Holy Insects Of The Bible

July 1st, 2016

The blessed among us are likely already aware that the bible mentions bugs often, and even the less pious of us are likely aware of the plague of the locusts. But the bible’s references to a variety of different bugs are treated with both disgust as well as reverence.

For example, the Bible refers to ants as being wise for having no commander yet knowing well enough to gather its food in the summer. This statement is obviously born out of a time in which very little scientific studies had been done on insects considering that ants do indeed have a commander, which of course would be the queen ant. However, the ancients did know well enough to observe that ants do indeed gather food in the summer to be consumed in the winter when no food is available.

The Bible also counsels followers of Christ as to which bugs to feed on and which to avoid. Apparently winged insects with four feet are not fit for eating, except of course those insects with “jointed legs above their feet.” Who knew?

What insects have you read about in the Bible?

The Mosquito Magnet

June 30th, 2016

The person who created this invention clearly hates mosquitos. It looks like a cross between a barbecue and a motor boat, but is actually designed to catch mosquitos in your backyard. So, how do these strange contraptions work? Well, you might have already know that mosquitos are mostly able to locate their victims by sensing the carbon dioxide they exhale. What this contraption does is emits a fake “breath” of CO2 to attract the little blood-sucking vampires. Then, bugs within a radius of 1.25 acres (5,000 square meters) are sucked into the device, after which they are dehydrated…and we’re not quite sure what they want to use them for next…

Now this invention was not designed to replace mosquito nets. They are designed to be used together. Nets can still be used to protect limited spaces and block mosquitos, while the Mosquito Magnet can be used to protect larger open spaces, and will kill the mosquitos, although they have to attract them first. Use together, these two devices are potent protection against these critters.

Would you consider using the Mosquito Magnet? What do you currently use to protect larger areas against mosquitos?

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Do you find that the minute you step outside mosquitos seem to immediately zero in on your scent and come running (or flying) for a taste of your precious blood? After you return indoors, do you find bug bites all over your body…even in places couldn’t possibly have had access to? Well, don’t fret. You are in good company, as around 20 percent of people seem to be especially irresistible to these blood-sucking pests. This group of unfortunate individuals is called “high attractor types,” and scientists believe that there are some factors that contribute to how attracted mosquitos are to you.

One thing that may be drawing the attention of mosquitos is the color of your clothes. Mosquitos use sight to target their prey and dark colors such as navy and black, as well as bright ones like red make you easier to spot. Another possible factor is your blood type, which might seem rather obvious since it is your blood that mosquitos are after. Type O comes in at the top of the list, gaining twice as much attention as Type A. If you have Type B blood, you rank somewhere in the middle. Since two meals are better than one, pregnant women are particularly tasty targets. Mosquitos are also apparently hungry little lushes, as they tend to have a hankering for people who have recently drank or are drinking beer. And these are just some of the things that contribute to how tasty mosquitos will find you.

Do you fit any of these descriptions? Are you a mosquito magnet?

Beneficial Garden Insect Warriors

June 24th, 2016

When it comes to our home gardens, we often feel like it’s us against the insect world. We are lone warriors fighting a battle against a well-trained military force of insect pests. What you may not know is that there is help out there, although it comes from what may seem an unlikely place. Some of those insects that you may spot in your garden are actually on your side, willing to join forces with you to fight against the insect pests that seek to destroy your precious plants. These insect predators are only too happy to act as loyal guardians of your garden.

Who can resist smiling at the sight of the bright, happy colors of the red and black ladybug? They bring back cherished memories from childhood of catching them and watching as they trustingly meandered across the palm of our hand. You might be surprised then to discover that these seemingly sweet bugs are voracious predators of plant-eating insect pests such as aphids. Ladybugs will lay hundreds of eggs near the colonies of these insect pests, which are immediately devoured by the larvae after they hatch.

The praying mantis is an insect predator that every gardener should have in their arsenal. These bugs will gobble up just about any insect they find in their vicinity. Unfortunately, this indiscriminate palate also means they will also eat beneficial insects as well as the insects destroying your garden. If you see these guys in your garden, you’ll want to take note of where they hang out and what kind of insects they’re eating in order to decide whether they are being helpful getting rid of the pests or harmful by eating other beneficial insects.

Do you have ladybugs or praying mantises in your garden? Do you think they are helpful insects to have around?

Frankenspider: A Long Extinct Spider Walks Again!

June 23rd, 2016

An extinct spider called Paleocharinus has been recreated via digital imaging.  The extinct spider crawled the earth 416 million years ago.  These spiders are interesting because during this time most of the Earth’s species dwelled in the ocean, and the Paleocharinus was among the first bugs to walk on land.  In fact, they were about the only animal at all to walk on land during this time, which made them the species at the top of the food chain.

The team of researchers and computer graphics artists were only able to recreate the bug while walking due to how well preserved it was within a fossil.  The researchers could even make out the muscle tendons of the bug, which was instrumental in recreating how it moved and attacked other species of tiny bugs that existed at the time.  These bugs even walked much like modern spiders, but due to the creation of modern giant bugs, the life of this extinct bug was short lived.

What other extinct bugs do you know about? What were they like?

The Terminator Meets A Bug’s Life

June 22nd, 2016

In this day and age many remarkable feats of science have been accomplished.  What people fifty years ago would have sworn would always be the product of Science Fiction are now everyday realities that we take for granted.  Products like our smartphones, skype, artificial intelligence, and let’s not forget insect cyborgs.  Yes, that is correct, scientists are well at work at creating an insect that is part machine and can carry out the demands from humans operating them via remote.  But why?

These days there is much fascination given to the idea of building robots, and for a multitude of reasons.  For years scientists had looked to bugs to gain a better understanding of the mechanics involved in robot construction.  But now we are making them into robots.

Scientists are already capable of controlling a moth’s flight path with implanted electronics.  And recently a group of apparently mad scientists implanted electrodes into the muscles of beetles to control where and how they moved.  The idea behind these ethically questionable experiments is to develop ways in which people could potentially spy on other people via electric beetles.  These electric bugs could also be used for search and rescue missions to gain access to areas where people may be trapped and are inaccessible to humans themselves.  Lets hope nothing nefarious results from this; bugs are creepy enough as they are.

If you could create any type of insect robot, what would you make?

 

Creepy Crawlies Found in Cadbury Chocolate

June 21st, 2016

A mother of a 21-month-old daughter was innocently letting her daughter have a few pieces of chocolate one day when she looked down and discovered that the chocolate buttons were covered in webbing of what looked to be a silk worm as well as the worm itself. After immediately removing the infested candy from her daughter’s grasp she sent the packet of chocolate to Cadbury to be analyzed. At first the company seemed to be sympathetic and created a customer number as soon as she contacted them, as well as sent her packaging to send the infested sweets them in. She also included a picture of the insect that she has taken. After a few weeks, however, the mother received a surprising letter from the chocolatiers. They claimed that what appeared to be webbing was actually fibers from the conveyor belt the candy came off of. Understandably upset, the mother has now informed the media and wants to make sure other mothers know the danger their children could face. Cadbury still denies the claims, and say that they’ve sent her a voucher “as a gesture of goodwill.”

Have you ever found dead bugs in your food? What did you do about it?

Guy Forces Bee Invader to Watch Bee Movie with Him

June 20th, 2016

After a bee flew into the home of a Canadian prankster known as “White and Faded” on Twitter decided that a bee that invaded his home deserved some kind of punishment for its rudeness. After “White and Faded” found a bee on the floor of his apartment he took a picture of the insect crawling on his laminate tiles and tweeted it to his followers with the caption “Home invasion in progress.” A few moments later he tweeted a picture of the bee scooped up into a glass, with the caption “he mine now.”  With the invader now firmly in his grasp, “White and Faded” had to then decide what he should do with the prisoner. He decided to turn once again to social media, and started a poll on Twitter that asked his followers what he should do with the bee. They could either vote for him to free the captive or force it to watch the 2007 Bee Movie. The latter choice won out with a landslide vote of 86 percent. His last post showed the bee sitting on the keyboard of his computer supposedly watching the cartoon playing on the screen in front of it. “White and Faded” wrote “I’m watching Bee Movie with a bee.” Unfortunately, the bee did not appear to be impressed, as it apparently flew off moments later.

What would you do if you found a bee in your house?