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It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us…
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

Absolutely brilliant. We’re discussing insect pathology and parasitism in entomology. We started talking about fungi, and how they affect insects. I brought up Cordyceps, the parasitic fungi behind the zombification of ants and other insects through spores, which grow inside the insect, taking over the insect’s Supraoesophageal ganglion (big word for an insect’s brain), once its infected the brain and the insect’s nervous system, it drives the insect to climb atop tree limbs where the insect will die, and the fruiting body of the Cordyceps fungi will emerge out of the exoskeleton and release it’s spores. Which will undoubtedly find it’s new host, whether it be ant, beetle, or fly.

Sounds of Summer.

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What would the world be, once bereft of wet and of wilderness?

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.