And here is the real surprising science (via xkcd, CC-BY 2.5):
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Mishpocha BloomsDay! (from Mish’s Posse)
…and don’t forget the mariposas nocturnas! The Papilio ulysses is a butterfly, not a moth. Happy Pappy’s Day too, to ALL fathers!
Up for a Joycean challenge? Read: Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy…
(h/t to word of the day, mishpocha, and to Bloomsday)
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‘Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The disease caused by the mites is called varroatosis.’ (from Wikipedia)
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The Friday moth wears a Cheshire grin; might it be that they are kin? Check out that tricksy, showy tick trefoil, such bounty from our topping soil… Take a peek at the larva too: Bug Guide: Tortricidae, larva - Grapholita fana; photography by M.J. Hatfield
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Today’s moth for National Moth Week resembles Thor’s Mjölnir…
(h/t to Plume Moth Pterophoridae of America, by D.L. Matthews)
English: Specimen of Plume Moth Family Pterophoridae. Probable genus Crombrugghia. Location Somerset West, South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Recent moths. (martinstownwildlife.wordpress.com)
- The beauty of Moths (parentalstyle.wordpress.com)
- Moth (witchsweb.wordpress.com)
- We Have a Visitor! (thesilkwormstakehalifax.wordpress.com)
- Giant moth sets hearts aflutter in Windsor (metronews.ca)
- No Wonder Thor Is Ripped. He Prancercises. (kotaku.com)
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White Wednesday. It’s Moth Week…
Check out the Virginia Tiger moth. According to its Wikipedia entry it is very poisonous.
(h/t to Vibrio fischeri, who isn’t scary; alas, I know but diddly-squat about them.)
What I find fascinating is the chemical conversations our own multilingual bacteria have. Since the number of bacteria cells in our bodies outnumber the human cells by 10 to 1, it’s a boon that they can use their ‘esperanto’ to tell each other things. Here is an interesting talk I came across: How Bacteria Communicate -TED; “You think of yourselves as human beings, but I think of you as 99 percent bacterial.” Bonnie Bassler)
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To Make a Canoe
To make a canoe you need a corrugated iron sheet. You can nick one from a building site.
You probably shouldn’t.
Also an Outspan orange crate.
Blue fencing wire off the farmer’s fence. Some nails.
You lie the sheet over a ditch and jump on it until it has the right shape. You flatten the ends of the plate with a rock. Nail the nose seam of the boat shut onto a piece of wood.
Tar pitch: that we scrape off the roads on hot days, when it’s soft. It smells sharp. This you need to seal the holes. You can melt it more in a tin on a fire.
If you’re lucky, the canoe will float. With two of us in it, it might sink.
It is heavy.
You have to spread gravel in front of it to slide it on down to the river bank. Or, wait for it to rain, so it can slide on the red mud and into the bulrushes. We never waited, but sometimes it rained just in time. Woosh.
I once crossed the entire breadth of the Silverton River in full flood in a canoe we built.
The best thing is when you paddle yourself into the umbrella of the weeping willow, lie on your back in your own-made canoe, and stare up through the canopy, where the finch nests swing.