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Lerps
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Published: June 7, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 scythemantis
LEARN ABOUT LERPS AND BELL MINERS HERE: [link]

...But I intended this comic to have the same effect whether or not you know the background story. In fact, I think it works even better if you don't.
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SuperArtMaximHobbyist General Artist
You can still avenge them.
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See www.facebook.com/bellminercolo… This is an awesome representation of one of the hypotheses of dieback but there is no evidence to suggest that is actually what happens. There is more to the story :)
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LERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRPPS! :scream: :screaming: :nuu: Screaming 
professornomnoms's avatar
I just. I don't even.

..Bravo, good sir.
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P-z-p-ZHobbyist Writer
A bit hard to tell who's good and who's bad in this.
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scythemantisHobbyist General Artist
Really? I thought only the wasp appeared "bad" :p
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P-z-p-ZHobbyist Writer
Well, that is if you don't read what's on the link, parasitic wasps are used to keep pests down.
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P-z-p-ZHobbyist Writer
Bad for the bird and lerps, good for the wasp and tree.
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it made me think of "o rly"
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"LEEEERRPS!!!" :O Oh god. That one's definitely going down in the book of awesome random battlecries.
You seriously need your own tv show or published magazine or something. Adults need to be as curious and amused by fascinating science and cartoons as kids are. maybe you could be like a fucked up adult cartoon series on the Discovery Channel someday. This is great.
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donnaquinnHobbyist Traditional Artist
Goodness me, I did a lot of research on bell miners, lerps, dieback, effect on other birds etc, last year and late 2007. What an unusual topic for a comic strip! I commend you for depicting such an off-beat topic, and I agree with Skragga that Parasitica is... a bit too happy. :P
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You might be one of the only people who understood it off the bat :D
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well, without any previous knowlege on the subject, i would assume that parasitica is laying her eggs in the larve, which the birds eat to protect the larvae, but the lerps (or parasticia-eggs) already at them?? :o just going out on a limb here.
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scythemantisHobbyist General Artist
The bottom of the comic has the URL to an article where I write about lerps :)

Bell miners eat the sugary cases that Lerps secrete and protect them from most predators, but can't protect them from parasitic wasps.
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oh... i was wayy off then >.<
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donnaquinnHobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it was very enjoyable! By the way, you've got a cool avatar too. :)
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This is possibly your most adorable comic yet.

The first time I read it I hadn't read the article yet, and I still thought that a bird crying "LERRRRRRPS!" was a damn funny punchline.

"Lerps" is probably one of the funnest words in existence to say out loud. Lerps. Bell lerps. Have you met my bell lerp?. They're lovely and lerpful. They're lerptastic. Lerp lerp lerp lerp lerp. There's something wrong with me, isn't there?
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it's at the very bottom of the page of the link
about those crap hats
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What is? :)
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Yeah, I know, I was just wondering who you were talking to when you mentioned it was there :p
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LEEEEEEERPS!!
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SesakaTHStudent General Artist
Nature has it's epic and dramatic moments and you had displayed it well. It's a great learning experience, yes?

Naughty....wasp, Parasitica. :omg::lol:
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Loving how Frank Miller the bell miner is.

And the wasp is creepy. "AWWW YEAH!"
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