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(Science Daily)   Underworld worm, walking cactus creature, blue tarantula, and sneezing monkey. No, they're not enemies in a trippy new video game, they're four of the animals you'll see on the new species Top 10 list   (sciencedaily.com) divider line 19
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2012-05-23 06:36:20 PM
Are you sure those arn't band names?!?
 
2012-05-23 08:07:24 PM
A walking cactus, you say?

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2012-05-23 08:31:43 PM
I watched that vid of the wasp, I can't believe how tiny that thing is. And it's such a dick.
 
2012-05-23 08:37:15 PM
 
2012-05-23 08:37:44 PM
Lobopods are awesome in their weirdness and I'm honestly excited to see a new one.

That is all.
 
2012-05-23 08:42:22 PM

Arthur Prefect: I watched that vid of the wasp, I can't believe how tiny that thing is. And it's such a dick.


The official UFIA wasp.
 
2012-05-23 08:54:20 PM
 
2012-05-23 09:20:59 PM
Mad props to the guy that got to name a worm H. Mephisto. If I ever change my name (the real one, not my Fark one), it'll be Hector Mephisto, Esq.

Wandering Leg Sausage will be my new name for something else.
 
2012-05-23 09:26:55 PM
They're team names from the "Legends of the Hidden Temple" reboot.
 
2012-05-23 11:16:23 PM
Walking cactus?

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2012-05-24 01:44:38 AM

Arthur Prefect: I watched that vid of the wasp, I can't believe how tiny that thing is. And it's such a dick.


And yet, there are wasps much, much smaller, some so small you can't see them. Fig wasps, for example: Every species of fig has a species of tiny wasp that pollinates it, and without which it can't reproduce. It's not a given that every single fig you eat has them, but many or most do. (And no, they don't produce that slight grainy crunch; they're too small to notice even when you eat them.) Or meal wasps (sometimes called flour wasps), which parasitise the meal worms that would otherwise end up in your grains. If you're lucky enough to have your kitchen invested them with, you'll never have a problem with meal worms. And you'll never see them or even know they're there.

My favourite wasps, though, are some of the biggest ones: cicada killers. They have to be huge so that they can take cicadas and carry them away. But they're docile and wary of humans, and apparently don't bite us (though it's thought that they could). Males don't even have stingers. David Attenborough demonstrated for one his shows that their instinct to pick up tiny pepples to cover their brooding holes is so great that they'll snatch them from you hand.

If you're looking for truly mean wasps, though -- as well as seriously horrible beasts generally -- look no further than the Asian giant hornet. These are some truly bad mofos. Their favourite hobby? Wiping out entire hives of honeybees, just to steal the larvae for food. (Although one species of honeybee has developed an effective smothering defence.) They are fast (25 mph, up to 50 miles) and aggressive, and use pheromones to summon reinforcements. The stinger is 1/4" long and smooth, so they can (and will) sting multiple times, each time injecting more venom. The sting is described as being like a hot nail, and the venom contains a neurotoxin that can kill a grown man in sufficient doses. They kill around 40 Japanese every year. (In typical form. Pravda reported that they also shoot flesh-melting acid at the eyes. The shooting at the eyes thing is a myth, but for what it's worth, the venom does have a *slight* flesh-eating effect.)
 
2012-05-24 01:58:41 AM
Underworld worm?
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2012-05-24 02:30:57 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: If you're looking for truly mean wasps, though -- as well as seriously horrible beasts generally -- look no further than the Asian giant hornet. These are some truly bad mofos. Their favourite hobby? Wiping out entire hives of honeybees, just to steal the larvae for food. (Although one species of honeybee has developed an effective smothering defence.) They are fast (25 mph, up to 50 miles) and aggressive, and use pheromones to summon reinforcements. The stinger is 1/4" long and smooth, so they can (and will) sting multiple times, each time injecting more venom. The sting is described as being like a hot nail, and the venom contains a neurotoxin that can kill a grown man in sufficient doses. They kill around 40 Japanese every year. (In typical form. Pravda reported that they also shoot flesh-melting acid at the eyes. The shooting at the eyes thing is a myth, but for what it's worth, the venom does have a *slight* flesh-eating effect.)


Truly horrifying critters, but you have to admire the bees' defense against them; they surround the wasp in a ball and flap their wings and vibrate, raising the internal temperature of the ball sufficiently to cook the wasp to death. That ain't bad, though it probably doesn't help in the overall scheme of things.
 
2012-05-24 03:08:42 AM
New species! HAH!

Take THAT, Creationists!
 
2012-05-24 05:28:18 AM
Pokey approves. What a walking cactus creature may look like

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2012-05-24 08:26:24 AM
species.asu.edu
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He's been reborn
 
2012-05-24 09:01:44 AM
That'ssss a nice sssspeciesssss... it'd be a ssssshame if anything happened to it.
 
2012-05-24 10:01:10 AM

Geeves00: He's been reborn


Yup
 
2012-05-24 11:21:21 AM

lyndsayj: Pokey approves. What a walking cactus creature may look like


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