May 21st, 2017 by David Triplet

While we’re still a few months away from summer, that doesn’t mean that the drought in North America has gone away. In fact, by some estimations, it’s worse than ever.

It’s starting to have some very unexpected effects, especially in parts of Mexico. The prolonged dry spell is causing ancient churches to rise from the dead.

The latest side effect of the drought has to do with this 16th-century church that normally resides at the bottom of a reservoir that was created by the Benito Juarez Dam in 1962. Because water levels in the reservoir are now 40 percent lower, the structure has reappeared.

South of the Benito Juarez Dam, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, is another submerged church that’s made its way back to the surface. It’s the Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula.

The severe drought also caused the water level at the Nezahualcoyotl Reservoir to drop more than 80 feet, revealing the remains of this 16th-century church.

While it’s not a good sign that water levels are so low, local fishermen are making the best of the situation by ferrying tourists to see these structures.

The happy faces of tourists are eerie when juxtaposed with the awful implications of these issues.

(via Coast To Coast AM)

Well, that’s a beautifully disturbing phenomenon. While this year’s rainy season should temporarily help with the drought, I doubt that it will have any lasting impact.

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May 4th, 2017 by admin

When it comes to the cutest, cuddliest members of the insect kingdom, which species do you think of? If you’ve seen Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, then you probably think of caterpillars.

Sure, they’re still bugs, but they’re undeniably adorable. That being said, allow me to burst your bubble for a moment. There’s a caterpillar out there that has a taste for flesh.

See that fly in the photo below? Things don’t end well for this critter.

The blur behind it is actually a carnivorous caterpillar that’s native to Hawaii.

The poor thing didn’t stand a chance.

What’s even more interesting is that other members of this caterpillar genus, Eupithecia, are herbivores elsewhere in the world. Those of the carnivorous variety have been seen chewing holes in leaves, but they typically only do this to create vantage points from which they can stalk their prey.

You can see one in action in the video below.

(via IFL Science)

While these caterpillars don’t feed on human flesh, I wouldn’t put it past them to try it out. Who knows? Maybe they’ll evolve into man-eating bugs one day. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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