People should eat more insects.
So I was reading this story on CBS News about how people should eat more insects because they could be a valuable source of nutrients for malnourished societies and bugs’ negative impact on the environment is minimal. I thought…hmm…I have some things to say about that. This is the point where I was going to include a picture of some snack bugs or people eating creepy crawlies but I was so grossed out and uncomfortable I almost threw my computer across the room.
4:03 pm • 13 May 2013 •
TENS OF MILLIONS OF CICADAS ARE TAKING OVER THE NORTHEAST THIS SUMMER
I’m having heart palpitations. I am SO PISSED. This was going to be *my* summer, y’all. I had all my outfits planned out and my schedule of events I want to attend. But clearly I have to keep my scaredy ass in the house until August.
This is awful.
5:33 pm • 19 March 2013 •
Great, now West Nile is on its way.
I’ve already been ATE UP by mosquitoes since the end of March. I’m highly pissed with this.
Hot Weather To Bring Out Mosquitos Later This Week
June 18, 2012 1:37 PM
HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - It’s a good time to make sure you’ve stocked up on bug spray, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
A combination of a mild winter coupled with very warm and humid weather coming later this week will give a big boost to the mosquito population.
With that comes the West Nile Virus, according to Connecticut State Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis.
“I would not be surprised if we see something in the next couple of weeks, and that would also include New York City, for example, as well,” Andreadis told Schneidau. “They have already detected the virus in several locations in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey as well, and we usually fall just a couple of weeks behind them.”
Andreadis said he would not be surprised to see human cases of the virus earlier than usual.
First bees, and now this.
What kind of backswamp am I living in? I didn’t sign up for this shit. I thought I left this insect foolishness down South…
4:39 pm • 19 June 2012 •
Worst idea of the day: Beekeeping in NYC.
How did I miss this? Y’all. They made beeping legal in NYC two years ago so now there are 161 registered hives randomly strewn about the city.
A) Where do you put bees in this city? I don’t even have enough room for all my shoes.
B) Where do you send the bees off to forage or whatever you call it when they pollinate flowers or however they eat? What do bees eat? They eat nectar right? I’m trying so hard to remember Ms. Threatt’s 7th grade Life Science class, but it’s really not coming back to me at the moment.
C) WHY DO I HAVE TO PUT UP WITH BEE SWARMS IN NEW YORK CITY! Jesus Herbert Christ. Don’t we have enough roaches and mosquitoes and rats? Are we really trying to add more creepy things to these cramped little islands?
This is such a mess. Look at this foolishness I found on the Gothamist.
3:14 pm • 6 June 2012 •
Why are flies so stupid?
Big Ass Fly just walked under my door. A whole inch of space, and this fly manages to find it, crawl through, and proceed to annoy the hell outta me. Now he’s buzzing around in circles going apeshit because he’s scared I suppose. So flies have the wherewithall to panic, but not sense enough to find their way back out. Just go back under the door. But no, so I made it easier. I opened my door to let him out. He found an inch to crawl through. Should be no problem finding three feet to fly through, right?
Wrong. I’ve been dodging this fly for half an hour now. I know flies are completely harmless but I just cannot deal with things buzzing by my ear. And now my whole body is on edge and my nerves are shot and I’m jumpier than a white chick in an NFL lockerroom. My hair just fell into my ears and I screamed like a Becky in a horror film.
I live in Manhattan. Obviously I don’t appreciate nature. This is just uncalled for.
2:00 pm • 4 June 2011 •
The cicadas are coming this summer! But why?
If you live in a Southern state, you might have heard stories about the 13-year-cycle cicadas emerging this year for the first time since, well, 1998. They’ll pop out of the ground, fully grown, sing super loud, find mates, breed, and lay eggs. Then the babies will burrow into the ground and there’ll be no more of those cicadas for the next 13 years. There are also some 17-year-cycle cicadas.
But why do they cycle in such big prime numbers? It’s the best defense against predators.
Let’s say most of the predators who feed on cicadas have 2-5 year cycles. If the cicadas also had such cycles, everytime the little bugs came out to mate, they’d be wiped out by the masses of predators on the same timeclock. And if the cicadas were on a larger cycle that was divisible by a smaller number (say a 10 year cycle), everytime they came out to breed, there’d be a mass of predators on a 5 year or 2 year cycle to wipe them out again. But to get a 13 year cycle to sync up with a 5 year cycle means the cicadas would only be feasted upon every 65 years, giving them over six decades in between to rebuild their numbers.
And there’s your science lesson for the day.
3:17 pm • 19 May 2011 •