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2013-08-19 08:03:53 PM
fc06.deviantart.net
 
2013-08-19 08:17:32 PM
well that's going to live in my nightmares.
 
2013-08-19 08:37:28 PM
I'm ok with it as long as it stays tiny.  If it gets as big as a moose, then yeah, fark that.
 
2013-08-19 08:47:08 PM

SilentStrider: well that's going to live in my nightmares.


In fairness, the insect world is full of murder junkies. I mean, look a the ladybug. Oh, yeah, it's a bumbly looking beetle, but underneath that rounded carapace is the heart of a monster. An aphid scooping beast that lives to devour, and mock the ants who might otherwise try to protect their sweet-excreting charges. Dragonflies? Buzzbombs designed to kill at high speed. Then you roll into the land of the arachnids and you find a world of biological terror that has been pretty much rolling out for 400 million years, and at one point were the top land predators. Arthropods represent up to 80% of species on the planet. And while a few of them are indeed complacent wee sap and plant munchers, most are just tiny serial killers waiting to happen to whatever gets in their way, and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.
 
2013-08-19 08:53:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-19 09:13:28 PM
The one that whips up from underneath the leaf and goes 'yoink!' is more funny than scary.

The rest, though -- yikes.
 
2013-08-19 09:57:42 PM
They could have showed us what the butterfly it becomes looks like...
 
2013-08-19 09:58:26 PM

hubiestubert: SilentStrider: well that's going to live in my nightmares.

In fairness, the insect world is full of murder junkies. I mean, look a the ladybug. Oh, yeah, it's a bumbly looking beetle, but underneath that rounded carapace is the heart of a monster. An aphid scooping beast that lives to devour, and mock the ants who might otherwise try to protect their sweet-excreting charges. Dragonflies? Buzzbombs designed to kill at high speed. Then you roll into the land of the arachnids and you find a world of biological terror that has been pretty much rolling out for 400 million years, and at one point were the top land predators. Arthropods represent up to 80% of species on the planet. And while a few of them are indeed complacent wee sap and plant munchers, most are just tiny serial killers waiting to happen to whatever gets in their way, and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.


For me the creep factor isn't that it kills to eat, that's just the way things are in the natural world. No, it's the fact that those pincers or whatever the hell look scary. Like a face crawler from the Alien movies with an exceptionally long tail or something.
 
2013-08-19 09:58:53 PM
Well I didn't really want to sleep tonight anyway.

/or ever.
//someone hold me D:
 
2013-08-19 09:59:13 PM

hubiestubert: [...] and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.


Sea snails also like to do that.
 
2013-08-19 09:59:15 PM
"Carnivorous caterpillars? In MY vagina?"

It's more likely than you think!
 
2013-08-19 09:59:16 PM
We, as a species that is causing mass extinctions of a wide range of species, are the dominant predator in all environments, and have the technological means to nearly extinguish all life on this planet...are supposed to be nightmarishly terrified of a little caterpillar?

This is a fascinating niche in the Hawaiian islands.  It is an impressive reminder of the variety that natural selection can encourage.  It is not something to inspire dread.
 
2013-08-19 09:59:51 PM

fusillade762: They could have showed us what the butterfly it becomes looks like...


Mothra, I'm guessing.  Or something very close to it.
 
2013-08-19 10:00:32 PM
Was there an image I was supposed to see, or just a giant popup asking me to sign up for something I don't care about?
 
2013-08-19 10:20:08 PM
Eh, those might be frightening if I was a fly.  The worst of the caterpillars are some of the Brazilian species that are venemous; accidentaly touching a group of them can cause potentially lethal internal bleeding.
 
2013-08-19 10:20:12 PM

hubiestubert: SilentStrider: well that's going to live in my nightmares.

In fairness, the insect world is full of murder junkies. I mean, look a the ladybug. Oh, yeah, it's a bumbly looking beetle, but underneath that rounded carapace is the heart of a monster. An aphid scooping beast that lives to devour, and mock the ants who might otherwise try to protect their sweet-excreting charges. Dragonflies? Buzzbombs designed to kill at high speed. Then you roll into the land of the arachnids and you find a world of biological terror that has been pretty much rolling out for 400 million years, and at one point were the top land predators. Arthropods represent up to 80% of species on the planet. And while a few of them are indeed complacent wee sap and plant munchers, most are just tiny serial killers waiting to happen to whatever gets in their way, and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.


Pfft.  Their larvae are way uglier and even more ravenous:

www.californiagardens.com
 
2013-08-19 10:23:11 PM
www.reactiongifs.com
 
2013-08-19 10:30:13 PM
Don't give a shiat what it is, not reading a Jesus Diaz article.
 
2013-08-19 10:31:12 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We should make a special rewrite for this particular variant.
 
2013-08-19 10:34:04 PM
Reminds me of the way your mom gobbles cock on the corner for $5 a pop.
 
2013-08-19 10:35:08 PM
One of the few instances where the headline is correct.
 
2013-08-19 10:43:10 PM
anybody have quatermass on speed dial
 
2013-08-19 10:44:12 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

HELP ME!
 
2013-08-19 10:56:15 PM
*clicks on article*


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-19 10:58:49 PM
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-19 11:02:07 PM

lordargent: Don't give a shiat what it is, not reading a Jesus Diaz article.


You've got to be in the upper .001% of nerds to recognize the author of an io9 article. You've got to be in the upper .000000001% of nerds to be snotty about it.
 
2013-08-19 11:18:01 PM
Well, I didnt need the sleep anyways...
 
2013-08-19 11:28:53 PM
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-08-19 11:30:34 PM

legendary fool: Well I didn't really want to sleep tonight anyway.

/or ever.
//someone hold me D:


There's a caterpillar that would like to hug you.
 
2013-08-19 11:34:43 PM

hubiestubert: SilentStrider: well that's going to live in my nightmares.

In fairness, the insect world is full of murder junkies. I mean, look a the ladybug. Oh, yeah, it's a bumbly looking beetle, but underneath that rounded carapace is the heart of a monster. An aphid scooping beast that lives to devour, and mock the ants who might otherwise try to protect their sweet-excreting charges. Dragonflies? Buzzbombs designed to kill at high speed. Then you roll into the land of the arachnids and you find a world of biological terror that has been pretty much rolling out for 400 million years, and at one point were the top land predators. Arthropods represent up to 80% of species on the planet. And while a few of them are indeed complacent wee sap and plant munchers, most are just tiny serial killers waiting to happen to whatever gets in their way, and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.


You da man. Bugs are fascinating.
 
2013-08-19 11:43:29 PM
My god!

They're like little bankers!
 
2013-08-19 11:49:59 PM
Don't care if they're scary loooking. Anything that eats flies, mosquitoes and roaches is fine by me.

I'm more afraid of these little bastards.

itp.lucidcentral.org
 
2013-08-19 11:55:53 PM

Old enough to know better: I'm more afraid of these little bastards.


Ooo.  Now we just need one of those things to try to eat one of these things.  It'll be horrible alien looking creature smackdown.
 
2013-08-20 12:01:27 AM
Looks like the spider pit creature that ate Andy Serkis in the 2005 King Kong.
 
2013-08-20 12:02:38 AM

Ivo Shandor: hubiestubert: [...] and barring that, laying their eggs inside the sweet insides of critters so that their young will have a warm place to sleep and munchies.

Sea snails also like to do that.


I don't think waiting for accidental human contact is much of a reproductive strategy...
 
2013-08-20 12:13:57 AM

fusillade762: I don't think waiting for accidental human contact is much of a reproductive strategy...


Meh, it's good enough for farkers.
 
2013-08-20 12:29:52 AM
Confabulat: You've got to be in the upper .001% of nerds to recognize the author of an io9 article.

I remember all of the fallout from Kotaku/gizmodo/wherever a little over a year ago and it spilled over into fark.

http://gizmodo.com/5879213/i-just-banned-jesus-diaz

Also

Google search of fark for "Jesus Diaz"

// that is all

// blah blah, forget history, blah, doomed to repeat it
 
2013-08-20 12:35:34 AM
I just saw the bit of Breaking Bad where Gus got half his face blown off. There wasn't anything of note on that page.
 
2013-08-20 12:45:24 AM

kyleaugustus: We, as a species that is causing mass extinctions of a wide range of species, are the dominant predator in all environments, and have the technological means to nearly extinguish all life on this planet...are supposed to be nightmarishly terrified of a little caterpillar?


I don't think we have that technology.  There are things living at the bottom of the ocean that feed off of highly toxic materials and small things that live underground.  It's debatable whether or not we could even kill cockroaches even if we were trying.

But yeah, we could probably kill just about everything else - if we put our minds to it.
 
2013-08-20 12:57:48 AM

kyleaugustus: We, as a species that is causing mass extinctions of a wide range of species, are the dominant predator in all environments, and have the technological means to nearly extinguish all life on this planet...are supposed to be nightmarishly terrified of a little caterpillar?

This is a fascinating niche in the Hawaiian islands.  It is an impressive reminder of the variety that natural selection can encourage.  It is not something to inspire dread.


Part of me was all 'Ewww!' The other part of me was hella impressed at the efficiency of this predator.

/also, I hate flies
 
2013-08-20 01:09:52 AM

69gnarkill69: [31.media.tumblr.com image 500x376]


wth shes not even holding it right.... why is she looking down the SIDE of the barrel????
 
2013-08-20 01:12:23 AM
Knows a thing or two about scary dangerous death worms.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-20 02:08:28 AM
*clicks on article*

Is that thing suppose to be scary? I wonder if you can eat it.
 
2013-08-20 03:19:39 AM
Ants in Hawaii eat meat. Meh.
 
2013-08-20 03:36:24 AM
Hawaiian Islands scary?  Try Skull Island

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-20 03:57:55 AM
That gif needed to be longer.
 
2013-08-20 04:02:32 AM
Chariset

The one that whips up from underneath the leaf and goes 'yoink!' is more funny than scary.

AAAAnnnnd I'm laughing too hard to post.  Great.
 
2013-08-20 04:27:44 AM
just asking (cause i dont know)
are those things related to inch worms?
 
2013-08-20 04:28:37 AM
OM NOM NOM NOM!
 
2013-08-20 04:47:44 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: Hawaiian Islands scary?  Try Skull Island

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]


AAAaaaaaah! Gawd I hated that scene.
 
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