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10 Incredible Close-Up Photos of Bugs
weather ^ | 26 May 13 | David Joback

Posted on 05/26/2013 5:06:45 AM PDT by SkyPilot

Fly

Jumping Spider

And with babies

Aphids

Dragonfly

Woodlouse

Nosy Beetle

Longhorn Beetle

Praying Mantis with prey

Spider

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: insects; photography
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1 posted on 05/26/2013 5:06:45 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

All that happened randomly, ya know.


2 posted on 05/26/2013 5:08:54 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SkyPilot

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Run away, run away!!!!!


3 posted on 05/26/2013 5:10:38 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: SoFloFreeper
I was thinking the same thing.

Look at the incredible detail and design.

And so.....the slime, which appeared in the ancient ocean, must have been sparked by an electrical storm, which mutated into the first carbon based life form. From there, all it took was billions upon billions of mutations.....and from the there the process of natural selection created the diverse life forms that we know today....somehow.....forming different species by the millions....because of the billions....and billions of year......of....time....which is all you really need......just billions of years......and then it all comes together.....in the cosmos.

4 posted on 05/26/2013 5:14:09 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: freepertoo
Awwww.....I think the Jumping Spider is kind of cute.


5 posted on 05/26/2013 5:15:17 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

The Mantis and the dragonfly can stay.

I’m getting out the can of Raid for everything else.

Except in the case of the spider, in which case I may follow up the can of raid with taking off and nuking the site from orbit.

I don’t really like spiders. Can you tell?


6 posted on 05/26/2013 5:22:30 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: SkyPilot; SWAMPSNIPER

Photog ping.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 5:23:47 AM PDT by randita
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To: SkyPilot; mickie
The stuff by which nightmares are made.....

Leni

8 posted on 05/26/2013 5:26:18 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Say Hey Trey!..........You're Hittin' Homers Every Day!)
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To: SkyPilot
The amazing thing is they all have a job and they know what it is and it has been our job to figure it out....and we still know sh**. We're just too vain to admit it.

Look at the reduction in the bee population...

We had grasshoppers galore around here when I was a kid....No more...

9 posted on 05/26/2013 5:26:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SkyPilot

Kinda puts evolution in the “dumb” category.


10 posted on 05/26/2013 5:27:15 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SkyPilot

Back in 1966 I was taking out the trash. I felt an exrutiating pain on the top of one of my forearms and there was this gray jumping spider. They are the one spider I can’t tolerate to this day. They are also darned hard to kill. The way they move creeps me out.

But they are the one spider I will attempt to kill every time I see one.


11 posted on 05/26/2013 5:28:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SkyPilot

12 posted on 05/26/2013 5:30:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SkyPilot

Yuk...get the Raid!


13 posted on 05/26/2013 5:32:55 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: SkyPilot

He has cbs-logo eyes.

:-)


14 posted on 05/26/2013 5:33:20 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: SkyPilot

Not as scary as this:


15 posted on 05/26/2013 5:33:26 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: DemforBush

“...in which case I may follow up the can of raid with taking off and nuking the site from orbit.”

It’s the only way to be sure...


16 posted on 05/26/2013 5:38:08 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SkyPilot

Engineered by a mind so great, He knows every hair of my head. He knows the end from the beginning. He inhabits eternity and He is the lover of my soul... He has a son, Jesus... I love that man, He is my God!!!


17 posted on 05/26/2013 5:38:54 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Night Hides Not
Not as scary as this:

Or as venomous, either.

18 posted on 05/26/2013 5:42:52 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: SkyPilot
Pretty amazing how these staggeringly complex creatures evolved by random chance. < /s>

Scientists are just beginning to create insect-sized flying robots. But as someone with a degree in mechanical engineering, I can tell you that such machines are a simplistic joke, compared to the insects captured in these photographs, which are countless orders of magnitude greater in complexity.

And notice that the scientists are using their intellects in attempting to imitate these magnificent creatures, rather than the random chance method.

19 posted on 05/26/2013 5:44:29 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Sacajaweau
Kinda puts evolution in the “dumb” category.

Along with anybody who still believes in it...

The big lie which is being promulgated by evolutionites is that there is some sort of a dialectic between evolution and religion. There isn't. In order to have a meaningful dialectic between evolution and religion, you would need a religion which operated on an intellectual level similar to that of evolution, and the only two possible candidates would be voodoo and Rastafari.

The dialectic is between evolution and mathematics. Professing belief in evolution at this juncture amounts to the same thing as claiming not to believe in modern mathematics, probability theory, and logic. It's basically ignorant.

Evolution has been so thoroughly discredited at this point that you assume nobody is defending it because they believe in it anymore, and that they are defending it because they do not like the prospects of having to defend or explain some expect of their lifestyles to God, St. Peter, Muhammed...

To these people I say, you've still got a problem. The problem is that evolution, as a doctrine, is so overwhelmingly STUPID that, faced with a choice of wearing a sweatshirt with a scarlet letter A for Adulteror, F for Fornicator or some such traditional design, or or a big scarlet letter I for IDIOT, you'd actually be better off sticking with one of the traditional choices because, as Clint Eastwood noted in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

God hates IDIOTS, too!

The best illustration of how stupid evolutionism really is involves trying to become some totally new animal with new organs, a new basic plan for existence, and new requirements for integration between both old and new organs.

Take flying birds for example; suppose you aren't one, and you want to become one. You'll need a baker's dozen highly specialized systems, including wings, flight feathers, a specialized light bone structure, specialized flow-through design heart and lungs, specialized tail, specialized general balance parameters etc.

For starters, every one of these things would be antifunctional until the day on which the whole thing came together, so that the chances of evolving any of these things by any process resembling evolution (mutations plus selection) would amount to an infinitessimal, i.e. one divided by some gigantic number.

In probability theory, to compute the probability of two things happening at once, you multiply the probabilities together. That says that the likelihood of all these things ever happening, best case, is ten or twelve such infinitessimals multiplied together, i.e. a tenth or twelth-order infinitessimal. The whole history of the universe isn't long enough for that to happen once.

All of that was the best case. In real life, it's even worse than that. In real life, natural selection could not plausibly select for hoped-for functionality, which is what would be required in order to evolve flight feathers on something which could not fly apriori. In real life, all you'd ever get would some sort of a random walk around some starting point, rather than the unidircetional march towards a future requirement which evolution requires.

And the real killer, i.e. the thing which simply kills evolutionism dead, is the following consideration: In real life, assuming you were to somehow miraculously evolve the first feature you'd need to become a flying bird, then by the time another 10,000 generations rolled around and you evolved the second such reature, the first, having been disfunctional/antifunctional all the while, would have DE-EVOLVED and either disappeared altogether or become vestigial.

Now, it would be miraculous if, given all the above, some new kind of complex creature with new organs and a new basic plan for life had ever evolved ONCE.

Evolutionism, however (the Theory of Evolution) requires that this has happened countless billions of times, i.e. an essentially infinite number of absolutely zero probability events.

And, if you were starting to think that nothing could possibly be any stupider than believing in evolution despite all of the above (i.e. that the basic stupidity of evolutionism starting from 1980 or thereabouts could not possibly be improved upon), think again. Because there is zero evidence in the fossil record (despite the BS claims of talk.origins "crew" and others of their ilk) to support any sort of a theory involving macroevolution, and because the original conceptions of evolution are flatly refuted by developments in population genetics since the 1950's, the latest incarnation of this theory, Steve Gould and Niles Eldredge's "Punctuated Equilibrium or punc-eek" attempts to claim that these wholesale violations of probabilistic laws all occurred so suddenly as to never leave evidence in the fossil record, and that they all occurred amongst tiny groups of animals living in "peripheral" areas. That says that some velocirapter who wanted to be a bird got together with fifty of his friends and said:

Guys, we need flight feathers, and wings, and specialized bones, hearts, lungs, and tails, and we need em NOW; not two years from now. Everybody ready, all together now:
OOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

You could devise a new religion by taking the single stupidest doctrine from each of the existing religions, and it would not be as stupid as THAT.

But it gets even stupider.

Again, the original Darwinian vision of gradualistic evolution is flatly refuted by the fossil record (Darwinian evolution demanded that the vast bulk of ALL fossils be intermediates) and by the findings of population genetics, particularly the Haldane dilemma and the impossible time requirements for spreading genetic changes through any sizeable herd of animals.

Consider what Gould and other punk-eekers are saying. Punc-eek amounts to a claim that all meaningful evolutionary change takes place in peripheral areas, amongst tiny groups of animals which develop some genetic advantage, and then move out and overwhelm, outcompete, and replace the larger herds. They are claiming that this eliminates the need to spread genetic change through any sizeable herd of animals and, at the same time, is why we never find intermediate fossils (since there are never enough of these CHANGELINGS to leave fossil evidence).

Obvious problems with punctuated equilibria include, minimally:

1. It is a pure pseudoscience seeking to explain and actually be proved by a lack of evidence rather than by evidence (all the missing intermediate fossils). Similarly, Cotton Mather claimed that the fact that nobody had ever seen or heard a witch was proof they were there (if you could SEE them, they wouldn't BE witches...) This kind of logic is less inhibiting than the logic they used to teach in American schools. For instance, I could as easily claim that the fact that I'd never been seen with Tina Turner was all the proof anybody should need that I was sleeping with her. In other words, it might not work terribly well for science, but it's great for fantasies...

2. PE amounts to a claim that inbreeding is the most major source of genetic advancement in the world. Apparently Steve Gould never saw Deliverance...

3. PE requires these tiny peripheral groups to conquer vastly larger groups of animals millions if not billions of times, which is like requiring Custer to win at the little Big Horn every day, for millions of years.

4. PE requires an eternal victory of animals specifically adapted to localized and parochial conditions over animals which are globally adapted, which never happens in real life.

5. For any number of reasons, you need a minimal population of any animal to be viable. This is before the tiny group even gets started in overwhelming the vast herds. A number of American species such as the heath hen became non-viable when their numbers were reduced to a few thousand; at that point, any stroke of bad luck at all, a hard winter, a skewed sex ratio in one generation, a disease of some sort, and it's all over. The heath hen was fine as long as it was spread out over the East coast of the U.S. The point at which it got penned into one of these "peripheral" areas which Gould and Eldredge see as the salvation for evolutionism, it was all over.

The sort of things noted in items 3 and 5 are generally referred to as the "gambler's problem", in this case, the problem facing the tiny group of "peripheral" animals being similar to that facing a gambler trying to beat the house in blackjack or roulette; the house could lose many hands of cards or rolls of the dice without flinching, and the globally-adapted species spread out over a continent could withstand just about anything short of a continental-scale catastrophe without going extinct, while two or three bad rolls of the dice will bankrupt the gambler, and any combination of two or three strokes of bad luck will wipe out the "peripheral" species. Gould's basic method of handling this problem is to ignore it.

And there's one other thing which should be obvious to anybody attempting to read through Gould and Eldridge's BS:

The don't even bother to try to provide a mechanism or technical explaination of any sort for this "punk-eek"

They are claiming that at certain times, amongst tiny groups of animals living in peripheral areas, a "speciation event(TM)" happens, and THEN the rest of it takes place. In other words, they are saying:

ASSUMING that Abracadabra-Shazaam(TM) happens, then the rest of the business proceeds as we have described in our scholarly discourse above!

Again, Gould and Eldridge require that the Abracadabra-Shazaam(TM) happen not just once, but countless billions of times, i.e. at least once for every kind of complex creature which has ever walked the Earth. They do not specify whether this amounts to the same Abracadabra-Shazaam each time, or a different kind of Abracadabra-Shazaam for each creature.

I ask you: How could anything be stupider or worse than that? What could possibly be worse than professing to believe in such a thing?

20 posted on 05/26/2013 6:00:08 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: SkyPilot

My in-laws, from years ago!


21 posted on 05/26/2013 6:02:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SkyPilot

It has eyes for ya!


22 posted on 05/26/2013 6:06:15 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: SkyPilot
I once had a preying mantis, in the nature center where I worked, enclosed in a tank for the public to see. I would give the mantis a supply of 10 crickets for food weekly. After that supply was eaten by the mantis I would bring in another ten crickets.

The third week into the summer I left for a few days off after re-supplying the mantis with another ten crickets. I came back a few days later and found the preying mantis torn to pieces, and the crickets chirping happily.

What comes around, goes around I guess.

23 posted on 05/26/2013 6:10:49 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SkyPilot; SWAMPSNIPER

Nice ...


24 posted on 05/26/2013 6:11:59 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: varmintman

I wouldn’t “believe” in evolution as a static theory. We shouldn’t pretend to know how any of it works at this point. Our job is to continue gathering evidence and let that do the talking.

There’s pretty convincing evidence that birds (let’s use your example) came from dinosaurs. They likely didn’t have to reinvent themselves. Dinosaurs already had light bone structures; some had feathers and many other bird like qualities. I agree that it’s highly unlikely they just *poof* generated the necessary organs for flight if they didn’t previously exist.

Scientists and others get themselves in trouble when they begin to take theories whether it is evolution, creationism or even global warming too seriously. They begin to refer to things as “matter of fact” and turn these issues into a religion. Let’s just keep making discoveries and see where it takes us.


25 posted on 05/26/2013 6:30:30 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

There actually are flavors of junk science which are relatively harmless. Evolution is not one of those. Evolution was the main philosophical corner stone for Nazism, Communism, and the various eugenics programs; it is a flavor of junk science with 200,000,000+ dead bodies to its credit. We need to get rid of it.


26 posted on 05/26/2013 6:37:44 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: SkyPilot

Impressive


27 posted on 05/26/2013 6:54:18 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: varmintman

One also supposes that if evolution was a reasonable explanation, it wouldn’t recognize perfection. All of today’s insects would still be undergoing changes. With the thousands of varieties, one of them, at any time should be morphing new abilities or shedding limiting traits. Yet we’re unable to find the one that heralds an improved version of current model year.


28 posted on 05/26/2013 7:21:59 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: SkyPilot

I clicked on this thread, knowing full well I had no business doing so, and I deeply regret it, LOL.


29 posted on 05/26/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: SkyPilot

30 posted on 05/26/2013 7:29:16 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SkyPilot
Photos of Bugs
There's only one "Bugs" ...


31 posted on 05/26/2013 7:38:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SkyPilot

32 posted on 05/26/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SkyPilot

Eewww, creepy, scary. Time to don the boots.


33 posted on 05/26/2013 7:49:12 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: SkyPilot

It takes a super lens to do that!


34 posted on 05/26/2013 7:50:12 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SkyPilot

Jumping spiders are cool, and many are really cute. When we find them in the house, we either leave them alone or help them outside (in warm weather).


35 posted on 05/26/2013 7:54:09 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: varmintman

M4L


36 posted on 05/26/2013 8:08:52 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Fresh Wind

I can look at close ups of bugs, but this really really creeps me out.


37 posted on 05/26/2013 8:09:56 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: SkyPilot
Jumping spiders are the best!


38 posted on 05/26/2013 8:10:02 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: SkyPilot

Cute until is jumps on me, then it’s dead!


39 posted on 05/26/2013 8:10:47 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: SkyPilot
Awwww.....I think the Jumping Spider is kind of cute

That picture makes it look like he has pupils, makes him seem intelligent.

40 posted on 05/26/2013 9:05:21 AM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: DemforBush
I've always been fascinated by the intricately frail yet flight-worthy design of the dragonfly's wings:

One of the most intricate designs in nature!

41 posted on 05/26/2013 9:07:38 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Night Hides Not
LOL. Moochelle the Black Widow.

I heard a rumor she is doing coke. Great. Such a role model.

42 posted on 05/26/2013 9:09:55 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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43 posted on 05/26/2013 9:11:05 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SoFloFreeper

Are you saying that a compound eye could not evolve over 16 billion years? You must not be a scientist. /s


44 posted on 05/26/2013 9:14:35 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: oh8eleven

Definitely not the meanest-looking, but DEFINITELY one that has left a lot of pain and suffering in people that messed with him.


45 posted on 05/26/2013 10:06:35 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: varmintman

You write for “The Big Bang Theory,” don’t you? ;)


46 posted on 05/26/2013 10:46:46 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: Pride in the USA
Ping for some amazing close-up bug photos. photo fly_zps3ffc828b.gif
47 posted on 05/26/2013 11:24:31 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: martin_fierro

#32 was pretty good.


48 posted on 05/26/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: varmintman

That was an amazing post. Are you a genius or something?


49 posted on 05/26/2013 11:57:56 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Insects have to be small.

If they weren’t they’d devour everything faster than nature could replace it.


50 posted on 05/26/2013 12:11:26 PM PDT by Wuli
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