why are there so many mosquitoes

280 days of Urbpandemonium #154

When someone asks, as they always eventually do, “why do mosquitoes exist?,” they’re really asking another hidden question. Because mosquitoes exist for the same reason all organisms exist: evolution provided adaptations to fit the available energy sources. Blood-suckers suck blood because blood is a liquid that can be sucked–the alternative is flesh-eating. Which is worse?

The hidden question is this “Is the natural world in balance?” The answer of course is no. Humans have proved to be so adaptable in such a short time, that we have thrown the entirety of the rest of the natural world out of kilter. We have spread to every corner of the globe, bringing our food animals with us. We have created vast climate-controlled structures to live in. We have dug deep into the earth to find energy trapped in hydrocarbons that have held onto it for millions of years, and released so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we have changed the atmosphere and climate of the planet forever.

One of the most mundane activities of humans–the selling of goods between one land mass and another–has resulted in the spread of mosquitoes. In prehistory the mosquitoes would have lived in balance with their predators–the mosquitoes pushing their hosts gently toward fitness, the predators keeping them at a tolerable level. Moving mosquitoes around the world has brought these biting flies to land masses that never had them before, and brought multiple species to places that used to have only a few species. The shiploads of tires and other mosquito-moving industries did not bring along the predators of the mosquitoes. We ask too much of our native bats and dragonflies–there are simply too many exotic mosquitoes for natural controls to retake the balance.

The result is blood-borne diseases in North America bearing the names of regions in Africa. The result is the almost complete destruction of Hawaain bird diversity. The result is mosquitoes that bite in the daytime, that breed in dumpsters and dirty gutters, in densities that mock the equilibrium of the past. Why are there mosquitoes? Because there is blood to drink. Why are there so many god damned mosquitoes? Because human activity creates and destroys habitat in a way that rarely makes the world a better place.

Mosquito=little fly
Mosquito family Culicidae=family of little flies

prince-of-mindscape  asked:

Why do female mosquitoes need blood for their eggs? Would it ever be possible to make it so they can survive on plants like the males? Or maybe make humans repellent to them somehow? (aka I've already been bitten by a mosquito and it's not even summer.)

They actually already can survive on plant matter! A female mosquito will supplement her diet with nectar, and if she never finds a mammal to bite, she can still lay eggs…but only a fraction as many.

Since animals are made of protein, consuming some animal protein allows a little mosquito to make THOUSANDS more eggs!

There are some species in which neither sex feeds on blood, and of course they make much smaller numbers of larvae. Those who do use blood get a major advantage, and out-compete the purely “vegan” mosquitoes.

Some of those non-biters compensate during the larval stage by being predators, and specifically consume the larvae of other mosquitoes….but unfortunately, once they’ve eaten all the other mosquito larva in a puddle, they’ll turn on each other until only a couple remain. This is why we haven’t been very successful in using these cannibals as natural mosquito control.

Ravished by Moonlight- Part 1

A/N: This is the first of two parts for my “Werewolf Negan AU” prompt for @flames-bring-a-ton-of-ash‘s 2k Writing Challenge! Honestly this was so much fun to write, and I definitely got carried away with setting up the story before the smut even happens. I’m so happy I got the chance to combine my two favorite loves, Negan and werewolves, into one thirst-filled fic. I hope to have the second chapter posted during the weekend/early next week, but for now I hope you’ll enjoy this first part! :D

Words: 2992

Warnings: Brief description of a murdered deer, blood, and the next chapter includes smut

Click here for Part Two!

Originally posted by mypapawinchester


After your great aunt had passed, it was discovered in her will that she left you the owner of her cabin in the woods. You vaguely remember the place from your childhood, a place your family had gone to on vacation once or twice to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In a way, you were escaping as well. Tired of the same daily routine of filing paperwork and attending yawn-inducing meetings, you decided to take the week off and catch up on some rest and relaxation in the cabin. No work, no people, no responsibilities. That was something you could get behind.

Unfortunately, the cabin wasn’t in a very car accessible area. You were forced to park in a communal lot that was a half hour walk away from where the cabin was. Grumbling, you slammed the trunk of your car and began to lug an entire week’s worth of clothes, food, and books toward the dirt path that led deeper into the woods.

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M I N T  x  C H O C O L A T E  C H I P

Summer is right around the corner and after all of the flooding, the Barton Creek greenbelt is flourishing with vibrant waters and much much greenery! Certainly good for any trail runners, rock climbers, bikers, nature wanderers, and hikers. The wonderful thing about all of this, is that it is right in my backyard. Like a hidden magical oasis in the spring and Schlitterbahn Central in the summer, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is simply just a great outdoor adventure for anyone! 

So I thought to myself, “why not break out the mint green linen blazer and my favorite nautical carnival chino pants?” My rad friend fumfumko  was a great sport for enduring the wrath of the morphed human life size mosquitos while capturing these photos! Many Many THANKS to ya mate! fumfumko =D

anonymous asked:

hiiii! i'm a relatively new fan of shinhwa and even if I've watched Shinhwa Broadcast, I'm still wondering about eric's style as a leader? can you tell me stories about how he is as a leader? as well as his relationships with the members? thank you! shinhwa 화이팅!!!!

Hi Hi!! Sorry for the late reply, I was caught up with school earlier on. I saw that some people have already answered your question, but I’ll still give my side.

(Sorry if my answer is too wordy and long-winded, I could go on forever because there’s just so much to talk about.)


I think Eric’s style as a leader can be best put into words as how Photographer Zo Sun Hee described, he’s not a leader who takes the limelight to his own, but rather, he leads and guides from the side. Eric is one of the most selfless man anyone could ever meet.

Quoting her words, “But if you look closely, Eric is always on the side. Why is that? Because he’s tall? No. Consideration. Even after having taken so many pictures of Shinhwa, I’ve never seen Eric standing in the middle or wanting to stand out. He’s always at the end. Right at the end, the back, the side.” “Eric is the leader right? He is always supporting others, doesn’t try to stand out, and really respects other’s opinions. He listens really carefully to what others say.”

Originally posted by hearts-shinhwa

Most people would have already known this, but back then groups disbanded mostly due to contract conflicts, disputes or even just simply because their contracts have ended. And naturally afterwards, most of the members were to go solo after disbandment. There was literally no idol group who had members who went solo while still being in a group. Shinhwa was the first or specifically Minwoo since he was the first to do a solo. But of course, similarly, Shinhwa’s contract with SM ended in 2003, the time where most 1st generation idol groups faced disbandment. However, unlike them, Shinhwa pulled through tough times together and remained as one till this day. Eric is definitely the key factor to this. At that time most of them received renewal offers, but none of them took it.

From Win-Win Shinhwa episode:

Hyesung: “Our first thought was to renew our contract with SM. Anyway, our aim was that the 6 of us would be together and could not be separated.” Dongwan: “At that time, Eric made an irresistible proposal. It was when Eric had the highest value. He told us how much they were offering him. ‘They are offering me a lot, but I don’t want that. We can go into another company and get the same offer.’ So since he proposed it like this, we all went to the other company.” As a person who chose to keep his group together over money, you easily could tell that he’s one heck of a selfless leader.

And there was this old magazine article I loved and which you might want to read:

[Entertainment Weekly Issue 24] Eric, Shinhwa’s 4D leader

From a street dance champion in the U.S. to the leader of a Korean idol group, from a singer to an actor, from a Korean celebrity to a Hallyu star, every single transformation of Eric is simply amazing.

No Turning Back at 19 Years Old

From being selected by Lee Soo Man in March 1997 to his debut on 24 March 1998, Eric put in one full year of effort for his debut performance on KMTV’s Show Music Tank. But Shinhwa’s first album wasn’t a success. Eric took on the responsibility of being the leader and big brother, and consoled the other members. “Let’s put in our best efforts for the 2nd album, we will continue if we succeed and if we don’t, we’ll disband.” He felt that he had to be strong, forgetting that he too was only 19 years old that year.

Fortunately, their efforts paid off, and they finally had a fanclub of their own - Shinhwa Changjo - and their very first award - the 1998 Mnet Award for Best Male Newcomer. Their 2nd album had succeeded.

Growing Pains

Shinhwa’s success extended to their 3rd album. However, Andy returned to the U.S. before the release of the 4th album, and with one person less, the company wanted to disband Shinhwa. The sudden change left Eric feeling lost for a moment. He thought if they made a great job of the 4th album, the company might be willing to give in to them.

But even their passion and results didn’t make the company change its mind. Finally, that led to the unforgettable guerilla concert. Then, Eric finally caved in and knelt on the ground. Having bet everything he had on it, he lost the strength to stand. That was the first and last time that we’ve seen such a helpless Eric.

Leading The Escape

In 2003, Shinhwa refused to extend the contract with SM, which was undoubtedly a shock in the industry. So far no artist had ever dared to offend the big boss of the Korean entertainment industry, and they were the first.

After the guerilla concert, Eric had his own plans, and Shinhwa left SM among much controversy. Eric was the one who negotiated with the management, forking out his own funds to buy Shinhwa out. No one will ever know how much hardship he had to endure during the negotiations.

But there was still more trouble to deal with. On 20 September 2004, a reporter openly asked at Shinhwa’s 7th album showcase, “What does Shinhwa have to offer to be able to release their 7th album?” and proceeded to slam Shinhwa with ruthless criticism, leading to a big media frenzy. It was then that Eric stepped up once again as the leader to speak out, and he published his rebuttal on the Internet, with the now-famous quote, “It’s not so easy to see Shinhwa. If there’s anything, you can look for me.”

On 9 January 2006, there was a video of Eric and two other members mimicking the intellectually-challenged posted online with the header “Eric’s a goner this time”. Eric dealt firmly with the media’s relentless questioning. In an apology letter which he published online he apologised for the thoughtless behaviour that he and his two younger brothers displayed in the video. What could have been a huge PR crisis for them, Eric resolved it with his firm and sincere actions. The helpless Eric of yesterday who knelt on the ground covering his face was gone - there’s now only the Eric who says with conviction “We will put in our best efforts”.

The Peculiar Fourth Dimension

He’d catch a mosquito and ask why it was so ugly; he ran away to Jeju-do alone because he couldn’t come to terms with his sudden popularity; he got lost on the way to Dongwan’s birthday party; he’d confide in a dead ant; he spoke of making a pot of Hye-Wan soup….this is the fourth dimension of a man who’s cool, calm and confident. To many, he is the leader of Shinhwa, gentlemanly, attractive, usually quiet, and sometimes shy.

To Shinhwa, there is only one Eric.

Source:  <FANS 超级粉丝> Issue 24

Credits: 默默1983@情投E赫 (love-ric.com)

Eng trans: midnightgirl13@shinhwabiz


As for his relationships with the members, let’s go down the row:

Minwoo:

These two adorkable CEOs, their chemistry is truly one of a kind.

An excerpt from Dongwan’s The First photoessay:

“That these two (Minwoo and Eric) agree with each other so often is something amazing and interesting. Minwoo often smiles while looking at Eric, to the extent that one wonders if they weren’t a couple in their past life.”

— Kim Dongwan, The First pg 220-221 (cr: malpabo)

As for the adorkable side, well.. XD

Fighting over a plush panda..

Fighting over maknae..

Dongwan:

The actual Tom and Jerry couple I would say, because Dongwan is Eric’s toy XD. Rather than explaining, I’m sure if one watches RicWan over a period of time, you would understand their interesting bromance with each other.

Eric’s nicknames for Dongwan (from 2007 Come To Play WooDong Ep):

From Double PD or Pa-Dak Pa-Dak (Over-reacting movements), to Kim Meat, to old man XD

Dongwan: Even when I’m working out, he (Eric) would said, “YA! Dongwan you are all muscle, but Minwoo is “mom-jjang”(great body) In other words you are “meat”!

M: Eric does not say things out of bad feeling but loves to tease. For example, when Dongwan does push-ups, Eric would lift Dongwan up so that he can’t use any strength.

YSJ: Is there other nicknames Eric gave you?

DW: When I used to work out seriously, when I had no fat but muscles, I had a lot of wrinkles, so he called me “old man”.

M: Dongwan used to get stressed because of that.
On the flipside of RicWan’s tough love, they really do compliment each other a lot.

From 2013 Sports Seoul interview:

Eric on Dongwan: We don’t abashedly compliment each other openly but he is the member who’ll look for those words and compliment the members. He has a different energy from Junjin.

Dongwan on Eric: Eric is really like an otaku. If he gets addicted to something he’ll bury himself at home but after we left our first agency, as the leader of Shinhwa, he became the otaku of Shinhwa. Even now, he worries a lot for Shinhwa and is also in charge of dealing with external matters. He is a leader I’m thankful to and can trust. (Cr: malpabo)

Hyesung:

The famous water and oil couple. Since you have watched Shinbang, you would know this. Nowadays, the Master of Push and Pull has been pulling more often, his frequent mentions of Eric on radio, TV and interviews XD

From 9 Jan 2003 Freedom Declaration Radio:

HS: Actually yesterday too…after the broadcast ended, I went back late, and our Eric, ya really~ dominated my room’s bed, sleeping in a starfish posture.

JJ:?

DW: Did you wake him up?

HS: Ah, so you have to listen to what I have to say, if it was like the past, I would have woke him up~ Tell him to get out immediately and kick him.. Ah, yesterday because Eric looked really exhausted going to sleep, I brought the quilt along to the other room and slept on the floor.

DW: In the past, your personality really wasn’t that good, that’s why (Shinhwa: Hahaha~)

Eric: If others were to hear this, they would think it would be something normal, but I was really touched by it yesterday. (Hyesung: Ahahahaha~!) And so, around 6am or 7am at dawn, I was going to go to the restroom for a while, I opened my eyes and saw how Hyesung was below on the floor laying on quilts…(Hyesung: You stepped over me right?!) Ah really, I teared up at it (Hyesung: Hahahaha~~~)

JJ: In the morning, I wanted to drink water and woke up, Eric hyung was at the table crying like this…

Eric: Once I woke up, I gave way didn’t I, he went back again to sleep..

Junjin:

The ever crazy Blood B type couple; they are two peas in a pod.

This infamous account would show you why:

Radio host: Who is the weirdest member in Shinhwa?

Dongwan: I think Junjin and Eric do a lot of weird things. They’re unbelievable. When they wake up, they fold their blanket into an origami shape.

Hyesung: And they’re walking down the street when they suddenly turn to each other and start fighting with each other in Chinese!

Dongwan: They sing about Bap (rice) in Vietnamese..

Eric: No, Jin is the really weird one. How can a person do that to a doll that doesn’t even speak? … A bumblebee doll.. It was about 3-4 in the morning, and he was beating up that bumblebee doll in the night. If I didn’t stop him, he would have kept beating it up all night.

JunJin: Eric is the even weirder one. When I was beating up the bumblebee, he came up beside me and scolded the bumblebee, asking what it did that was so wrong (laughs).

Eric: But the bumblebee must have done something wrong in order to get hit, right?

Andy:

The maknae and leader couple, Andy who of course gets teased a lot, but on the same time he’s doted  on a lot as well. On many occasions, the hyung and maknae roles are switched around though XD.

A cute story from their early days:

MC: Was there any instance where the group almost broke up?

Minwoo: Yes…one time when we were living together, we had strict rules. We couldn’t do anything without the manager’s permission. I asked Eric to go out for a drink, we were late the next morning for practice because we overslept. When we got to the studio, the rest of the members were already on their knees for 2 hours. The manager knew that Eric and I went out and everyone was being punished. Manager got mad and told us to quit! Andy started crying and got up and told the manager ‘I quit too!’…but when the manager yelled at Andy to ‘SIT DOWN’, Andy said ‘Yes sir!’ and was on his knees again right away!

Andy: When you are on your knees for 2 hours…it hurts a lot..

Minwoo: Eric and I came back to apartment to pack….I asked Eric, where or what am I going to do… Eric told me I can go with him back to US and we can do something together

Minwoo: As we were packing, we heard loud hurried footsteps…so I thought they are coming back to tell us good news that we don’t have to go. Hyesung came first and said, ‘you didn’t go yet?….what can we do…if there’s a chance, we’ll meet again’. Junjin came next and said, ‘Hyung….keep in touch’.

Minwoo: Then another running steps came and this time it was Andy running up crying saying, ‘Hyung, you don’t have to go’, then Junjin and Hyesung hit Andy’s head because he wasn’t supposed to say that yet…they agreed to play tricks on us..

Then again do not forget Andy’s evil maknae persona keke

I hope this was helpful to you and sorry I took so long to reply :)

defygravity79  asked:

“Oops, did I do that?.. Oh well.” with Supercat of course 😉Thanks in advance.

This was partially/loosely inspired by a story a friend told me about real life events.  Embellished, of course ;-)


Garden Party

Cat stood next to the drooping azaleas and sipped her iced tea; ‘unsweetened, thank you.’  The push and pull of National City’s elite mothers milled about in a cloud of one-upsmanship and helicopter parenting all while pretending they were the most successful whatevers at whatever they did.  Feeling haughty and bored all at the same time was a dangerous combo for Cat Grant.  It usually landed her in the gossip columns for making an ingenue cry or causing some old has-been to take a swing at her.  

Today was no different.  One particularly braggadocious seven-year-old was tearing through her own party bragging that ‘Aunt Rosaline gave me a diamond necklace for my birthday, why didn’t you get one?

This, of course, set off a chain reaction of spoiled brats complaining that they didn’t get diamonds for their birthdays and many promises of said gifts to come.

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sometimes i get pissed at evolution. like somethings just didnt have to happen. like lets take mosquitoes for an example why the fuck did evolution make it so they have to drink blood. wtf evolution. wtf. there are so many other things that could have happened. like seriously they could suck something out of fucking plants or something. but no, evolution was being a bitch ass punk and made them lust for our fucking blood. i swear if i ever see charles darwin i will kick the shit out of his punk ass. this is a mosquito hate post. i am so pissed right now, fuck evolution.

In the 1950s, Ed Filbin had a dream.Oh, not one of those civil rights deals, or even the one where you have to flee a Kool-Aid tsunami with the mom from Arrested Development. No, this dream was strange: He imagined that, one day, discarded rubber tires would be worth a fortune. Never mind that tire piles are ugly, collect water, and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, or that they’re essentially impossible to put out if they ever catch fire. Mere trifles like logic and reason were not about to stand in the way of Filbin’s Great American Tire Pile. And so it was that Ed Filbin collected 42 million tires. And lo, he did put them in a giant pile. And he looked upon his work, and he said that it was good.

Obviously Filbin’s dreams of black rubber gold never came to fruition – what, you mean people weren’t itching to buy ancient, weather-cracked tires full of mosquitoes? – so in the 1980s, he sold the pile off to a series of companies. Why so many people were investing in old tires, we don’t know (building a Captain-Planet-villain-style lair, perhaps?), but it didn’t work out for the buyers, either. Several companies went bust trying to deal with the pile. Eventually the tires were whittled down to a meager 10 million rubbers, but then, in 1999, disaster struck. Literally.

Lightning struck and ignited the pile.

5 WTF Abandoned Wastelands You Won’t Believe Exist

Pls everyone write the pope and ask him why God made mosquitoes. This unanswerable question has caused many to waver in the faith and we need an explanation in the catechism or maybe even for the subject to be answered Ex Cathedra.

Prince moved to the 64x64 lot on Windenburg Island. He wants to save up his money to buy a prince-ly estate in the near future. That’s why he constricted himself to the bare necessities.

A bush to pee in, a tent to sleep in, and every day a roasted fish -  what more could one want? I would say Netflix and mosquito repellent.

As you may notice he follows in his great grandfather Benno’s footsteps and signed up for the police career*.

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*A career with so many bugs in the days of yore that Benno was forced to quit that shit. I hope they fixed it in the meantime…

Are the Ultra Beasts Pokemon?

Ok, so a few days ago I posted a Mellow frames about the Ultra Beasts that were leaked in Corocoro for Pokémon Sun and Moon ( http://mellowfilmmaker.tumblr.com/post/150324294224/mellow-frames-the-buff-mosquito). For those who don’t know, here’s a picture of them. 

Now I and many others immediately noticed that UB-02 Beauty looks suspiciously like Lusamine the president of the Aether Foundation. Many others have already noticed that UB01 looks like Lillie the mysterious professor assistant. Now in my post I referred to them as Pokémon and I got a few people responding to me that they aren’t. 

Honestly, I never considered this. The UBs aren’t Pokémon, but more like Pokémon like characters you can fight, but not catch. This theory is backed up by the fact that UB01 (the only Ultra Beast officially revealed by Nintendo so far) is not listed under Pokémon on the official site. Here’s what they do describe Ultra Beasts as: 

They are Mysterious Creatures that pose a threat to Pokémon. Now what could these Ultra Beasts be if not Pokemon. My guess, and many others’ guesses are that they are human-Pokémon hybrids probably created by the Aether Foundation.  This is supported by the fact that UB01 & UB02 Beauty look like Lillie & Lusamine. Lusamine did evil experiments on her daughter (or sister) Lillie creating UB01, then did some stuff to herself making herself UB02 Beauty (I don’t know why the Buff Mosquito isn’t called UB03, maybe it’s a different form of UB02 Beauty). Another theory that many haven’t considered is that these beasts already existed and are simply emulating the forms of Lillie and Lusamine. This is supported by UB01′s description. 

There are two reasons why I want the Ultra Beasts to not be Pokémon. 

1. If they’re not Pokémon you can catch, then they can provide unique boss battles. Do things that would break the game if they were given to regular (or even legendary) Pokémon. I’m hoping for a higher difficulty this time ( XY was way too easy) so I’m excited if this is the case. It wouldn’t be surprising at this point since Sun and Moon is already the most unique game in the main series of Pokémon. 

2. If UB01 is Lillie and UB02 is Lusamine, then it would be really messed up to be able to catch them and force them to fight for you. Like seriously, it would not be cool. 

So those are my thoughts on the matter, please share your thoughts on the matter. Let’s get a discussion going. I’m honestly excited to learn more. 

wafflelovingbatgirl  asked:

I saw a post online about a potential way to eliminate Mosquitos as a species by breeding attractive yet sterile males. I dislike Mosquitos as much as the next person who spends significant amounts of time in the outdoors of Virginia, but wouldn't this be really bad for the ecosystem?

It would set things off-balance, but then again, they’re already off-balance from anthropogenic influences. The question is, what would it gain and is that more important than what we’d damage?

I’m going to copypasta from a beautiful post by speciesofleastconcern, since I can’t rebagel it with this. 

When someone asks, as they always eventually do, “why do mosquitoes exist?,” they’re really asking another hidden question. Because mosquitoes exist for the same reason all organisms exist: evolution provided adaptations to fit the available energy sources. Blood-suckers suck blood because blood is a liquid that can be sucked–the alternative is flesh-eating. Which is worse?

The hidden question is this “Is the natural world in balance?” The answer of course is no. Humans have proved to be so adaptable in such a short time, that we have thrown the entirety of the rest of the natural world out of kilter. We have spread to every corner of the globe, bringing our food animals with us. We have created vast climate-controlled structures to live in. We have dug deep into the earth to find energy trapped in hydrocarbons that have held onto it for millions of years, and released so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we have changed the atmosphere and climate of the planet forever.

One of the most mundane activities of humans–the selling of goods between one land mass and another–has resulted in the spread of mosquitoes. In prehistory the mosquitoes would have lived in balance with their predators–the mosquitoes pushing their hosts gently toward fitness, the predators keeping them at a tolerable level. Moving mosquitoes around the world has brought these biting flies to land masses that never had them before, and brought multiple species to places that used to have only a few species. The shiploads of tires and other mosquito-moving industries did not bring along the predators of the mosquitoes. We ask too much of our native bats and dragonflies–there are simply too many exotic mosquitoes for natural controls to retake the balance.

The result is blood-borne diseases in North America bearing the names of regions in Africa. The result is the almost complete destruction of Hawaain bird diversity. The result is mosquitoes that bite in the daytime, that breed in dumpsters and dirty gutters, in densities that mock the equilibrium of the past. Why are there mosquitoes? Because there is blood to drink. Why are there so many god damned mosquitoes? Because human activity creates and destroys habitat in a way that rarely makes the world a better place.

So there’s pretty much the philosophical problem, well encapsulated. Now, let’s look at the reason we’re considering sterlizing mosquitoes: blood-borne disease control. 

I’m guessing you saw this article by the Guardian? It’s not so much about eliminating them as a species as about cutting back on the sheer numbers of them, especially in areas where they’re not native. Why? Because in a decade or so we’re going to have absolutely huge problems with disease vectors for blood-borne diseases. We’re talked about chytridomycosis on this blog - a type of fungi that is wiping out amphibian species all over the globe by basically suffocating them. Amphibians are pretty much the main limiting factor for insect populations, so when they die off, the bug count is going to spike. So, y’know how current malaria problems are bad? Imagine exponentially worse outbreaks. 

Sterilizing insects as a method of population control, and subsequently, disease control, is something we’ve been researching for at least five years if not much longer. As much as it might hurt the populations of things that prey on them in the areas it’s deployed, it might be crucial to helping stem or prevent large-scale disease spread in the future. 

anonymous asked:

Can you provide sources for the fact that logging is unnatural

I don’t believe any scientific study has proven that “logging is unnatural.” I don’t believe that’s something they could test in some controlled experiment but it has been discussed. If anyone has a “source” for this, do share. When talking about orca/Dolphin behavior, we don’t always have a “source” other than the words from the experts, like Drs Naomi and Ingrid, and Lori. They’ve studied wild orca behavior basically for their entire lives, so when they say whales logging at the surface for multiple hours in a row is not quite right in orca life, we believe them. That’s why they’re the experts.


If you want to know a specific scenario where logging had a negative effect on one of these animals, read the story of how Taku, a captive bred killer whale, died in the Texas park.
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/05/scienceshot-even-whales-get-bitten-mosquitoes


In short, he spent many hours logging at the surface of the water, was bitten by mosquitoes who in turn gave him the West Nile virus, and he died from it. Wild, active killer whales would never in a million years contract this disease. That is what makes it unnatural.

You can easily see that wild dolphins don’t generally log at all, by viewing them in their natural habitat, or watching videos of them on YouTube. Even when these animals are resting, they are still moving slowly. They live in the ocean after all, it is quite impossible to be in the ocean and stay stationary in one spot. All of these factors are reasons why it’s not natural, but there isn’t technically a “source” for this information. It’s sort of something you would come to a conclusion about when learning about these animals.