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  • Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon

    01/04/2018 8:37:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Univesre TOday ^ | 4 Jan , 2018 | Mat Williams
    The mission will consist of a relay orbiter being launched aboard a Long March 5 rocket in June of 2018. This relay will assume orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange Point, followed by the launch of the lander and rover about six months later. In addition to an advanced suite of instruments for studying the lunar surface, the lander will also be carrying an aluminum alloy container filled with seeds and insects. “The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and...
  • Are The Fried Locusts In My Taco Kosher?

    12/27/2017 1:45:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Forward ^ | December 27, 2017 | Ilan Ben Zion
    The beady eyes in my taco glare back amid the citrus salsa and avocado, and peek out from behind a leaf of cilantro. The first bite is crunchy, and faintly nutty, like toasted corn — if toasted corn came with six legs and a pair of wings. Before long I’m popping individual fried locusts into my mouth like peanuts. But this isn’t a street stall in Oaxaca, Mexico. I’m in my Jerusalem apartment and my girlfriend is having a conniption over the pile of disembodied grasshopper legs I’ve left on the chopping board in the kitchen. Over the phone, my...
  • Finnish bakery Sells 'World's First Insect Bread' Made From Crickets

    11/24/2017 7:45:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 11/24 | Harriet Pavey
    It's said to be richer in protein than regular loavesA Finnish bakery has launched what it claims to be the world’s first insect-based bread, made from crushed crickets. Helsinki-based bakery Fazer made the bread using flour ground from dried crickets. Each loaf contains about 70 of the insects, combined with wheat flour and other seeds. At £3.55 (€3.99) a loaf, it is slightly more expensive than a regular wheat loaf which usually sells for about £2 (€2.24). Due to a limited supply of crickets, the insect-bread will initially only be sold in 11 Fazer bakery stores in Helsinki, but the...
  • ‘I’m not usually scared:’ Exterminator fought monstrous hornet nest for 45 minutes, video shows

    11/24/2017 7:13:52 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 65 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 24, 2017 | Jared Gilmour
    He was well protected by a beekeeping suit, and armed with a shovel to hack away at the monstrous hornets’ nest. “We got here, what I would say, is the granddaddy of all hornets’ nests,” Jude Verret, a Louisiana exterminator, said as he headed into a shed in Patterson, La., to clear a nest of Europan Yellow Jackets. Beyond physical protection, Verret must have been armed with quite a bit of courage, given the sheer size of the nest — and the million or more hornets he said were swarming around inside.
  • Cuba Says Cicadas Are Behind the 'Sonic Attacks' That Injured U.S. Diplomats in Havana

    10/27/2017 12:24:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Government Executive ^ | October 27, 2017 | Tim Fernholz
    The US pulled the bulk of its diplomats from Cuba in September, blaming attacks on its staff that caused hearing loss and concussions. Cuba has denied any involvement, and now it is offering a counter-explanation: The alleged “sonic attacks” are coming from cicadas and crickets.
  • 'I'd burn the house down if I saw this': The creepy creature terrorising Australia [tr]

    10/24/2017 5:14:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2017 | Daniel Peters
    Footage of a mysterious moth-like insect flexing its pulsating tentacles has whipped the internet into a frenzy. The creature, which is found across Asia and Australia, appears to have the body of a moth with four tufted tendrils sprouting out of its abdomen. Many social media users were left terrified after seeing the other-worldly insect, with one person declaring: 'I'd burn the house down if I saw this.' Creepy creature terrorising Australia – but what is it?
  • ‘Island Of Fire Ants’ Discovered In Houston Flooding

    08/28/2017 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 131 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | August 27, 2017 10:41 PM
    One danger evacuees and first responders are dealing with along with the flooding in Houston is fire ants. Islands of fire ants! CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca tweeted a photo from Houston as the ants formed a protective island in the high water. According to, fire ants can exist in colonies of up to 250,000 workers and will sting intruders repeatedly. Fire ants feed on animal or vegetable sources of food according to the web site. No reports yet of anyone getting bitten by fire ants. Tropical Storm Harvey continues to head back toward the Gulf of Mexico at...
  • Would you eat a burger made from INSECTS? Mealworm-based food line set to hit grocery stores in...

    08/15/2017 9:24:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    Full headline: Would you eat a burger made from INSECTS? Mealworm-based food line set to hit grocery stores in Switzerland next week Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, announced it would begin selling an insect burger, and insect balls, based on protein-rich mealworm. ... Swiss food safety laws were changed last May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle. These insects, long used in animal feed, must be bred under strict supervision for four generations before they are considered appropriate for human...
  • Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

    03/24/2017 3:22:21 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 March 2017 | Alan Yuhas
    In two rooms of Charles and Lois O’Brien’s modest home in Tucson, Arizona, more than a million insects – a collection worth an estimated $10m – rest in tombs of glass and homemade shelving. They come from every continent and corner of the world, gathered over almost six decades; a bug story that began as a love story. He remembers the roaches fondly – “I fed them and they helped me eat” “It was sort of an Indiana Jones life for Charley,” Lois said. “It’s been a wonderful life for me
  • A Horrifying List of Creatures That Can Crawl Into Your Body

    02/17/2017 4:08:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | Erika Engelhaupt
    First, let’s clear something up about recent reports of a live cockroach pulled from a woman’s skull. It was technically in her skull, between her eyes—but if you stick your little finger in your ear, that’s technically in your skull too. More precisely, the roach had crawled into her sinuses. In a video that has gone viral, the roach is seen wriggling through pink flesh and eventually being pulled live from the Indian woman’s sinuses, after entering her nose while she slept. M.N. Shankar of Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India, confirmed to National Geographic in an email that...
  • Tiny Moth Named for President-Elect Donald Trump

    01/17/2017 7:56:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Mindy Weisberger, Live Science
    A miniscule moth with a wingspan of just 0.4 inches is the first species to be named for the soon-to-be president of the United States, Donald Trump. Yellow and white scales topping the moth's head resemble Trump's signature hairstyle, inspiring the name Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, wrote evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari, a researcher from Ottowa, Canada, in a new study. The moth's habitat extends from Southern California in the U.S. through Baja California in Mexico. The wall that the president-elect has proposed building along the border between the two countries could divide that stretch. Nazari discovered the new species while examining moth...
  • These 'crazy ants' love to munch on cellphones and TVs. Are they headed your way?

    12/06/2016 7:38:53 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    the new stribune ^ | 6 Dec 2016 | BEN GUARINO
    Although the insects are so named for their swarming maneuvers, the term is equally apt for the damage they inflict on the human psyche. For reasons not fully understood, the ants are found in large numbers near electrical equipment and wall sockets. Cellphones and television sets have succumbed to the ant swarms, and the insects damaged electronics in a Houston-area industrial park... Like the infamous fire ant, the crazy ant is a South American native that made its way to the Lone Star state. The animals do not coexist peacefully. The crazy ant – despite its less painful venom –...
  • Watch a Giant Spider Drag a Mouse

    10/25/2016 7:03:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 24, 2016 | Brian Clark Howard
    Just in time for Halloween, video has emerged from Australia that may chill your blood. Facebook user Jason Womal uploaded video of a giant spider dragging a mouse. "So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 [12:30 am] and me neighbour says, 'You want to see something cool,'" Womal wrote. "So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse."
  • What Was the Biggest Insect That Ever Lived?

    10/18/2016 12:13:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/15/2016 | Liz Langley
    So when our friend Doug Rhodehamel wondered, “What’s the largest insect that ever lived?” Weird Animal Question of the Week went hunting for giants, past and present. We found some ancient behemoths, some lovely ones, and some that could pass for Halloween decorations. A Big Bug’s Life Imagine a dragonfly so big its wings could block your 27-inch TV screen. The largest insect fossils ever found are griffinflies and giant dragonflies, says Matthew Clapham, a paleobiologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subtle anatomical differences separated the two groups. With wingspans that could reach 27 inches, the largest known...
  • Is Obama biblical ‘Lord of the Flies?’ Prophesy sites have field day with president’s insect moments

    01/25/2013 6:50:59 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 51 replies
    Klein Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM — Prophesy sites are having a field day with President Obama getting worldwide attention for sparring with a fly yesterday. News media reports document how Obama has somewhat of a larger history of attracting flies during multiple recorded interviews and speeches. Already, religious and other sites are using the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “lord of the flies.” As Obama yesterday nominated two new members of his second administration it was a swarming fly that stole the show. “This guy is bothering me here,” said...
  • Anyone for protein-rich insects and seaweed snacks?

    09/01/2016 7:10:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | September 1, 2016 | Jamie Ball
    “We are the only species that exhibit disgust in this way,” Mike Gibney, professor emeritus of food and health at University College Dublin (UCD), says about the odds of western consumers eating less-traditional protein sources through this resource-strained century. While our energy needs are largely served by carbohydrates, without protein, there would no growth, maintenance or repair of our body tissue. And, in the coming years, a global shift from resource-intensive, animal-sourced proteins to more sustainable marine and plant-based sources is on the cards, both for our health and that of the planet. But could seaweed and protein-packed insects prove...
  • 'Horrific' First Amphibious Centipede Discovered

    06/28/2016 11:26:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2016 | Mary Bates
    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water—look out for giant, swimming centipedes! Scientists have recently described the world’s first known amphibious centipede. It belongs to a group of giant centipedes called Scolopendra and grows up to 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) long.
  • Edible bug industry hopes crickets and kin are the next sushi

    05/27/2016 9:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ben Klayman
    Just like raw tuna is a favorite of foodies everywhere, Robert Nathan Allen foresees a day when crickets will make their way onto consumers' plates. A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries. They envision pancakes made with cricket flour or falafel chocked full of mealworm goodness will be just as desirable as sushi.
  • Remote-Controlled Insects Could Replace Drones

    03/31/2016 6:06:36 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 21 replies ^ | 31 Mar 2016 | Ben Kew
    Cyborg beetles could become an alternative to drones, as scientists have revealed they can remotely control insects with cybernetic implants. Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are now testing the use of real insects which they can control remotely. “Unlike man-made legged robots for which lots of tiny parts, sensors and actuators are manufactured, assembled and integrated, the insect–computer hybrid robots directly use living insects as nature’s ready-made robot platforms,” the researchers wrote in the journal Royal Society Inferface. The beetles are fitted with electrodes in specific parts of their legs, optic lobes, and flight muscles which can...
  • Should You Eat Bugs?

    01/20/2016 10:48:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 19, 2016
    Insects like crickets, mealworms, ants and caterpillars are being touted as one of the hottest culinary trends. Should these crawly critters be part of your diet? Nutrition Facts Many insects contain a plentiful dose of protein, plus some healthy carbs and fat. Two tablespoons of cricket flour (available online and in some health food stores) contains 55 calories and more than 7 grams of protein; it also contains vitamin B12 and minerals like iron and zinc. The Hype While insect consumption is more common in some countries, it’s a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. But here in the States,...