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Portrait of Carl-2


Carl was a biologist who studied spiders and scorpions. He was a professor at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB).

When Carl started his PhD research, he was interested in a phenomenon called aggressive mimicry which is “when organisms look like other organisms in order to lure their prey. There was an hypothesis that the glow that scorpions have was actually used to lure in moths.” Fluorescent glow phenomena is seen on the scorpion below.

Carl also explained that there’s “a structure called a pectine which looks like a feather sticking to either either side. It’s a chemo-sensory organ which is basically a nose. The pectines on the female tend to be fairly short and the males have one that’s much longer because they are the ones who go looking for the female.”

Carl had the Scorpion in the photograph below about two years. He caught her out in the field close to the school. California State Bakersfield is probably one of the best places in the world to study spiders and scorpions because it is an excellent habitat for these species.

You can see the Pectine in this photo

Fluorescent glow

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Shrill Limerick


Paul Stanley of Kiss

Shrill Limerick

a rock band was terribly shrill
providing their fans a big thrill
the lead guitarist was drowned
by a strange distorted sound
they were using a stanley hand drill

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Written for:

Mad Kane's Limerick-Offs

Shrill Limerick (Limerick-Off Monday)

Photo Credit:  Paul Stanley

Dysfunctional


Rihanna - Her Beat Up Words

Dysfunctional

It’s nothing but a thankless job,
giving you my tears.
I mope the evening away
wondrin’ where you are.
Then I hear your ring
your voice,
your needs.

I’m the artist who could
showcase you:
a framed work of joy.
To  break from your reins
sweats out  my mind.
It’s like  my own work,
my will
my time.

Encased in a holo cave
echo of your drumming heart.
So then, one day,
No more.
I won’t be there.
Don’t count
on me calling back.

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Written for:

 

Write2Day–Labor Day Prompt

Also posted on:

The Gooseberry Garden

Poetry Picnic Week 30: Doubts, Fears, Inhibitions and Hesitations

Picture credit: mammakaze