Today I found out that the Jewel Wasp, also known as the Emerald Cockroach Wasp, is a parasitic wasp that injects various mind controlling toxins into a cockroach…
No, these aren’t wasps - they’re moths!
Members of the moth Family Sesiidae (clearwing moths) are wasp mimics, and often incredibly good ones. The easiest way to tell them apart is by the body scales (frequently there are tufts at the tail-end of the abdomen) and thickened antennae. Clearwing moths are day-fliers and can sometimes be encountered nectaring at flowers, but rarely come to lights at night.
The mimicry affords them protection from some daytime predators. The caterpillars bore through the woody stems or roots of plants, and can sometimes be significant crop pests - a familiar one to home veggie gardeners might be the Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae). These ones are Western Poplar Clearwing (Paranthrene robiniae), which target poplars, willows and birches throughout the west.
photo by stonebird on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
every single child who has ever been home sick from school knows the hell that is Baby Looney Tunes
I got to meet Miles at a convention last summer. Not some kid in a costume. But Miles.
There’s this kid at our booth. I’d guess around 11 years old. He had been by the booth solo a couple times already. This time he had an adult.
“This one dad. This is the new Spider-Man.”
“Uh, huh.” his dad was singularly unimpressed with Spidey.
“No dad see,” and he points to one where Miles has the mask off, “He’s half black and half Mexican.” the kid is just beaming.
Dad starts to smile. This is about when a lady walks up, she puts her arm around dad and the kid says hi to mom.
Here’s the thing. This kid’s dad is Hispanic and mom is black. Miles was literally showing him he could be Spider-Man.
This isn’t me wanting to grow up and be Storm. This isn’t me wanting to be Captain America. Those are characters that are like me, kind of. But I have tons of characters that are “just like me”. That’s my white girl privilege.
Miles, beyond being a super awesome Spider-Man is a super awesome role model. This is a character that says, you exist AND you can be a hero.
Miles is the reason I am so passionate about representation in comics. Because I saw that little boy’s face and the pride in having himself matter enough, his family matters enough, to be shown in comics.
The kid and I had a lovely chat about Miles and how awesome he was. His dad asked for info on the comics so he could try & find the back issues for his son. It is pretty much my best memory of that convention.
I started reading Miles because I was interested in a different take on Spidey. I kept reading because Miles is AWESOME. I will continue reading so that kid keeps being able to see himself in the pages of a comic.
This doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t change anything at all.
i need to lie down
#THIS #THIS SCENE IS SO IMPORTANT #JGHGJFHGJ #THEY HAD A DATE #THEIR FIRST DATE #THEY HAD CHIPS #THEIR FIRST CHIPS #AND THEN HE CHANGED #BUT ROSE LEARNS TO DEAL WITH IT #AND THEN SHE REMINDS HIM OF THEIR FIRST DATE #AND SHE HEARS HIM CHUCKLE #AND ANSWER #WE HAD CHIPS #AND THEN ROSE IS FINALLY SURE IT’S HIM #AND THEY START TO HAVE A NEW ADVENTURE (via ohmytardis)