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It isn't a fur throw on that couch... [Jul. 20th, 2009|08:11 am]
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Thanks to a post on an entomology listserv I'm on...

bugguide.net/node/view/307090

I expect to see a really good horror story or movie come from this image being on the web...

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[User Picture]From: mela_lyn
2009-07-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
*shuts web page and puts head between the knees* It's fur. It's fur. It's fur. It's fur. It's fur. It's fur...


(Seriously wish I had noticed the 'bugguide' in the link.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-07-20 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry...I thought I'd put enough warnings in the title and the "entomology" and the bugguide in the link...sorry...
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[User Picture]From: mela_lyn
2009-07-20 02:20 pm (UTC)
Not your fault... I wasn't paying close enough attention!!
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2009-07-20 01:28 pm (UTC)
Bugs!

Time to send in the Mobile Infantry?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-07-20 01:35 pm (UTC)
The SF writer's brain says "Gengineer these wasps to recognize the unique scent of one person or a family of persons and accept it as 'one of us.' Then use them as house-guards. Then, of course, have Something Go Wrong with the program.
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2009-07-20 01:39 pm (UTC)
Go for it!

Perhaps some form of gengineered fungus that alters the wasp brain? Parasites get really complicated . . .
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[User Picture]From: sweetcrumpet
2009-07-20 01:32 pm (UTC)
Wow...That's simultaneously stunning and appalling.

I'm reaaaaally glad that that isn't my couch!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-07-20 01:38 pm (UTC)
I suspect that someday the guy who thinks it's clever to leave it there is going to wish he hadn't, but maybe not.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2009-07-21 01:37 am (UTC)
From a few other things in the pic, I suspect it was a case of a house that hadn't been in use for a while. Maybe a vacation home or something.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-07-21 02:18 am (UTC)
Down in the comments under the picture, it said that the house had been abandoned for years--it was inherited, along with the old family farm, but the owner didn't live anywhere near it.

Going to be hard to fix it up for a B&B or something in his declining years...

E.
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[User Picture]From: moonsinger
2009-07-20 01:45 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of the time that some bees got into my parents house. I ran into a bedroom and stuffed a towel under the door (I was a kid), and I screamed my head off. Thankfully, my dad was an amateur beekeeper, and he had a smoker to calm them down and take them outside to put in a new hive.
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From: urban_homestead
2009-07-20 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, it turns out that wasps also like to kick back on the couch. Who knew? Do you suppose they turned on the TV? And drank all the beer?
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[User Picture]From: bunny_m
2009-07-20 02:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not like the vandals will be hanging about to drink the beer, is it now?

*pictures a hive of drunk wasps and snrks*
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2009-07-20 02:32 pm (UTC)
Having encountered drunken wasps, I'd suggest you don't go there. They're mean drunks.
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[User Picture]From: bunny_m
2009-07-20 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hell, most of the wasps I've ever come across are mean sober, so I wouldn't expect anything else.

Mind you, I tend to symapthise with bees and spiders over wasps, so YMMV.
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[User Picture]From: lillian13
2009-07-20 02:30 pm (UTC)
"Hi, I'm the County Tax Assessor, and you haven't paid...um, sir, can you get off the couch? Sir? Sir? Aiieeeeeee!"

Mimic 3: The Wasps' Revenge coming this fall.
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[User Picture]From: ajl_r
2009-07-20 03:45 pm (UTC)
Urgh!

We had a nest of the common wasp (http://www.arkive.org/common-wasp/vespula-vulgaris/) develop in our attic about five or six summers ago. We didn't realise until too late...went up there one evening to fetch something and beat a hasty retreat. Luckily (for us, not the wasps) the cold always kills them off in the winter - all but the new queen, who goes off somewhere else to hibernate - so we were able to reclaim our attic later that year. The empty nest is a rather beautiful (to our eyes, anyway) sphere, about 18 inches in diameter. My niece took it to school for a science project.

Don't think I'd want to take that sofa though...
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[User Picture]From: amm_me
2009-07-20 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hope the house doesn't get burned down.
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[User Picture]From: amm_me
2009-07-20 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hope the house doesn't get burned down.
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