For decades researchers have taken note of the female scorpions relatively quicker ability to strike and sting an enemy. Basically females are quicker on the draw than males, but why exactly? There have been several hypotheses as to why female bark scorpions don’t waste as much time as their male counterparts when it comes to attacking an enemy. One likely reason for their increased aggression has to do with their reduced ability to flee a threat. Naturally, if a female scorpion feels as though it cannot escape a threat, the female will have no choice but to try and fight its way out of the hostile situation.

It turns out that the differences between how male and female scorpions exhibit aggression has to do entirely with body weight. For example, female scorpions are pregnant for eighty percent of the year; therefore they cannot make quick escapes from hostile environments due to their relative heaviness. The speed at which males flee from hostile situations is, unlike females, sufficiently fast to evade danger, and thus avoid violence. As if it is not enough to be pregnant eighty percent of the year, females also cannot even count on a male for protection during their pregnant months. It’s tough for a female bark scorpion.

What types of animals does the female scorpion have to constantly fend off while pregnant?


Veterinarians have noticed a sharp increase in the amount of lungworm cases in dogs. This is due to a type of slugs known as the arion vulgaris. These slugs are native to Spain and they carry a fatal parasite that causes lungworm in domestic and nondomestic animals.

This type of slug is believed to have arrived in foreign countries through the shipments of salad leaves and pot plants as eggs. This disgusting slug is in the habit of feeding off of dog excrement and dead animal bodies, not to mention native slugs species as well as peoples’ nicely cultivated garden plants. Naturally this slug is not terribly popular in regions of the world where it is not native.

If lungworm does not result in death it can cause dogs to become paralyzed and completely unable to walk. Hopefully this type of slug will not make it to the US.

Do you think that invasive and damaging pests can be introduced to foreign countries for malicious purposes?




I don’t think there is anything more terrifying than an insect that kills you by slowly eating away at your flesh. Thankfully, they tend to prefer the taste of animals such as livestock. However, don’t think your safe just yet. In rare cases this terrifying insect will go after humans too. Experts had thought we were safe from this killer insect, as it was eradicated from the United States 30 years ago. It seems these guys are more determined and resilient than we thought, though, because they appear to be back.

The New World screwworm was found on some animals in Florida, and officials are doing everything they can to get rid of it once again as quickly as possible. Thankfully, so far no cases of the insect infecting humans or livestock have occurred. Ranchers are understandably very concerned, as an infestation can be devastating, the insect capable of killing animals in a mere two weeks. The discovery of this pest is literally “sending shivers down every rancher’s spine,” as they recall the horror stories they’ve been told of the devastation this insect caused decades ago.

Officials are planning to deal with the problem by eradicating the screwworms through a sterilization technique. Their plan is to trap and collect the insects, and then release sterilized ones out among the wild screwworms to reduce the population by breeding it out of existence. This is what originally eradicated them 30 years ago, so officials are pretty confident it will work once again. I’d still make darn sure to wear insect repellent and maybe stay inside for a while until they’ve got this thing taken care of.

Do you think using the sterilization technique will work to eradicate the screwworms today the way it did 30 years ago?

Children have a tendency to get small objects stuck in such places as ears and noses such as peas, rocks, and really anything small enough that they can shove in there. What parents don’t generally expect to find in their child’s ears is a family of worms.

When a four-year-old child began complaining of her ears hurting and itching, her parents at first dismissed her complaints as being simply over dramatic. However, when the child wouldn’t stop crying about the pain in her ears for days on end, they decided taking a trip to the hospital might be a good idea. Thank god they did take her too, since it turns out that an insect called Genus Chrysomya, attracted to her smelly, dirty ears, had climbed inside and laid 80 eggs. It should be noted that these bugs are attracted to extremely unhygienic conditions.

As the worms can cause serious damage if left to their own devices, doctors needed to immediately remove them, and they had to do it very carefully. Removing the worms was no easy task either. The worms first had to be killed so they wouldn’t move too much, which could have damaged the child’s ear bone. They had to remove the worms in two sittings. Despite the removal, however, the child’s bone and skin were still partially damaged. The amount of worms in the child’s ear indicate that she had been suffering with them for quite some time. The simple fact that the insect decided to settle in the child’s ear in the first place indicates some pretty serious negligence on the part of the parents.

Don’t forget to wash your child or children’s ears thoroughly, or you might be making a fun trip to the hospital to get worms removed as well.

What kind of negligence would encourage an insect attracted to extremely unhygienic conditions to settle in a child’s ear? Should these parents even be aloud to have children?

Zika Threat May Be A Thing Of The Past In Florida?!

The title makes a bold statement, but experts believe hurricane Matthew may have ended the Zika threat in Florida. The experts are hoping that the torrential rains and mass flooding wiped out all mosquito breeding sites in southern Florida.

The timing could not be better, as the floods came at the same time when the mosquito mating season was coming to an end. However, experts are still cautious, as the flood levels will soon decrease, allowing any left over Zika carrying mosquitoes a chance to breed. The Zika situation may even worsen as the as the flooding subsides, as many small reservoirs will form giving the Zika carrying mosquito more places to breed.

Dade County, Florida has been the hardest hit by the Zika outbreak. Twelve cases of individuals contracting Zika locally have been reported in the Wynwood sector of Miami. Hopefully, the hurricanes can bring the benefit of destroying the Zika threat in Dade County.

Do you think that the hurricane will wipe out all Zika breeding sites? If yes, then will this be enough to end the threat of Zika in Miami indefinitely?

Normally a new ant species is discovered while an entomologist is surveying a particular area of land for days on end. However, there may be a more effective way at finding different types of spiders, and of course, that would involve dissecting insect loving frogs in order to search their entrails for various insects. This idea seems even more legitimate since a new species of ant was discovered through the dissection method.

The new species of rare long toothed ant was discovered in the belly of the little devil poison frog in Ecuador. This specimen is the seventh known species belonging to a rare genus. So far nothing is known about this bugs feeding behavior, but its features are suggestive in that it possessive elongated jaws that seem well adapted to capturing predators. The scientists in charge of the study insist that there exist humane methods of finding out what the contents of a frog’s stomach are. For example, scientists plan on using a chemical that flushes all the contents from a frogs digestive tract without harm caused to the frog. It sure beats stomping around in the mud looking for new bugs.

Do you think that draining the contents of a frog’s stomach in order to find new species of insects and spiders is a feasible idea?

There is a lot of talk concerning the health benefits of omega fatty acids. Currently omega fatty acids are among the best selling dietary supplements. At the moment insects are already being used to extract protein for dietary products like protein powder. During the protein extraction process, insect oil consisting of omega threes are also extracted, but the oil is not used. Instead the oil is thrown out and wasted. Many researches are disappointed that the valuable oil is wasted, and researchers now want to determine which insects are best for omega oil extraction. Additionally, researchers want to ascertain what an insect’s diet should consist of in order to extract the highest quality omega fatty acids

Insects naturally produce saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. So far the leading researcher involved in procuring fatty acids from insects has successfully extracted the highest quality oil from mealworms, beetle larvae, crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and soldier flies. The extracted oil is not just used for human dieting purposes. The oil is also used in the production of cosmetics and cat food, and the oil extracted from insects is just as effective as fish oil and can save millions of dollars in manufacturing costs.

Would you be willing to consume omega fatty acids if you knew that the acids were procured from insects?

It has long been assumed, even among the experts, that male bumblebees are less intelligent than their female counterparts. The males are known simply as “male bumblebees” while the female bumblebees are known as the “worker bees,” and these roles are tightly regulated within a bee colony. Since the worker bees have more responsibilities to the colony than male bees, it has been assumed that the worker bees must have developed greater neural activity necessary to the varied tasks that they perform day in and day out. However, a recent study conducted at Queen Mary University of London shows that male bees can be just as smart as the female worker bees.

The study demonstrated that male bees were just as quick as worker bees at learning which flowers contain food and which ones don’t after each type of bee was trained by experts to find the flowers with food. Also, male bees and worker bees are on equal footing when it comes to recognizing color, which bees depend on constantly to differentiate objects in the environment. Unlike worker bees, the behavior of male bees does not seem to extend beyond seeking out sex, which is why the male bee has always been considered a relative dimwit next to the responsible and productive worker bees. This study is the first to suggest that this way of thinking may not be correct.

Do you think that the two pieces of evidence used in this study to demonstrate that male bees are just as smart as female bees is conclusive? Or do questions still remain and are further studies still necessary before determining the relative intelligence level of male and female bees?

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