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The Arthropod Appreciation Amnesty (NSFCHORDATES)

StericaSterica YesRegistered User, Moderator mod
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Hey kids! It's time to learn to love our distant, joint-legged relatives: the arthropods! Appreciating these tough-and-rumble critters would be wise, as arthropods are easily the largest animal phylum out there: boasting species well into a million. That's about ten times the second largest phylum! It's a good thing most arthropods are perfectly harmless to humans!

Arthropods include our insect buddies, our crustaceans chums, the arachnid amigos, and many others! Also, let's take a moment of silence in memory of poor trilobite.

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We eat arthropods, we play with arthropods, we use arthropods for medicines, and our lives literally depend on arthropods. They are our decomposers, acting as janitors of the world and cleaning up the messes the rest of us leave behind. They help filter the waters too, acting as rugged pool cleaners of the world. They're vital in pollination, meaning our very food is dependent on these grand sex counselors for plants. We're even working on bullet-proof stuff from these creatures.

Our closet friends are arthropods. Right now, there are probably a good number of tiny mites living in your glands and hair follicles. Some can only live on us and, by the time you're old and gray, there's practically a 100% you'll have a whole family of the little fellers. Also: their life span is about three weeks, so every month is reason to throw a baby shower. Call your mom and tell her she's already a grandmother!

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Meet the Demodex

So if you see an arthropod as THIS
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then you are racist.

Correct your wrong, wrong ways, and let this thread be a beacon of love for the shedding servants of the world. From the lowly copepod to the mighty Japanese Spider Crab, take a moment to stay your shoe and spray and appreciate our exuberant exoskeleton-clad neighbors.

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    IsoldaeIsoldae Hats Off To JigglypuffRegistered User regular
    BugBoy thread?

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    tuggatugga Makin' movies Makin' songsRegistered User regular
    I used to be terrified of spiders

    but man over the last few years I feel for those fuckers

    they still startle me, but i refuse to kill one

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    BugBoy thread.

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    IsoldaeIsoldae Hats Off To JigglypuffRegistered User regular
    Give me some bug facts that would make me hate bugs less.

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Cockroaches like to clean themselves.

    They're like invert cats!

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Oh, and botanists use aphids to extract nutrients from a plant's phloem because they evolved a way of doing so without harming the plant.

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    BYToadyBYToady Registered User regular
    Sugar ants also use aphids to extract nutrients from plants.

    Aphid farming
    Sugar ants collect secretions made by plant-eating insects. Of these, aphids are the most prominent. Sugar ants tend aphids much like farmers tend their stock, moving them around and protecting them from predators. This type of behaviour is mutually beneficial to both parties, as the ants protect the aphid from predation and the aphid provides a sap-like liquid to the ants.

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    There are many species of ant that practice slavery. They literally kidnap pupae from other nests and force them to work.

    In case you thought being terrible was a uniquely human trait.

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    Ants are the best. One day they will rule us.

    bnet: TheStig#1787 Steam: TheStig
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    TamTam Registered User regular
    no they won't
    neither will bees

    but at least individual bees aren't morons

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    Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister It Gets Worse before it gets any better.Registered User regular
    Yes. I'm excited. So excited.

    I just can't hide it.

    and i know i know i know i know i want you, i want you.

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    interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    bees are the best

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    Ruby RhodRuby Rhod Multipass!Registered User regular
    Oh god. This is my nightmare.

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    TamTam Registered User regular
    bees rock
    they're our best bug friends

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    Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    Bees are very dangerous to me, but I love them anyway.

    Thanks for the honey, bees!

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    Ruby RhodRuby Rhod Multipass!Registered User regular
    When I was younger, my friends and I were trying to build a go cart out of random scrap (I was like 8 or so). While we were doing this, I went to grab a piece of plywood, which happened to be hiding a nest of bees under it. I was immediately swarmed and covered in bees stinging me, I was a walking bee hive. My friends ran of course and I ran around flailing and screaming until my friends mom came and got me away from the little bastards.

    I had so many stingers stuck in my body. Really glad I'm not allergic to bees.

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    DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) What's up, bootlickers?Registered User regular
    I know they're not arthropods, but can we get a holla for planaria?

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    TamTam Registered User regular
    no

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    DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) What's up, bootlickers?Registered User regular
    oh it's Tam

    Miss me? Find me on:

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    facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    bees are the best

    Pro tip:

    don't step on a bee in bare feet.

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

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    FlayFlay Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    I got covered with leeches today, but at least they're polite enough not to leave an annoying sore like asshole mosquitos. Though they're still not nearly as bad as ticks.

    Other than that, most invertebrates are cool.

    Flay on
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    Ruby RhodRuby Rhod Multipass!Registered User regular
    Anything that drinks my blood, especially leeches, freaks me out and should be destroyed.

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    -Tal-Tal Registered User regular
    ain't got a spine ain't got a soul

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    ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    One of the walls of the room about to move out of has been taken over almost entirely by spiderwebs.

    I have not yet been able to locate the culprit.

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    I love spiders and now I get to spend several hours a week telling other people that I love spiders and why they should love spiders and it is pretty cool.

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    Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    -Tal wrote: »
    ain't got a spine ain't got a soul

    You'd best not be talking shit about cephalopods.

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    Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister It Gets Worse before it gets any better.Registered User regular
    you know what else rule? cephalopods. they're da bes.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Ruby Rhod wrote: »
    When I was younger, my friends and I were trying to build a go cart out of random scrap (I was like 8 or so). While we were doing this, I went to grab a piece of plywood, which happened to be hiding a nest of bees under it. I was immediately swarmed and covered in bees stinging me, I was a walking bee hive. My friends ran of course and I ran around flailing and screaming until my friends mom came and got me away from the little bastards.

    I had so many stingers stuck in my body. Really glad I'm not allergic to bees.

    I like my Ruby like I like my coffee..

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
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    IsoldaeIsoldae Hats Off To JigglypuffRegistered User regular
    Where is @BugBoy when you need him?

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp

    I appreciate them. In my tummy.

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    SCREECH OF THE FARGSCREECH OF THE FARG #1 PARROTHEAD margaritavilleRegistered User regular
    suffer not a bug to live

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    suffer not a bug to live

    BURN THE HERETIC

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    KilroyKilroy timaeusTestified Registered User regular
    I called a truce with most of the spiders in my house

    as long as they only build their webs in the corners and don't stray too far from them, they can stay. if they try to cross the floor or climb on the walls near my bed or desk their lives are forfeit

    the above rules do not apply to brown recluses who are destroyed on sight at all times

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    Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister It Gets Worse before it gets any better.Registered User regular
    the spiders in the basement in my old house and i had a very strict verbal arrangement

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    BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    i hate bugs

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    ShivahnShivahn Unaware of her barrel shifter privilege Western coastal temptressRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Arthropods! I love arthropods. And not just because they are horrifying and make the alien from Alien look humane. Because some of the stuff that goes on in that phylum is just gross and other stuff is plain horrifying.

    But anyway, happy arthropod things!

    My home state of California holds the record for the species of myriapod with the most legs.

    Suck it, everywhere else!
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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    one thing I always think about when it comes to bugs is it's a good thing we can step on them because otherwise we would be fucked. they are nature's death machines

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    Shock GShock G Registered User regular
    bugs are cool

    some are delicious, even

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    BugBoyBugBoy boy.EXE has stopped functioning. only bugs remainRegistered User regular
    hello there

    I saw I was notified about this lovely place

    I'm a bit busy today but I wanted to note something about those christmas island crabs in the OP

    in an interesting arthropod war, they're currently in major trouble because of an invasive ant species

    ant swarms versus crab swarms

    just in case you thought you had to retreat to the realm of fiction to have really cool things happen
    although cool as it is, those ants really need to be eliminated

    the crabs are not winning

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