Nature Nerds?

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What in gods name is this? My cousin found it in her back garden!
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Maybug.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer
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I love a good Cockchafer.
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I hate Maybugs, they're like big noisy B52 bombers flying at you wherever you go in the room.
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If you ever want to stay awake for an extended period of time, I'd highly recommend this subforum on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisbug/
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This shiny guy came wriggling across the floor in the middle of cops raiding my home. What the fuck is it? (i.imgur.com)

submitted 1 day ago by BigfuckingJilm




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Ahhh, Baffled me with the whole metallica silver back. Insane!
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I would absolutely burn down my own house if I ever saw this thing. WHY IS IT GLOWING
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I used to like you. Then you posted that
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Bleh, creepy. Why the hell is that spider glowing?

I shall always hate wasps. Wasps and millipedes. My sister found a millipede in her bed once. So much screaming.
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It is not really 'glowing' but it is caused by an awesome little feature of the eye found in the animal kingdom, especially nocturnal mammals and some insects, called the Tapetum. The tapetum is a layer found at the back of the eye behind the retina and it is highly reflective as to reflect any light entering the eye back on to the retinal cells to help the animal see in low light/night/darkness.

When you take a photo of an animal with a tapetum or shine a light in their eyes (think about when you're driving at night and an animal is caught in your headlights) their eyes appear to light up incredibly, but it is just the light from the light source reflecting back.

The kids in work get to learn about it in Yr8, I do a cow's eye dissection with them and you can find the tapetum as beautiful bluey-green layer with a sort of mother or pearl 'glow'

People actually use the tapetum to hunt spiders at night with their torches...

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Did most people do animal dissection in school? I never did, I think it was only the A level Science students.
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We dissected heart, lungs and eyeballs in school. Our teacher grossed us out by blowing up a pair of lungs, she was great.
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We dissected eyes, a kidney and a heart. It was pretty interesting.
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Did most people do animal dissection in school? I never did, I think it was only the A level Science students.


Yeah, we had to do a rat, everyone had their own and it was kept in a plastic bag after you finished ready for the next time. I kept the tails for years after.
It was a totally useless exercise unless you wanted to become a surgeon as it was mainly to teach disection skills.The anatomy could have been taught with maybe one disected and everyone having a look.
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I never dissected anything :(

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WHY IS IT GLOWING


It glows coz it knows.


We dissected a few things in school. Rats, a heart and a pair of lungs. I was messing around at the back and the teacher made me put my finger into the windpipe. It was AWFUL
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Wow. I feel like I've missed out (kinda).
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Wow. I feel like I've missed out (kinda).


Same, I might've been abit more interested in the whole biology subject if we done stuff like this, looking at hand drawn pictures is fuck all compared to actually diving into a nice juicy body organ.
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Same, I might've been abit more interested in the whole biology subject if we done stuff like this, looking at hand drawn pictures is fuck all compared to actually diving into a nice juicy body organ.



I can send you a box full of trout guts if you like?
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Less reminiscing about animal vivisection and more awesome pictures of bugs plz, you guys.
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I hate Maybugs, they're like big noisy B52 bombers flying at you wherever you go in the room.


They make so much noise when I first encountered one (without seeing it first) I was convinced a bird was trapped inbetween my curtains and blinds.
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I'd never encountered a Maybug until a couple of weeks ago at a wedding in Crickhowell when there were loads of the buggers flying around in the evening. All the kids were fascinated.

Rob stamped on one :(

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