monkey slug

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Monkey slug caterpillar, Phobetron sp.? Limacodidae by Andreas Kay
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from Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums

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August is a good time to look for caterpillars in the Mid-Atlantic, mostly because many of our species are maturing to their final molts (instars), and thus are easier to spot on leaves. One of my favorite groups of caterpillars are the slug moths (Family Limacodidae), and they are perhaps one of the more bizarre groups of caterpillars you may ever see in the US. 

As their name implies, most members of this family look more like slugs, with their heads pointed downward and hidden from view, their legs are hidden, and their prolegs (leg-like appendages appearing on the abdomen of larvae) are reduced significantly (small spines almost invisible to the eye). Many sport large spines or structures that appear alien, and some are poisonous or stinging if touched. And many are quite common on plants in your yards, parks, or fields, if you know where to look. 

I’ll be keeping an eye out for these guys, and hopefully will have new pictures to show of specimens in the future. 

Pictures above: 
Stinging rose caterpillar (red morph, Parasa indetermina)
Hag moth (Phobetron pithecium
Saddleback caterpillar (recent molt, Acharia stimulea)
Skiff moth  (Prolimacodes badia)

All species were found on Fishers Island NY, August 2015. 

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Monkey slug caterpillar, Phobetron sp., Limacodidae by Andreas Kay
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from Ecuador Megadiverso: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums

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Remember Billy Joel?

I neglected telling you guys, but he turned into a tiny tiny handsome young man!
The wing that sticks out like a shark fin is one of his hindwings that did not hook up to the forewing properly, however he could still fly. I love his yellow eyebrows and fluffy pants! I hope he made many soft fuzzy babies and had a good time!!!

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Finally getting around to posting the speed drawings I did during the @supersoulbros 24 hour stream!

These were all done in about 5-10 minutes, during whatever song SSB was playing. Check out Super Soul Bros’ music here!

This is the first of 4 posts. I’ve scheduled the rest to be posted once a day for the next three days, so stay tuned.

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Monkey slug caterpillar, Phobetron sp., Limacodidae by Andreas Kay
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from Ecuador Megadiverso: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums

Is Lockjaw a dog made into an Inhuman or Inhuman made into a dog?

In accordance to the official Marvel continuity, Lockjaw is a dog who was bestowed his special size and powers by way of the Terrigen Mists.  Yet this is a retcon and there was a time where he was portrayed as a regular Inhuman who was transformed into a dog-like form by way of the haphazard nature of the mutagenic mists.  This revelation came about when Lockjaw and The Thing tried to dissuade Quicksilver from exposing his infant daughter ti the Terrigen Mists.

The matter was later reversed and explained that Karnak had used his abilities for ventriloquism to merely make it seem as though Lockjaw was speaking.  That he is indeed a dog and was never human.

I actually prefer the current situation, that Lockjaw was originally a regular dog whose genes were in some fashion altered to make him susceptible to Terrigenic transformation.  One might ask why.  Why would they mess around with dog and Terrigenesis?  Well, why not?  A great deal of real-life scientific research is conducted on animal subjects.  Although this is often terrible, animal testing has proven an essential component in refining many crucial medicines and treatments for disease (as well as barbaric testing for such things as make-up or aftershave).  In any case, the fictional Inhuman scientists have been masters of genetic research and manipulation (for better or worse) and I could totally see one such Inhuman scientist being all like, ‘hey, I’m going to see if I can alter the genes of a canine to make him susceptible to Terrigenesis.’  With Lockjaw being the result.  

Yet the other side of the argument is equally valid.  Terrigenesis is a complete crapshoot; one can end up with terrific powers while others can really get the short end of the stick.  Poor Eldrac was transformed into a living doorway; Hub made into a giant incorporeal dynamo.  It’s certainly plausible that some unfortunate Inhuman might go through Terrigenesis and come out a monkey or slug or a giant bulldog with the power of teleportation.  It underscores just how messed up the whole process is and adds another wrinkle to the bizarre and often frightening culture of Old Attilan that a fellow citizen could be made into a dog and, well, be treated as a dog.  

But I’m interested in which version you all like best.  Do you like Lockjaw as a dog made into an Inhuman or an Inhuman made into a dog?  Let me know.  ?