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  • Liberians Flee Caterpillar Invasion

    07/01/2014 12:07:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    All Africa ^ | 23 JUNE 2014 | JENNIFER LAZUTA
    Thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Liberia following an invasion of caterpillars - which have overtaken houses and schools, destroyed crops and contaminated water sources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says these attacks are becoming more frequent in Liberia and the government needs to put in place an early warning system to stop the invasions from reaching such catastrophic levels. Residents of at least 25 villages and towns in the forested areas of Lofa and Gbarpolu counties have been fleeing en masse since early June to escape the trail of excrement that the caterpillars...
  • Important: Dems mad at RNC chief for comparing women to caterpillars or something

    04/05/2012 10:05:10 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 5, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    How pathetic is this? Pathetic enough that even TNR can only shake its head sadly at the lameness of the contrived involved outrage. Alternate headline: “Blogger shifts from beer to hard liquor to cope.” HUNT: Let me ask you this. The Democrats of course say you are waging, the GOP is waging a war on women. I know you don’t agree with that, but looking at the polls, you have a gender gap problem. Recent polls show a huge, huge margin for Democrats among women voters. How big a problem is it? How do you close it? PRIEBUS: Well, for...
  • Caterpillars stop train in China

    06/02/2011 8:19:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Caterpillars stop train in China Tags: caterpillars, News, train, World, Oddly enough, China Jun 2, 2011 00:48 Moscow Time Caterpillars. Photo: EPA In the north of China a train ground to a halt due to hordes of caterpillars crossing the railroad tracks in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The freight train was forced to slow down first, and then stop for three hours. According to Xinhua agency, the caterpillars had covered about a kilometer of the tracks. The train was able to move only after road workers resorted to shovels and brooms to clear the rails from this unexpected impediment....
  • Caterpillars invade Tampa Bay!

    03/09/2011 9:25:07 AM PST · by Daffynition · 38 replies · 1+ views
    WTSP.com ^ | March 9 2011 | Laura Kadechka
    Largo, Florida -- Depending on who you talk to, those little caterpillars hanging on the edge of the long, silky threads are either pretty cool or disgusting. "I think it's kind of gross," said 6-year-old Mace Morris as he played with his brothers at Largo's Eagle Lake Park. Photos: Caterpillas invade Tampa Bay The green and yellowish caterpillars are hanging from just about everything...off the playground equipment, off the trees and even off of cars and people if you happen to get in the way. "I feel like they're climbing on me. They're hanging on trees, they're hanging off of...
  • Row at US journal widens - Three papers caught up in journal probe of (peer) review process.

    10/11/2009 9:15:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,207+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Lynn Margulis.Javier Pedreira A dispute between the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and an academy member has put the fate of three studies in question. In the wake of rows over a controversial paper published by the journal online in August — but not in print — two additional papers linked to the same academy member are now in limbo.Last month, PNAS editor-in-chief Randy Schekman wrote to academy member Lynn Margulis, a cell biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, asking for "a satisfactory explanation for [her] apparent selective communication of reviews" for...
  • Thousands of marauding caterpillars trap car in silky web

    06/04/2009 11:55:28 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 37 replies · 1,866+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 28, 2009
    Most drivers would be delighted if their car came with a silk-lined interior. Whether it's such an appealing prospect on the outside is another matter. This is the sight that greeted one unlucky motorist when he returned to his vehicle in Rotterdam. Under a giant silk cocoon created by an army of caterpillars, the shape of a Honda is just about visible. The car was mistaken as food by spindle ermine larvae, which had already begun to strip a nearby tree of its leaves. Spindle ermines weave silk webs to protect themselves from birds and wasps, allowing them to gorge...
  • Belgian troops deployed to battle marauding caterpillars

    06/01/2007 12:23:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 958+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgian troops are preparing to battle an invasion of hairy caterpillars which can provoke allergic reactions in humans, authorities announced Friday. From Monday, a contingent of 24 soldiers will take part in the fight against the well-organised creepy-crawlies, called procession caterpillars because of their habit of marching in lines. They will join forces with firefighters, civil protection officers and private firms already doing battle against their tiny foes. For the last two weeks several communes in Limburg have been invaded, with pedestrians, cyclists, outside workers and school children among the victims. Authorities said that some 20 communes...
  • Meat-Eating Caterpillar; It hunts snails and ties them down

    07/31/2005 5:51:47 PM PDT · by furball4paws · 85 replies · 1,494+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 7/23/05 | S. Milius
    A snail eating caterpillar is described. It hunts down snails, ties them down with silk and devours them. "Such oddball lifestyles tend to develop in isolated ecosystems where there's a limited variety of creatures, as in Hawaii. "There's more room for evolutionary experimentation," says Gillespie. For example, Hawaiian insects evolved without ants as predators or competitors for food."
  • Hungry caterpillars - Massachusetts being devoured - One species is sated; 3 still ravaging leaves

    06/21/2005 4:12:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 1,932+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2005 | Megan Tench
    ......................''It's a very huge outbreak," Joseph Elkinton, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said yesterday. ''The main thing going on is winter moths. Most of the defoliation you see on the South Shore and on Cape Cod is winter moths, and that caterpillar has finished its feeding." ......The infestation is not as severe in the Boston area as it is to the south, and it is not quite as bad as in the 1980s, when gypsy moth caterpillars were more widespread and were found everywhere from sidewalks to screen doors. Robert Childs, also an entomologist at UMass-Amherst,...