stingers

Hi there! This nice little bug was found in Harriman State Park, NY. Could you please identify it? I have no idea what it is.

Hello! You have yourself an Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumonidae) of some sort, if I had to guess maybe something from the genus Anomalon. Ichneumon wasps are noted for having really long ovipositors, which they use to stab into trees and inject into insect larvae inside, the young will then develop inside the insect larvae. These ovipositors are typically misidentified as stingers and while they look menacing are not used for stinging. 

Modern Izzet Stinger

Creatures (19)
4x Gelectrode
3x Goblin Fireslinger
4x Guttersnipe
4x Cinder Pyromancer
4x Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Non-creature spells (17)
3x Izzet Charm
4x Lightning Bolt
4x Curiosity
3x Rift Bolt
3x Electrolyze

Land (24)
4x izzet guildgate
12x mountain
8x island

Another magnificent show of the might Izzet League! This time we show our wonderful ability to throw small flecks of fire and lightning at things until they are dead. HAHA! Suckers never knew what hit em’. Let’s dive in, with SCIENCE!

Up first, we have our lovely Gelectrode, a wonderful creation that likes to zap our opponent and their minions over and over again as we send bolts wherever we please. A wonderful little creation indeed. 

Following an act like that, we have one of my all time favorite cards, guttersnipe. This lovely little fella just wants to watch the world burn, and goddamn do I respect that. Adding 2 damage to every spell we send at the opponents head, he makes our 1 cost bolt a 5 damage spell. If you don’t think that’s value, get out of my guild hall. 

Lastly, we have yours truly, because at heart, I truly am a pinger. Every draw step and any other time you might find yourself drawing card, you get an extra damage off. Manage to slap curiosity on me and we have ourselves a nice little combo that’ll take us home. 

Curiosity is also just a nifty little trick on any of our little pingers. We might not draw much, but that’ll fix that fast, giving us the draw power we want so badly. So enjoy the wonders of our lovely hall, and feel free to throw lightning bolts any time. And remember, have fun….with SCIENCE!

~T 

-Niv-Mizzle

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How Bees Work

In the creation story of the Kalahari Desert’s San people, a bee carries a mantis across a river. The river is wide, and the exhausted bee eventually leaves the mantis on a floating flower. The bee plants a seed in the mantis’s body before dying, and the seed grows into the first human.

The San are not the only people to include bees in their myths and stories. According to Egyptian mythology, bees were created when the tears of the sun god Ra landed on the desert sand. The Hindu love god Kamadeva carries a bow with a string made of honeybees. Bees and their hives appear in religious imagery and royal regalia in multiple cultures, and people around the world use honey and pollen in folk medicine and religious observances.

The idea that there is something divine or mystical about bees isn’t confined to religion and mythology. Until the 17th century, many people, including beekeepers, thought that bees reproduced spontaneously, without the aid of sexual reproduction. But in the 1660s, Jam Swammerdam examined a queen bee through a microscope and discovered female sex organs. Around the same time, Francesco Redi proved that maggots formed in meat only when flies had landed there. It became clear that bees and other insects reproduced by laying eggs, not by magic.

Even though they do not reproduce through autogenesis, or spontaneous generation, bees do exhibit many other traits found in stories and myths – traits that have led many cultures to view them with reverence or awe. This is particularly true of social bees, or the species that live in colonies. Social bees are organized, industrious and intelligent. They work diligently all summer in order to produce enough food to survive the winter. Social bees are clean and fastidious, and they arrange their lives around one central member of the hive – the queen.

But most bees aren’t social. They don’t live in hives or work together to support a queen. In this article, we’ll look at how social bees are different from solitary bees. We’ll also explore how bees make honey and examine the potential causes and effects of Colony Collapse Disorder.

Keep reading…