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Toxic Toupee:  Explaining the Nation’s Most Toxic Caterpillar

by Carrie Arnold

No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly toxic but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.

Young children from Florida to North Carolina are reporting excruciating pain after coming into contact with the most venomous caterpillar in the U.S., the furry puss caterpillar aka "asp" , the larva of the Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis), according to news reports. Some have petted the insect; others have been injured when the caterpillars fell onto them from trees.

The puss caterpillar got its name because it resembles a cuddly house cat, said University of Florida entomologist Don Hall. While these insects may look soft, their outer comb-over (which some have compared to a toupee) hides small, extremely toxic spines that stick in your skin…

(read more: National Geographic)

photos: George Grail, National Geo

(Also see “Scat-Firing Caterpillars Elude Predators.”)

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Elbaite Tourmaline - Skardu, Pakistan

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Stinkbug eggs

Stinkbugs (Hemiptera - Pentatomidae) often lay their eggs in clumps. Individual eggs are glued not only to each other but also to the leaf on which they are left. The delicate projections may aid, like snorkels, in respiration.

Technique: Colored Scanning Electron Microscope image.

Photo credit: ©Martin Oeggerli

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Crystal of Fluorite 
Coll and Photo
Bruno Marello
ex Lorenzo Maza

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The new season is about gymnastic and rap battles, I’m so hyped !

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Herkimer Diamond and Dolomite on matrix - St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York, USA

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The sequined (or mirror) spider has silvery patches covering its abdomen. Because the speckles reflect and scatter light, they may make the spider harder for predators to see. Amazingly, the patches with change in size depending on the spider’s level of agitation.

Image credit: Andrew Ker

Thwaitesia nigronodosa (Theridiidae)

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A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck planets, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the ocean oozed out of Earth’s interior layer.



That’s where the lizard people live


mind blown


I just wanna point something out.

You know how you always see those pictures of the strange types of fish that live in the deep, deep sea?

like this one

or this one

and this one

If any and if possible imagine what the fish look like in the DEEP, DEEP sea. 

I’m smelling a million dollar creepy story. 

Looks like we found Cthulu. Goddamn humankind, what hell with be wrought on us.


Not quite…the water is stored in rock…it’s an ‘ocean’ in the volume of water stored… not a literal ocean.

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