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Father Daughter Duo Put Cicadas Into Cute Poses For Wholesome Photoshoot

We love a good news story! And we especially love when it's a family effort! The Good News Network covered the story. "The Fairfax, Virginia-based father/daughter team of Scott and Ellie Kanowitz have come up with a series of increasingly complex humorous vignettes starring the media-happy bugs interacting with a variety of toy props."

"They admit the one drawback to gently using live bug actors was that they did not always take direction well. 'Posing and building more and more elaborate schemes trying to get them to stay still and learn about the cicadas was really exciting. I think one thing we learned was that they don't like to ride on skateboards.' Scott told WTOP News."

We love learning about new and interesting species. And if we can combine that with a creative wholesome photoshoot, it's just that much better. Enjoy!

12 cicada images news story |thumbnail left cicada sitting at table with fake hot dog prop, thumbnail right cicada in police officer costume and toy truck
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Memes & Tweets in Celebration of This Summer's Horny Cicada Invasion

Cicadas are weird creatures. While most species emerge annually, there are some special species in the US that dwell underground for 13 or 17 years before coming up to mate. These groups of the insects are referred to as "broods," and there are a whole lot of them. So many of them hatch at once (to ensure a number survive) that their emergence is actually being picked up by weather radars.

While the insects are harmless, there are a lot of people who would rather they stay in the ground. They're loud. They squirt. And they're bad for your pets. Unfortunately for the cicada haters in the Eastern United States, Brood X is here, and they're not shy. The billion bug brood has even played a hand in pestering the President and delayed the White Housepress plane ahead of Biden's first foreign trip. To some people, the hubbub may seem ridiculous - but one way we're enjoying this entomological event is through memes and tweets. For the next few weeks there are bound to be a lot of 'em, but we've put together our favorites right here for some easy scrolling. 

Funny memes about cicadas, 2021, brood x
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The Huntsman Spider can effortlessly make your skin crawl. This woman however is strikingly fearless. There are probably a fair amount of people out there that would deem their cars cursed, and never plan to set foot in them again after encountering a monstrous Huntsman Spider. But she's just chilling with the whole thing. 

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Humans Using Cats As Shields From Bugs: Funny Tumblr Posts

Okay, so admit it to yourself... there has been at least once when you saw a bug in your house then asked your cat to go deal with it. Maybe it's because you're scared of bugs and don't understand why some people think bugs are beautiful like we are or maybe it's because you can't be bothered, but you've done it. And you've gotten one of two reactions. Either your cat had the most unexpected burst of energy and flew to catch that bug, or your cat looked at you like you are an idiot. 

Come on though! It's a cat's job to defend us from the gross and eww-y bug! What else have we got you around for? Ugh. Should have expected it, cats are known to be lazy after all. They'd sooner yell at us to take the bug down for them to play with than get it themselves. And we respect that. 

tumblr posts about cats versus bugs | thumbnail includes a tumblr thread 'Font - breadbench Follow me whispering to my cat and pointing at a bug in my room: eat it secular-space-witch also me lifting my cat up toward the ceiling so he can reach a bug: get it 221,254 notes Rectangle - erevas Follow There was one time I swatted a crane fly out of the air and then panicked because l couldn't find it, only to turn around and see my 15 year old diabetic cat coming at me at a full sprint, snatching t'
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Umm, gotta catch 'em all anyone? The Hercules Beetle happens to be one of the largest bugs out there, and is a species of the Rhinoceros Beetle. I'm gonna guess that you need at least a Great Ball, maybe an Ultra Ball to catch this homie and add him to your pack. 

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A Menagerie Of Funny Animal Memes & Moments

As the states try to segue into some kind of normalcy by opening up businesses and encouraging people to "get out there" (masked or vaccinated) we're reminded of one blaringly painful fact. That we hate humans. Loud. Rude. Entitled. Oblivious. The moment we step outside or onto the train, the misanthropy starts bubbling over, making us wish we'd stayed at home. In these moments, it's beneficial to flat out pretend that humans don't exist. And with the sheer volume of animal memes on the internet, we know we can pretend for quite a while. They're so much better (and cuter) than humans. It makes sense they'd make better meme subjects, too.

Funny wholesome and cute animal memes, praying mantis, cats, dogs, puppies, insects, possums, raccoons
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People Who Absolutely Hate Being Outside Rant Against 'The Great Outdoors'

I'm a pretty outdoorsy girl. I love hiking, working up a sweat, and setting up camp, and cracking open a cold one with my closest friends under the stars. The bugs may be a pain in the butt and my back might hurt the next day, but that's what bug spray and air mattresses are for. In the end, it's all worth it. Alas, not everyone on the internet has the same opinion as me, and unfortunately, they don't share the same passion for the great outdoors. The people of Twitter have never been shy about going on daily rants, and this week's topic of choice is why going outside absolutely sucks. Scroll down for these super honest and hilarious tweets. 

Funny tweets about hating outdoors | thumbnail text - nari !! @DETECTIV3DREAM when i say i want to go on vacation i don't mean the beach or a cottage in the woods, i mean another city like london, tokyo, etc. I HATE THE OUTDOORS and I would not want to spend time with bugs and getting my hands dirty 7:18 PM · Apr 13, 2021 · Twitter Web App
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Beautiful African Bug Looks Like A Picasso Painting

Okay, hold on a second, before you leave screaming "BUGS!" at us, stop for one moment and look at this one. We know, we know, bugs are kinda eww-y sometimes, but not this one. This one is as beautiful as a painting, specifically, a Picasso painting. 

Meet the Picasso bug, otherwise known as Sphaerocoris annulus. It's a bug that's native to tropical and subtropical Africa, and it is one of the most beautiful bugs we've ever seen. Looking at this little guy brings us to the days of our childhood, when we were in kindergarten, playing around with the prettiest bugs around, no fear to be found in our tiny little palms. And maybe, after seeing this cool creature's pictures, you will feel the same way. 

pictures of the Picasso bug thumbnail includes two up-close pictures of the Sphaerocoris annulus
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27 Dank Ant Memes Because Why The Hell Not

First of all, we love cat memes, dog memes, bird memes, and even frog memes. But the species that rule the planet get very little love in the meme-o-sphere. We're talking about ants. Did you know there are one quadrillion ants living on Earth? That's literally 1,000,000,000,000,000 ants. If all the ants in the world combined to create one giant super-organism, they could collectively carry the whole of humanity on their back. So let's give it up for our ant overlords and enjoy some spicy ant-themed memes, just for the hell of it. 

ant memes, ants, bugs, insects, animals, animal memes, funny memes, dank memes, stupid memes, shitposts, funny, memes, lol, nature, wildlife | Maybe if work hard Give all my food colony sleep only 8 minutes day surely Queen will notice and putting on clown makeup | contains two stomachs. One stomach holds food itself and second stomach is food be shared with other ants.
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Stunning And Colorful Mantises (12 Images)

We don't know about you but when we think of a mantis, the classic green mantis comes to mind. Who in the world knew they could come in such a vast variety of colors, and stunning colors at that? To say we're stunned is an understatement -- mantis are beautiful! 

Bugs are usually something we claim to be beautiful, but they have surprised us in the past! We're just attracted to unusual colors on things we've already decided on how they look. Which is usually brown and not so pleasant to look at. Turns out, there are more colors to little insects than we could ever imagine there would be.

We're not saying we're totally obsessed with insects now but we do appreciate their beauty!

stunning images of colorful mantises - thumbnail includes two images of colorful mantises, one of a pastel rainbow and one like a starry sky
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Colorful And Oddly Adorable Peacock Spiders

Another Spooktober special! OK, we know what you're thinking, "Spiders? Heck no." And we get that, and we're also like that. However, when it comes to peacock spiders, there's something enchanting about them. Yes, if we were ever in the presence of one, we'd probably run. 

These are just photos and vids, they can't hurt us. Remember that. 

The peacock spider is probably the most beautiful spider out there, with its vivid colors, and disproportional huge eyes, you can't help but think, "OK, these guys can be cool." Much like peacocks, male peacock spiders are the most colorful of the sexes and have displayed their colors bolding when trying to attract a mate. 

As much as they make us squeamish, bugs can be quite cool looking!  

colorful and beautiful peacock spiders - thumbnail includes two images of peacock spiders
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Striking Microscopic Insect Photography By Pavan Kumar

Talented photographer, Pavan Kumar, is able to capture what one might consider impossible... the beauty of insects. For many people, insects just make us feel squeamish. It's a fair assumption to say many people just don't like bugs. At all. And truth be told, I am one of those people. 

Yet, Pavan Kumar has somehow taken these mesmerizing images with such striking colors, you can't help but stop and marble at the beauty that is obviously there. It's a beauty you can't see until you see it. 

We had the opportunity to ask Kavan the simple question, "Why bugs?" Out of everything in the world to photograph, why these tiny creatures most don't care about? Pavan Kumar responded saying, "Insects are the most ignored creatures, thanks to their size. We see colourful birds, elephants, tigers, and lions in wallpapers and HD image galleries, but none of the insects! They're amazing creatures too. They look beautiful too. Let's show the world what is seldom seen!"

Pavan Kumar has accomplished just that, showing the world what is seldomly seen. See more of Pavan Kumar's insanely beautiful photographs on his Instagram

colorful and beautiful insect photographs from photographer pavan kumar - thumbnail includes two images one of a colorful spider and one of a colorful fly
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Twitter Thread: Man Discovers Caterpillars In Broccoli, Rollercoaster Ensues

Sam Darlaston was going to prepare some of his favorite veggies, broccoli, when he discovered some little caterpillar homies in the broccoli. Apparently, this isn't too rare of an occurrence, and it's totally fine if you accidentally end up eating them. With that being said, Sam approached the situation a totally different way. He nurtured those bad boys to their final form. Sit back and enjoy the ride. 

A fun Twitter thread on broccoli worms | Sam Darlaston @samd_official Hey @Tesco about cook my favourite vegetable all time (broccoli) and after unwrapping my surprise, found caterpillars inside! They're really nice and ended up keeping one as pet and naming him. but just as heads up, some broc has c-pillars
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