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Mother’s Day (2016)

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Shiny Tiny Weevils

This afternoon on Twitter, Emily Graslie posted this:

I can’t get over this magnificent weevil - Eurhinus magnificus! so tiny, so shiny pic.twitter.com/a9SsoXBvDP

— Emily Graslie (@Ehmee)

September 26, 2016

Which led to this:

@Ehmee Wasn’t “Shiny Tiny Weevils” a song by REM?

— Dungeon Facts (@DungeonFacts)

September 26, 2016

I added:

@DungeonFacts @Ehmee 🎶 Shiny tiny weevils in a lab… 🎶

— Janel (@janellie57)

September 26, 2016

To which Emily replied:

@janellie57 @DungeonFacts omg hahahahha that cover needs to happen!

— Emily Graslie (@Ehmee)

September 26, 2016

Which ultimately ended in me spending an hour+ researching and writing a song about weevils to the tune of “Shiny Happy People” after I got off work.

So without further ado…

Shiny Tiny Weevils
Shiny tiny weevils eating

Living on a vine, weevil, weevil
You will grow in time, feeding, feeding
Larva in a gall, tiny, tiny
You’ll eat the plant juice until you’re an adult
With iridescent shine

Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils eating

You’ll eat some plant stems, leaf stalks, leaf stalks
Lay your eggs in them, larva, larva
You’ll live out your life, tiny, tiny
Researchers collect you to learn about you
And your iridescent shine

Shiny tiny weevils in a lab
Shiny tiny weevils in a lab
Shiny tiny weevils teaching

Whoa, here we go

Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils eating

Shiny tiny weevils in a lab
Shiny tiny weevils in a lab
Shiny tiny weevils teaching

Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils on a plant
Shiny tiny weevils eating

Shiny tiny weevils in a lab
Weevils, shiny weevils
Weevils

Sources:
http://www.famu.edu/cesta/iframeapps/Invasive_Weevil_Species/Desktop/Eurhinus_magnificus_Gyllenhal.htm
http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/beetles/Eurhinus_magnificus.htm

Acknowledgements
This song/post would not be possible without my very limited knowledge of HTML, R.E.M., @DungeonFacts, and Emily Graslie. Seriously. Check her out.