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(UPI)   Amber alert: 100-million-year-old wasp last seen in company of predatory spider   (upi.com) divider line 43
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2012-10-09 12:20:21 AM
I've seen wasp vs spider. The spider got its ass kicked. Wasp just kept dive bombing it and biting legs off until it was nothing but a torso (I know spiders don't have torsos, just go with it) and carried it off. Of course the spider was in the open on my deck and not in its web.


CORVALLIS, Ore

I went to OSU. I going with date rape.
 
2012-10-09 12:36:54 AM
Date rape spiders. Spider rape cookies. Date rape apple pie spider cookies.

/this jenkum tastes weird
 
2012-10-09 01:32:16 AM

Mini Ditka: Date rape spiders. Spider rape cookies. Date rape apple pie spider cookies.

/this jenkum tastes weird


Your not supposed to *drink* it.
 
2012-10-09 01:48:47 AM
Love the "Amber Alert" reference.
 
2012-10-09 02:42:04 AM
"Both the spider and the wasp belong to species that are now extinct, they said."

Well, if they're dumb enough to get sticky, they deserve it.

Although I've seen spiders just like that under my deck. These scientists, I tells ya!
 
2012-10-09 02:49:28 AM
"Both the spider and the wasp belong to species that are now extinct, they said."

Which is fortunate given that the article neglected to mention that the spider was a foot tall and the wasp was 18 inches long. 

/Frodo I'm not...
 
2012-10-09 03:00:16 AM
That's some fast flowing tree sap.
 
2012-10-09 03:33:46 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That's some fast flowing tree sap.


Earth was warmer, atmosphere was thicker. Tree sap flows A LOT faster. Think gushing lava.

Also;

24.media.tumblr.com

I was around then, too!... stupid humans... 

/look at the username... LOOK AT IT!
 
2012-10-09 03:49:28 AM
I see what you did there before I even saw what you did there. Well crafted, subster.
 
2012-10-09 04:30:34 AM
"This was the wasp's worst nightmare, and it never ended....."

Now that's good science writing.
 
2012-10-09 04:37:44 AM
Wasps and spiders sure did look different 100 million years ago.
 
2012-10-09 04:42:42 AM
Whenever I see something like this I get a Jurassic Park flashback, and I wonder what blood is in the insects that can be used for cloning.
 
2012-10-09 05:31:06 AM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I see what you did there before I even saw what you did there. Well crafted, subster.


Came here to compliment subby as well/ Very well done and good find on tfa. Most amber contains fossilized and extinct bugs. Many people are unaware of this.
 
2012-10-09 05:39:11 AM

AbbeySomeone: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I see what you did there before I even saw what you did there. Well crafted, subster.

Came here to compliment subby as well/ Very well done and good find on tfa. Most amber contains fossilized and extinct bugs. Many people are unaware of this.


Hold on just a second. I saw Jurassic Park!

/good headline
 
2012-10-09 06:19:35 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That's some fast flowing tree sap jizz.

 
2012-10-09 07:20:54 AM
so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.
 
2012-10-09 07:36:53 AM

ParagonComplex: Whenever I see something like this I get a Jurassic Park flashback, and I wonder what blood is in the insects that can be used for cloning.


Technically the decay still happens inside the amber much like any other fossilization. Generally you are just left with a imprint of the bug inside the animal, occasionally small bits of tissue are left. There was a report of DNA extraction from amber back in 1992 but there's been some contest that it was fake.
 
2012-10-09 08:11:09 AM

You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.


That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
 
2012-10-09 08:18:27 AM
Slut.
 
2012-10-09 08:23:44 AM

Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.


spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.
 
2012-10-09 08:41:49 AM

You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.


If a spider were the size of a german shepherd it's exoskeleton would weigh too much for it to move.
 
2012-10-09 08:54:43 AM

pag1107: You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.

If a spider were the size of a german shepherd it's exoskeleton would weigh too much for it to move.


Also, I think it would have trouble breathing. I don't think book lungs scale up that well.
 
2012-10-09 08:59:03 AM

Jedekai: AverageAmericanGuy: That's some fast flowing tree sap.

Earth was warmer, atmosphere was thicker. Tree sap flows A LOT faster. Think gushing lava.

Also;

[24.media.tumblr.com image 400x300]

I was around then, too!... stupid humans... 

/look at the username... LOOK AT IT!


I was thinking maybe something else squashed the spider and the wasp, which gave the tree sap the time to swallow up the bugs (so to speak).
 
2012-10-09 09:04:50 AM

You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.


Quiet, are you mad!? If any spiders are listening in they might get some ideas. If I wake up tomorrow to a horde of millions of dog sized super-spiders marching across the land, laying waste to all who would go "eek a spider!" I will hold you responsible.
 
2012-10-09 09:08:20 AM
t0.gstatic.com

/can sympathize
 
2012-10-09 09:16:15 AM

Arkanaut: Jedekai: AverageAmericanGuy: That's some fast flowing tree sap.

Earth was warmer, atmosphere was thicker. Tree sap flows A LOT faster. Think gushing lava.

Also;

[24.media.tumblr.com image 400x300]

I was around then, too!... stupid humans... 

/look at the username... LOOK AT IT!

I was thinking maybe something else squashed the spider and the wasp, which gave the tree sap the time to swallow up the bugs (so to speak).


I was thinking the wasp got stuck in the sap then the spider thought "free meal! ... uh oh."
 
2012-10-09 09:38:19 AM
Not to nitpick on the headline, but are there spiders that aren't predatory? Seems like most of them that I've heard of feed on some sort of insect.
 
2012-10-09 09:39:20 AM
Spider vs wasp, spider seems to win.

Tree vs spider vs wasp, tree seems to win.

100 million years vs tree, 100 million years seems to win.

Internet vs 100 million years, everybody seems to win.
 
2012-10-09 09:39:30 AM
coming soon from syphi

Jurassic Spider Wasp Man, the Movie!

When a researcher tries to clone the DNA of a spider and a Wasp trapped in Amber things go horribly wrong.
 
2012-10-09 10:22:38 AM
I got trapped in Amber once. She dropped the handcuff key.
 
2012-10-09 10:45:43 AM

pag1107: You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.

If a spider were the size of a german shepherd it's exoskeleton would weigh too much for it to move.


then it would evolve web SHOOTERS. That's what evolution does.
 
2012-10-09 10:53:48 AM

cheezitmojo: Not to nitpick on the headline, but are there spiders that aren't predatory? Seems like most of them that I've heard of feed on some sort of insect.


I'd love to be the one to discover the farming spider, makes his web to trap seeds and pods and stuff to harvest later.
 
2012-10-09 11:36:37 AM

loonatic112358: coming soon from syphi

Jurassic Spider Wasp Man, the Movie!

When a researcher tries to clone the DNA of a spider and a Wasp trapped in Amber things go horribly wrong.


But there will be boobies, so it's all good.
 
2012-10-09 12:51:07 PM

MayoSlather: diff


That's because it wasn't 100 million years ago. Satan is getting more elaborate and branching from his fossil burying scheme. That devil sure is a sly one.
 
2012-10-09 12:51:59 PM

MayoSlather: Wasps and spiders sure did look different 100 million years ago.


That's because it wasn't 100 million years ago. Satan is getting more elaborate and branching from his fossil burying scheme. That devil sure is a sly one.
 
2012-10-09 01:27:59 PM
I'm waiting for the show where they reverse engineer the prehistoric spiders and find out they've learned to open doors.

/Clever girl...
 
2012-10-09 01:33:48 PM

cheezitmojo: Not to nitpick on the headline, but are there spiders that aren't predatory? Seems like most of them that I've heard of feed on some sort of insect.


I think they mean they actively hunt (like wolf spiders). Most (or at least many) spiders don't hunt, they set up traps (their nests) and wait for food to get stuck in them.
 
2012-10-09 01:34:39 PM

PhDemented: cheezitmojo: Not to nitpick on the headline, but are there spiders that aren't predatory? Seems like most of them that I've heard of feed on some sort of insect.

I think they mean they actively hunt (like wolf spiders). Most (or at least many) spiders don't hunt, they set up traps (their nestsWEBS) and wait for food to get stuck in them.

FTFM.....

Poster needs coffee badly
 
2012-10-09 04:12:32 PM

You Are All Sheep: pag1107: You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.

If a spider were the size of a german shepherd it's exoskeleton would weigh too much for it to move.

then it would evolve web SHOOTERS. That's what evolution does.


Why would it need to be big and shooty when it can be small and cute like this?

th06.deviantart.net
 
2012-10-09 06:59:08 PM
i1286.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-09 09:15:16 PM
Nice find, and excellent headline. Kudos Subz
 
2012-10-09 09:25:23 PM
Saying spiders are "predatory" is giving them too much credit. These guys just put up webs and sit back thinking "well, hopefully something wanders into this so I can eat, if not, I guess I'm done for". They're essentially 8 legged hippies. Hell, they even weave.

They sit around and wait for free food, but not just any free food. I flung a stink bug into a web on my front porch, and the little bastard just came over and ejected it. So on top of that, they're also pick. Also in their free time, which they have in abundance, they walk across the walls of my house looking creepy as hell. fark spiders.

/yes i know wolf spiders hunt apparently, I don't care, shutup.
 
2012-10-09 10:42:43 PM

You Are All Sheep: pag1107: You Are All Sheep: Free Radical: You Are All Sheep: so if this was 100 million years ago, where is the evolution? you can see those 2 bugs or pretty darn reasonable facsimilies today. They're supposed to be dinobugs or something.

That's how evolution works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

spiders are squishy. they should be armored by now. and the size of german shepherds.

If a spider were the size of a german shepherd it's exoskeleton would weigh too much for it to move.

then it would evolve web SHOOTERS. That's what evolution does.



No. No it doesn't. Not going to try to shoot holes in your argument there because you obviously have no idea what you're talking about to begin with.
 
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