July 22, 2014

Meanwhile, In China

Quite possibly less annoying than ants.

Two of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes bring us the latest in entomology news from China....

"Don't just stand there! Close the window!"
Oh. It appears they are having some minor difficulties with their discovery, so let us reassure you that these huge Dobsonflys are basically harmless. In fact, they've been know to the locals for some time and are recognized as a leading indicator of high water quality, which means that if current trends continue these magnificent animals probably won't be startling anybody for much longer. 

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1 This is another one that calls for a rocket launcher.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue Jul 22 15:42:49 2014 (+rSRq)

2 (Wikipedia check)

OK, so those giant jaws don't have the musculature behind them to hurt a human.  Too little leverage.

That's a male, though.  The females have short jaws that don't have that problem.  So, face-sized insects that bite hard enough to draw blood.

I'll just stay here in Minnesota where our winters keep the crazy insects to a manageable size.  Yellowjackets are bad enough.

Posted by: Mikeski at Tue Jul 22 19:41:39 2014 (luDkn)


Something gawdawful like this really should have been from Australia. Everything else is.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue Jul 22 20:19:55 2014 (+rSRq)

4 If we can't get rocket launchers, can we at least get that 40-foot-tall guy from the snake post and give him a big flyswatter?

Posted by: Mikeski at Tue Jul 22 22:13:41 2014 (luDkn)

5 It blows my mind that this thing can fly. And if I saw one coming, I'd want a tennis racket (which I don't own one of).

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Jul 23 11:01:15 2014 (+rSRq)

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Jul 23 15:19:53 2014 (aDkEL)

7 In retrospect, my last comment didn't go far enough.  Let me rectify that situation now.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Jul 23 15:22:52 2014 (aDkEL)

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