Sipping coffee and reading news not even remotely related to politics or the election! A new invasive worm from Asia, a hairy venomous caterpillar and some weird alien looking pods growing on trees!


 Sipping coffee and reading news not even remotely related to politics or the election!  :)  


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In an update, the company said the pest was identified as a hammerhead worm, which the Texas Invasive Species Institute says is “a terrestrial flatworm” native to Southeast Asia. The species is hermaphroditic, meaning they have “both male and female genitalia,” according to Biologydictionary.net.

Hundreds have commented on the Facebook post, with many noting the tough-to-kill worms “are essentially immortal,” a joke that has an element of truth to it.

“Flatworms may not look that exciting, but they have an astonishing superpower: regeneration. When bits of them are amputated, these bits can regrow into complete worms — even from snipped-off fragments that represent 1/300th of the worm’s body,” Live Science reports.

To kill the worm, Facebook commenters suggested everything from salt to vinegar to burning it.

“Cutting them creates two instead of killing the one” 

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article246893942.html#storylink=cpy




 A Virginia woman says she went through “22 hours of hell” after brushing against a seemingly harmless ball of fuzz that turned out to be a highly venomous caterpillar.

Crys Spindel Gaston of New Kent says the split-second encounter on Sept. 4 sent her to the emergency room in excruciating pain.

The “alien hair ball” was later identified as a puss caterpillar, a benign-looking insect dubbed the nation’s “most dangerous” caterpillar, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Gaston likened the feeling to “a scorching-hot knife,” and she suspected it had been caused by a jagged piece of metal on the car, according to VirginiaMercury.com. Then she looked down and saw a caterpillar: “It was no shape of any animal I had ever seen. It was a cross between like a mouse and a slug,” she told the news site. 

“Puss caterpillars are usually not abundant enough to be noticed,” the NC State Extension Service reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even a slight “contact” with puss caterpillars results in a “severe sting for which the pain will be apparent immediately to the victim.”

“It is teardrop shaped and has long silky hair, making it resemble a tuft of cotton or fur,” reports the pharmaceutical site Merckmanuals.com. “When a puss moth caterpillar rubs or is pressed against a person’s skin, its venomous hairs are embedded, usually causing severe burning and a rash. ... Occasionally, the reaction is more severe, causing swelling, nausea, and difficulty breathing.”

The caterpillars are found primarily in southern states, from “Texas and north to Maryland and Missouri,” according to the University of Michigan. Some people can exhibit “symptoms of shock” after a sting, the university reports.

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article245655125.html#storylink=cpy






In yet another example of 2020’s endless supply of bad omens, hairy looking red pods are now growing from trees in a volcanic park on the Island of Hawaii.

A photo showing two of the growths dangling from Ohia tree limbs was posted Oct. 10 on Facebook by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a turbulent area that “includes two of the world’s most active volcanoes.”

Classic science fiction warns such pods are foreboding evidence of an alien invasion, like the pods that assume the shape of people in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

The Ohia trees are so stressed, officials said, roots are popping out above ground on their limbs.

“Stress may come from the cracking of the tree’s bark (either from natural growth or injury), fire heat or smoke, insects, or disease,” the post said. “In the park, the phenomenon has been especially documented in trees that were defoliated during the eruptions of Kīlauea Iki in 1959 and Mauna Ulu in the early 1970’s.”

Experts did not offer an explanation of why the aerial roots — known as aʻa lewalewa in Hawaii — are appearing in the trees, which are typically the first species of tree to sprout after a volcanic eruption.

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article246543958.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article246543958.html#storylink=cpy








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