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This story is “OUT THERE”, what do you think?

CAUTION —- CAUTION, graphic language and general weirdness

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Every once in a while you run across a story that you just have no words to describe. This is that story! There is language in this story and WOW I’m having trouble just trying to write this. “Meet the man who loves the feel of bugs…

 

 

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Researchers have sequenced the Centipede genome

Strigamia maritime, a venomous and carnivorous centipede species that can be found on the coast of the Moray Firth in Scotland, has provided scientists with an insight into the evolution of myriapods (a subphylum of arthropods that includes centipedes and millipedes), a group that first evolved over half a billion years ago.

Published by PLOS Biology “The first myriapod genome sequence reveals…” this article might be easier to read “First centipede genome sequenced but scientists still grappling at multiple legs mystery

 

Dung beetles, it’s a terrible job or is it?

In one sense you are rolling around in feces but in another sense you are worshiped by Pharaoh’s. “Why pharaohs worshipped dung beetles”?

 

So the first question is – Are Dung beetles scarab beetles? At the writing of this blog, there is some contention here but I’m sure the researchers will ultimately work these details out. So right now, dung beetles are in the Family – Scarabeidae which consist of about 30,000 species.

 

The Egyptians looked at Dung beetles similar to that of the sun moving across our planet. “The sun crosses the sky, goes into the underworld and rises again” The Dung beetles roll the ball of feces, they mate and lay eggs inside the ball and then the babies hatch and come out of the ball of feces.

There is a new discovery of an insect, where you ask?

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Well it turns out to be Vietnam, and this find along with a few others doubles the number of known stick species in this region.

The Phryganistria heusii yentuensis measures 32 cm and 54 cm if its legs are extended

OK I’m going to do some math for you, I really looked it up online but 54 cm is 1 foot 9 inches. That is one awfully big stick insect…

Technology and you, what benefits are there?

How satellites are helping combat diseases spread by insects

Well to use that phrase – We’ve come a long way. Technology continues to help the cause, satellites are capable of tracking insect movements and could potentially help us to forecast diseases and they have combined it into an phone app.

So these new technology items may one day show early warning signals of the risk of epidemics etc.

Amazing!

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