Vampire Moths

Submitted by: xiquiripat 8 years ago Science

Bloodsucking moths have been found in Siberia—evidence of evolution at work, scientists say.
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Female 75
i like how you hear in the background the chick say "haha its starting to hurt hahaha"
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Male 6
OMG scary ... I hate bloodsuckers, annoying
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Male 2,290
"This seems like adaptation, not evolution.
Evolution is a change in the gene pool of population over time.
Adaptation is change increasing the fitness of the selected individual making it better suited to its own environment."

*facepalm*

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Male 2,388
scientists say the moths will also evolve into a race of supper intelligent beings after realising that our blood actually has the genes necessary to transcend to a god or similar powerful force of nature.
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Male 4
It`s all part of the conspiracy to make us not fear nature. Zoologists won`t tell you, but in fact all moths feed on blood. They fly in at night, and if they can get to your eyelids, hands or others parts of your body where the skin in thin, they`ll drink all they can before you notice it. It`s not dangerous for humans, only when the moths are swarming, or if they happen to carry e.g. rabies disease.
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Male 2,582
They are also all dashingly handsome and have faux-hawks or spiky hair.
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Male 452
just great.. as if mosqitos was not enough now we have moths to annoy us too
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Male 2,553
i-am-emo... that is the best...post.....ever.
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Male 1,556
Now! I will harvest these moths and use them to attack my enemies!

Like Shino............

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Male 82
At the 1:00 minute mark, is that moth sitting on a man`s mouth?
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Male 1,153
this post sucks...
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Male 1,204
LOL i felt like saying something, i read i-am-emo`s comment, now i`m happy. thank you good sir.
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Female 751
cool! I want one!! :P
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Female 1,395
Hmm. That got me a little horny.
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Female 497
i`m a vampire.
if they look in the dna of a vampire bat and the moth they can take that dna and put it in a human again
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Male 1,232
That voice bored me.
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Male 715
Give it 10 years or less, and those things will be world wide, because of a "shipping incident".
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Female 25
looks cool lol :->
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Male 279
and in a couple of year when they will find what genes causes the vampire moth to suck blood they`ll try it on themself and then turn into vampires, making them real and totally awesome once again after than twilight killed the fun out of them :P
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Female 1,496
That looks painful.
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Male 220
I smell a new blockbuster horror movie! ATTACK OF THE VAMPIREMOTHS! They will suck you dry...RUN AWAY FROM THE LIGHTS!
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Male 32
damn... now im gonna need hairspray and a lighter
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Female 188
Oh good God.

Moths already freak me out. Now they have to go and suck blood.

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Male 58
What Grossen said.
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Male 455
Adaptation is an individual response to an environmental factor. Since this is standard in a population of moths, it should be considered evolution. Adaptations are normally the spark of evolutionary change.
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Male 10,339
Seems there`s an echo in here....
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Male 173
now we have to make kid sized stakes
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Male 55
This seems like adaptation, not evolution.
Evolution is a change in the gene pool of population over time.
Adaptation is change increasing the fitness of the selected individual making it better suited to its own environment.
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Male 10,339
Racism doesn`t shouldn`t offend someone who has the brains to know when it`s a joke, or it`s hurtful.
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Female 139
how did i know twilight would be brought up in this...
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Male 8,302
> davymid
> you`re right on every point there except one. Obama`s not Jewish, he`s Muslim, remember?

No Davy, he`s the world`s first Muslim Jew!!! OMFG here comes the Rapture...

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Male 84
New ways to spread HIV?
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Male 8,302
i-am-emo, I SO should delete that comment but its too funny so I`ll let it stand... but why would I delete it you ask? Well, racism has been rearing its ugly head waaay too much on IAB since Obama was elected, and we`re thinking of a Zero Tolerance policy on it. Just so you`ve all got some advance notice...
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Male 12,138
vv emo, you`re right on every point there except one. Obama`s not Jewish, he`s Muslim, remember?
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Male 15
dam twilight! now everyone wants to be a vampire
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Female 1,264
It was obama becuase he`s a jew, we all know the holocaust was a lie to cover up the scandelous truth that football is really soccer and soccer is actually football. Something about the economy. It is likely the moths were all homosexuals and, as a result from too much aids and buttf*cking, became blood sucking parasites that hold weekly cult meetings to discuss the weather and other such things. It cant be proved but its likely theyre the reason our troops are dying in Iraq. God doenst exist. Charles Darwin doesnt exist. Mccain is a bastard.

There. I`ve summed up an entire I-A-B debate so you dont have too. I probably offended several *fill space here* pride orginizations just then but I`m sure you`ll thank me later

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Female 85
Just what we need... :-/
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Male 7,933
"Does anyone else find it a little weird that moths are turning vampire in the same still-higher-than-average-radioactively area as the mysterious and unexplained 1908 Tunguska meteor/alien spaceship/black hole/wormhole explosion? Call Fox Mulder please..."

I think they were inspired by the movie Twilight

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Female 15,763
Wow that`s like 3 kinds of awesome all wrapped up in an awesome burrito.
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Male 8,302
Does anyone else find it a little weird that moths are turning vampire in the same still-higher-than-average-radioactively area as the mysterious and unexplained 1908 Tunguska meteor/alien spaceship/black hole/wormhole explosion? Call Fox Mulder please...
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Male 8,302
That`s not proof of evolution, if it was then it would be lawyers evolving to suck blood, not moths.

> Altaru
> They evolved to suck blood because what they ate didn`t have enough sodium.

This is the sort of statement that DISPROVES evolution. Simple logic, if what they were eating didn`t have enough sodium to keep them alive, they would have died. Therefore they already WERE getting enough sodium, therefore there is no need to evolve to do so. You`re calling adaptation evolution, as usual. The ability to do it was already in the moths, they`ve just adapted to do it better.

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Female 855
Dang that`s downright scary! No trip to Russia for me!
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Male 130
Oh dear god it`s my worst nightmare. Morbid fear of moth/butterflies!
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Male 502
Damn you Science!
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Male 128
Oh that`s, um pretty weird. But cool at the same time. Butterflys eating blood lol. Well moths but w/e.
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Male 142
As if mosquitoes weren`t already annoying. Now we pritty much have mosquitoes for those with bad sight.
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Male 10,339
So us beginning to drink milk to get calcium was humans evolving?

I`d call that adaptation. She said they BEGAN using their hook and barbed tongue, which was previously used to get juice from fruits, to drink blood to supplant thier low sodium diets.

Adaptation is different than evolution. Evolution is just a hot keyword right now.

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Male 3,482
To Davio...

DRINK blood, DRINK blood. You don`t EAT liquids, or plasma`s if you want to go deeper.

They evolved to suck blood because what they ate didn`t have enough sodium. The take the sodium from blood. They EVOLVED in order to have the ability to drink the blood and take the sodium.

And just wait until it becomes a vital part of the species` diet. THAT would prove a form of evolution at work.

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Male 99
I just want a color photo of the damn thing...

That way I know what to shoot at!

DEMON MOTH!

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Male 599
this in no way proves evolution at all. They just didn`t know that this obscure type of moth can eat blood
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Male 332
So basically giant mosquitoes...
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Male 111
Wonderful, yet another vector for disease :-P Next we`ll start seeing rabid moths.
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Male 3,301
Oh jeez. The Russians will start to feast on our blood before we know it.

One more reason to blow up Russia while we still have a chance. We must strike before Mecha-Putin the Abominable awakes!!

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Male 2,586
I`m surprised a moth`s proboscis can do that - usually they`re quite feeble, although having said that, the hawkmoths seem quite strong.

Go entomologists! (yeah, we`re so cool! 8-))

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Female 174
What idiot would let an unknown species drink from them? It could be carrying anything!
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Male 778
LOL Deathxtra haha
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Male 2,788
Zomfg! Run away!
YOU FOOLS
DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE?!!

The flames are coming!!
FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

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Male 240
but thats just me
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Male 240
um i think jellyfish will get a brain and kill a there pray with shocks in a area that would be cool
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Male 904
lets keep those in siberia...
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Male 112
That is an odd development, still fairly cool though. Also is just mentioning evolution enough to set of a flame war here?
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Male 2,313
The flames are strong with this one.
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Male 7,933
*Listens until I hear University of Florida*
drat THIS STUDY!


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Female 5,139
EVOLUTION!1!!!

...

-runs away-

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Male 12,138
Tis, Tornado.
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Male 1,078
Not the Eword!

Also, cool.

On an unrelated note, your avatar is from There Will Be Blood, correct, Davy?

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Male 12,138
Uh-oh. Someone mentioned the E-word. My flame senses are tingling...
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Male 31
Thats cool :O
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Female 654
They`re huge D:

Let`s eat them before they eat us!

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Female 5,139
this seriously freaks me out..
i can`t watch it with its pointy needly type thing going on there..

bad, bad news D;

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Male 620
In other news, strange new diseases pop up in siberia >_<
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Male 1,526
kill them fast! we don`t need bloodsucking moths.
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Male 294
that`s an interesting way for evolution to go. just wait until humans start wanting blood.
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Male 2,422
Link: Vampire Moths [Rate Link] - Bloodsucking moths have been found in Siberia—evidence of evolution at work, scientists say.
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