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Ben Royce's Blog – July 2013 Archive (3)

Cicada Killer Paradise

First came the cicadas, then came the cicada killers.

Hundreds of them at Long Dock. Fat 2 inch long wasps.

They are like the tarantula hawk of the desert southwest- they paralyze their prey, put them in a deep brood chamber, deposit a single egg on the still living prey, then its young hatch and eat the cicada alive.

Cicada killers love dry mounds of soft soil (easy digging) to build their brood chambers in, and Scenic Hudson has built the…

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Added by Ben Royce on July 24, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Borrelia Miyamotoi: emergent tick borne illness

It's a related spirochete to Borrelia burgdorferi (primary Lyme disease causing bug).

But the key difference with this bacterium is you have Lyme symptoms, but no rash.

Wonderful.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/new-tick-borne-illness-could-be-worse-than-lyme-disease/

Added by Ben Royce on July 3, 2013 at 11:39am — 5 Comments

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