Weekend Giveaway: Golem Workshop Edition! - Finished!

Hello hello! Has everyone been having fun in the new Coliseum venue? I love it, but it’s definitely challenging! For those whose teams aren’t quite ready for the Workshop, (or just haven’t had time to grind!), this week’s giveaway is a sampling of some of the nice things you can find there:

That’s 10 of the new familiars, and a sampling of the foods.♥

Rules are the same as always. Reblog once with your FR username and ID # to enter - likes makes me feel loved but don’t count as an entry. You can enter multiple names/IDs in one reblog, so long as they’re only entered ONCE - if they show up in another post I’ll ignore both entries. (So enter your friends if you like, but make sure no one else is entering them as well!) You don’t have to be following me to enter.:) Giveaway ends sometime Sunday, December 14, (Not December 7, argh! Sorry for the confusion, and thanks to everyone who pointed it out to me!), before rollover; I’ll update this post when it’s done so be sure to check back here. 

Good luck, and have a great weekend!:)

*edit* and done! Congratulations whuffprints - hope you like it all!:)
Ontario and Quebec are fighting tree-killing beetles with parasitic wasps
Wasp larva kill emerald ash borers, which have destroyed 260,000 hectares of forests in Ontario

The Canadian Forest Service announced Wednesday it is releasing parasitic wasps in Ontario and Quebec this week in an effort to control the population of emerald ash borers.

Krista Ryall, a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, told CBC News that 1,600 of the non-stinging wasps native to China are meant to combat the emerald ash borers that have killed ash trees in more than 260,000 hectares of Ontario forests.

Emerald ash borers, also a native to China, were accidentally introduced to North America two decades ago, likely through unsecured shipping crates involved with international trading, says Ryall.

The CFS says emerald ash borers kill up to 99 per cent of ash trees in infested areas, because they have no natural predators here.

“When the species was introduced to a new environment, it found no natural enemies,” says Ryall.

Not anymore, it seems.

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Synanthedon polygoni - Buckwheat root borer | ©Ryan Johnson  (Los Angeles, California)

Synanthedon polygoni, also known as Buckwheat root borer, is regarded as the most polymorphic species of Sesiidae moths. Most specimens are blue-black with various patterns of orange and red on the wings, legs, and abdomen. The degree of opacity on the wings is highly variable, and wingspan is 7-12 mm. Females and males appear very similar.

This species occurs from Chihuahua and northern Baja California (Mexico) north to Alaska [1].

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(via “Femme fatale” emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males | Penn State University)

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

Emerald ash borer has decimated the native ash tree population in the United States over the past few years, and has shown no sign of slowing down. To combat this threat to our forests, one team has apparently decided to go full tilt Terminator

The researchers – including entomologists and engineers at Penn State, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Forest Research Institute in Matrafured, Hungary, and the USDA – created the decoys using a bioreplication process with nanoscale fidelity.

If you want to find out what exactly that means, click through to read the full article. I for one welcome our new robotic beetle overlords. ~LM

Bug of the Day

Had a pretty disappointing night at the lights last night. I was actually feeling kind of depressed about it when I hit my last stop of the night and there was nothing new or big there. After standing dejectedly for a few minutes, I turned around to start cleaning up and right in front of my eyes at the light was this delightful  Maple Callus Borer (Synanthedon acerni), a clearwing moth. Woot!


Glorious Squash Vine Borer (Melittia gloriosa)

Also known as the Manroot or Big-root borer, the glorious squash vine borer is a species of Sesiid clearwing moth which occurs in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Adult glorious squash vine borers are typically active from August to September and will feed on nectar. True to their common name glorious squash vine borer larvae will bore in the large tubers of various cucurbitaceous plants. 


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Image(s): ©Jim McCulloch 

There is a forty-four year old skeleton living in Israel's closet; this year, it is armed

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There is a forty-four year old skeleton living in Israel’s closet. It is not hidden – even the United States acknowledges its existence – but it continues to decay in the rotten conditions set forth by the occupation.

It first emerged on June 5, 1967 – the Naksa, or the setback, as we call it – during which over 300,000 Palestinians were forcefully evicted from their homes in ways that mimicked the 1947-48 evictions in Palestine, the 1939 evictions in Warsaw, the late-1920s evictions in China’s Tibetan Prefecture. Self-preservation is the claim the skeleton made, but self-preservation never justifiably entail the mass removal of entire groups of people.

Just another stain in Israel’s claimed moral dedication to introducing justice to the region, that’s all.

Every year, on the anniversary of the Naksa, the skeleton makes an appearance. As millions of people worldwide gather in commemoration of those who lost their homes, their families, and their individual agencies, the skeleton scoffs at the world and defends the consequences of its soldiers’ actions.

This year, the skeleton made its expected appearance, but it came heavy with arms. The Israeli military opened fire on hundreds of Syrian nationals and Palestinian refugees protesting the perpetuation of the Naksa, leaving up to 20 dead and 325 wounded, sources say. The skeleton defended its actions, citing the group of protesters as intent on breaching Israel’s borders.

But the skeleton has put itself an unforgiving imbroglio. Questions must be asked.

Where exactly are Israel’s borders? Especially toward the north, Israel’s borders become dynamic swaths of no-man’s-land. Do the checkpoints and fortified steel fences serve as the physical border or do the territories surrounding them fall under occupation as well?

And better yet, whatever happened to the crowd control tactics the army was preparing to utilize? Days before the skeleton’s planned appearance, Israeli government authorities felt they found a solution to the inevitable protests expected to occur all along Israel’s borders. Military units skilled at maintaining order were deployed in all hot zones along with tanks that have reportedly been patrolling the Syrian border for over two weeks now. How did this strategy fail? And what does this say about the Middle East’s most powerful military?

Thousands were killed during the Naksa of 1967; thousands more in the aftermath. To that list, we must add the names of twenty or so individuals armed with nothing more than passion, polyester flags, and a functional moral compass.

May this be the skeleton’s final appearance.

Sami Kishawi


Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae)

…a  species of clearwing moth (Sesiidae) which occurs from eastern North America south into Central America. Adult M. cucurbitae will typically fly from April to November, and will take nectar from a variety of plants. Their larvae feed mainly on squash, pumpkins, and gourds Like other sesiids squash vine borers are day flying, and mimic wasps with their bright coloration.


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Image: Pollinator