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  • Had never heard of these Killer Hornets until seeing something on the news over the weekend. They found the nest by putting a tracking collar on one of the hornets. lol

    'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose

    The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists. The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose.

    The invasive species insects, known as "murder hornets", have a powerful sting and can spit venom. They target honeybees, which pollinate crops, and can destroy a colony in just a matter of hours.

    The nest in Washington was found when entomologists, scientists that study insects, used dental floss to tie tracking devices to three hornets. The nest of around 200 insects was then discovered in the city of Blaine close to the Canadian border.

    On Saturday, a crew of scientists wearing protective suits vacuumed the insects from the tree, which will now be cut down to remove any further nests.

    Asian giant hornets are among the world's largest wasps - the queens can reach over 5cm (2in) long. Their venomous sting can penetrate humans' protective clothing but the number of people they kill each year is low - about 40 annually in Asia, according to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.

    Normally their natural habitat is in areas of Asia from China to Japan, but in 2019 there were several sightings of single "murder hornets" in North America. A nest was destroyed in Vancouver Island in Canada in December last year.

    Globally, conservationists are deeply concerned about falling insect populations. But it can be permissible to kill some insects if they are an invasive species - one that is not native to an area and preys on other insects there.

    Honeybees are under threat due to loss of food after habitat destruction, pesticides, and disease.

    When an Asian giant hornet enters a honeybee colony, it begins a "slaughter phase" in which it kills bee after bee and can destroy the colony in a few hours.

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    • Mount Rainier’s first wolverine mama in a century is a sign of the species’ comeback
      Last edited by Legacy; 10-26-2020, 07:55 PM.

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      • Several lifetime banned members of IE spotted in Montana.
        All were packin'.

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        • Originally posted by Old Man Mike View Post
          Several lifetime banned members of IE spotted in Montana.
          All were packin'.
          What brought you out west old man Mike? Trying your hand at being Leo in The Revenant?
          Based Mullet Kid owns

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          • That's pretty cool. Hopefully this is the beginning of a positive trend.

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            • poor little guy

              <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">They found a small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, he hitched a ride all the way to NYC and is now being treated and cared for at a wildlife rehab facility. <a href="https://t.co/f4PkBm6MGo">pic.twitter.com/f4PkBm6MGo</a></p>&mdash; Allison Esposito Medina (@techladyallison) <a href="https://twitter.com/techladyallison/status/1329133725779628033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

              The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
              Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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              • Poor little guy is right. It had to be terrified during his first road trip.

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                • The circle of life can be savage.

                  Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                  • This is pretty cool. Thousands of sea turtles stunned by the cold blast in Texas were pulled from the Gulf to help them survive. Saw a clip on TV where the floor in a large room was completely covered with turtles.

                    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...n-texas-island

                    https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...es-texas-navy/

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                    • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                      This is pretty cool. Thousands of sea turtles stunned by the cold blast in Texas were pulled from the Gulf to help them survive. Saw a clip on TV where the floor in a large room was completely covered with turtles.

                      https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...n-texas-island

                      https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...es-texas-navy/
                      I'm not sure this is a great idea. I get that those doing it mean well, and if this was a critically endangered species I might concede that that it was better than letting them go extinct. I wouldn't have a problem with it if they were victims of an oil spill or some other disaster that we were directly responsible for. This, however, is a natural phenomenon where nature should probably just be allowed to run its course. Rescuing all those turtles is preventing nature from weeding out the ones least capable of dealing with extreme weather. That's how nature improves the overall fitness of the species and makes them capable of surviving the next cold snap: by removing the least cold-tolerant ones from the breeding population and leaving those most able to endure it to produce the next generation. I don't think this is a horrible thing the turtle rescuers are doing, but it's not helping in the long run.
                      Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                      • Man, can someone in this story at least show a little concern for the human being that got shot as opposed to the dogs? We live in a strange world sometimes.

                        https://www.usatoday.com/story/enter...es/6815779002/
                        I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.

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                        • HVAC guy came out to work on the heat pump. Found this frog fried by a jolt of 220. Guess he was looking to stay warm and it didn't work out so well.

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                          • https://i.imgur.com/MbUcjwI.mp4

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                            • [TWITTER]https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1364531716996620291?s=20[/TWITTER]

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                              • That's crazy. I'm surprised it could even see.

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