the larger trail cutting ants they have there - Glad I live in Michigan
 
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