Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thorny Moms Warm The Heart

Mother's Day- Less than a day away! Don't be an ingrateful child, folks. Let the woman who suffered the excruciating pain of your birth and the mental anguish of your upbringing- let her know that you care.

And remember the thorn insect. A lot of the insects we've looked at will pop out the offspring and then jet off to other things, eating, mating AGAIN, etc. But not these moms - They dig out thin troughs in the tree bark for their young, just right for their baby-mouths to ingest sap. And then if predatory wasps descend to carry the helpless babes away, the thorn-mom blunders over and kicks it! She doesn't have much in the way of defense, but she does what she can! Ka-Pow! Roundhouse in the compound eye! 3 out of 4 times the babies are saved - pretty good ratio in my book.

Happy Mother's Day!

- Nick

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