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Yet another ecosystem killer.

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'Murder hornets' have arrived in the U.S.—here's what you should know

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Will they reach Burma and further east? Very well could if the conditions are right. If they get to Thailand they'll be scooped up and become delicious market snacks! :D

India locusts: Swarm sweeps into Delhi suburb Gurgaon

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53207645 (Photo and video at link)

Parts of the Indian capital, Delhi, have been placed on alert after a swarm of locusts invaded a suburban area.

Correspondents say it is the first time the suburb city of Gurgaon (Gurugram) has seen a locust invasion.

Footage on social media showed tens of thousands of the insects flying over buildings and landing on rooftops.

India is witnessing its worst locust invasion in decades. The swarms, which originate in the Horn of Africa, have devoured crops in several states.

On Saturday, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai asked district authorities in the south and west of the city to remain on high alert, the Times of India reported.

Residents in Gurgaon were told to make loud noises with pots and pans or drums to try to drive the locusts away.

Pilots flying into and out of Delhi's international airport, which borders Gurgaon, have been told to take extra care, according to ANI news agency.

Agriculture ministry official KL Gurjar said the swarm appeared to be headed towards the city of Palwal, south of Delhi.

"The swarms moved from west to east. They entered Gurugram around 11.30am," he told PTI news agency.

If not controlled, desert locusts destroy food supplies and can cause famine.

According to the UN, the current infestations can be traced back to the cyclone season of 2018-19 that brought heavy rains to the Arabian Peninsula. That allowed at least three generations of "unprecedented breeding" that went undetected. Swarms have since spread out into East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
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Washington State traps its first 'murder hornet'

Washington State has trapped its first Asian giant hornet, dubbed the 'murder hornet,' state agriculture officials said on Friday. - REUTERS

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These giant Asian hornets are the stuff of nightmares and are 5-6 cm long with a chip on their shoulder to match. They sting repeatedly, are attracted to stuff like the smell of a BBQ etc., releases a scent that attracts other hornets and have a big set of gnashers.

Lots of folks get stung to death by these monsters and I remember a recent case in Thailand where the hornets chased a Thai guide and two French tourists, killed the guide and the tourists were lucky to get away. The rescue workers couldn't get near the guides body for hours as the hornets hanged around and continued to sting his body. The problem with these beasts is they make their nests in the ground (often in woodland and bamboo forests) or close to it like in an old rotting tree trunk and many people literally just walk over the entrance and they get triggered. Most dangerous time for them is around September as they go into killing mode before the Queen hibernates and will even go after and kill each other from different nests. I am not a fan of flying stinging things at all but these things are natures horror story of this section. Makes your usual yellows jackets etc. look nothing.
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Spitfire wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:04 pm These giant Asian hornets are the stuff of nightmares and are 5-6 cm long with a chip on their shoulder to match. They sting repeatedly, are attracted to stuff like the smell of a BBQ etc., releases a scent that attracts other hornets and have a big set of gnashers.

Lots of folks get stung to death by these monsters and I remember a recent case in Thailand where the hornets chased a Thai guide and two French tourists, killed the guide and the tourists were lucky to get away. The rescue workers couldn't get near the guides body for hours as the hornets hanged around and continued to sting his body. The problem with these beasts is they make their nests in the ground (often in woodland and bamboo forests) or close to it like in an old rotting tree trunk and many people literally just walk over the entrance and they get triggered. Most dangerous time for them is around September as they go into killing mode before the Queen hibernates and will even go after and kill each other from different nests. I am not a fan of flying stinging things at all but these things are natures horror story of this section. Makes your usual yellows jackets etc. look nothing.
They've even begun to show up on the west coast of the U.S.! As if 2020 wasn't bad enough already! They're calling them murder hornets here...
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Florida nabs largest python ever found in state

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Her last meal was an entire white-tailed deer, and she was on her way to a rendezvous with a male snake when the largest python ever found in Florida met her demise.

Weighing in at 215lbs (98kg) and nearly 18ft long (5 meters), the female Burmese python was caught after researchers used a male "scout" to find her.

She wrestled with biologists for 20 minutes before she was "subdued", they said Wednesday.

Pythons have become pests in Florida as invasive snakes with no major predators, out-competing native species.

The serpents have been periodically found in the state since irresponsible pet owners released or allowed pet pythons to escape years ago, with many then going on to thrive in Florida's subtropical climate.

The record-setting Burmese female killed by researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida was about the height of a giraffe if stretched out vertically, according to state biologist Ian Bartoszek.

She had been slithering around the Florida Everglades forest when biologists, using a male python named Dionysus outfitted with a radio transmitter, found her.

He stopped at a spot in the western part of the forest. "We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date," Mr Bartoszek said. She was also discovered to have been pregnant with an astonishing 122 eggs.

The largest male ever found there was 16ft and 140lbs.

It is estimated that she was up to 20 years old when caught.

Researchers have been hunting pythons in Florida for over 10 years in an effort to protect native species in the region's ecosystem.

Since being established in 2013, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's python programme has removed over 1,000 pythons from around 100 sq miles in southwest Florida.

Florida also runs an annual contest asking the public for help with hunting pythons. The "Python Challenge" will run from 5 to 14 August and is expected to draw around 600 participants from 25 different states.

Prizes include $2,500 (£2,050) for most snakes captured, and $1,500 for the longest snake caught.

Last year's winner captured 223 pythons, while the longest snake was 15 feet long. All snakes must be killed humanely.
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How do you kill a snake "humanely?" With kindness?

I knew a couple, in Florida, who raised snakes to sell. They had a pet albino Burmese python. It weighed about 200 lbs and lived in the bathroom. The snake had learned how to turn the doorknob and at night would crawl into their bed and sleep with them to keep warm. I visited only once.
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I remember when 'Jungle Jim' had 'Coconuts' (The Hard Cock). He had a toilet converted and the door replaced with a glass one. Inside were several snakes. It certainly attracted customers at the time.

I wonder what happened to the snakes. Turned into meals for the locals probably!
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Florida nabs largest python ever found in state
Florida pays a good bounty on captured pythons. There is a current TV program, some of it BS, but shows the capture of these things.

https://www.distractify.com/p/what-happ ... %20in%20it.

The following is a couple of years old but shows a previous monster, and details the bounty payments:

https://www.winknews.com/2020/10/09/bea ... n-florida/
That’s why the state started the bounty program, in which registered hunters earn a minimum wage rate for up to 10 hours of work a day, plus a bonus for their catch: $50 for each python measuring up to four feet plus $25 more for each foot measured above four feet. Hunters who catch a nesting female python earn an additional $200.

Scientists estimate there are between 100,000 and 300,000 pythons in the Everglades.

To learn more about the FWC’s Python Action Team and the SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program, visit MyFWC.com/Python and SFWMD.gov/Python.
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Fisheries chiefs spell out the end for 'foreign' tilapia

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... gn-tilapia. (Photos)

The Department of Fisheries has launched a campaign to eradicate Blackchin tilapia from Thai waterways and fishing spots.

Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Captain Thamanat Prompow revealed on Friday that growing numbers of Blackchin tilapia are threatening local marine life and fish farms in several provinces.

The minister ordered the department to take measures to get rid of them.

Department of Fisheries Deputy Director-General Mr Bancha Sukkaew said the threat from Blackchin tilapia was attributed to the fact that they are highly adaptive and can live in water with different temperatures.

According to Mr Bancha, the fish breed in Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakan, Phetchaburi, Bangkok, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla and Samut Sakhon.

As well as encouraging fishermen to catch them, the department has also released 60,000 baby sea bass into the sea near Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan and Phetchaburi to help control the Blackchin tilapia population.

A Blackchin tilapia import ban was introduced in 2019.

However, a National Human Rights Commission of Thailand subcommittee found that the Department of Fisheries' Institution Biosafety Committee had allowed a giant conglomerate in the food industry to import Blackchin tilapia from Ghana in 2006.
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Seen today. This is the second iguana I've seen around Smorphrong this year. Escaped pet?
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