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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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:iconsuperartmaxim:
SuperArtMaxim Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can still avenge them.
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klamber4 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
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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Oddball-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student General Artist
LERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRPPS! :scream: :screaming: :nuu: Screaming 
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professornomnoms Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
I just. I don't even.

..Bravo, good sir.
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:iconp-z-p-z:
P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
A bit hard to tell who's good and who's bad in this.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I thought only the wasp appeared "bad" :p
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist 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-Z Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Bad for the bird and lerps, good for the wasp and tree.
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:iconwilliamcll:
williamcll Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
it made me think of "o rly"
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:iconlainwiththedevil:
lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
"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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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist 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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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You might be one of the only people who understood it off the bat :D
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SilverFae27 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
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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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist 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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SilverFae27 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
oh... i was wayy off then >.<
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it was very enjoyable! By the way, you've got a cool avatar too. :)
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psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
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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Edermarmae Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
it's at the very bottom of the page of the link
about those crap hats
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:iconscythemantis:
scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What is? :)
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:iconedermarmae:
Edermarmae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know, I was just wondering who you were talking to when you mentioned it was there :p
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DarkmasterN Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
LEEEEEEERPS!!
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:iconsesakath:
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student 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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:iconzetron:
Zetron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Loving how Frank Miller the bell miner is.

And the wasp is creepy. "AWWW YEAH!"
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:iconjack07:
jack07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
this is simple epic, i love this comic
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
My favorite comic of yours to date, fantastic.

And I take this oppertunity to say that the way you write your articles is great; Sweet, syrupy knowledge laden with juicy nuggets of wit and puns. I probably should have wrote this ascomment on your site seem as though that's where you want them...
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Demonlemon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
I love this so much <3
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Ganguro666 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I laughed. I cried. I asked some questions. And I peed a little.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two comments:

1. I can vouch for the fact that this is hilarious to someone who had no frame of reference when they read it.

2. That buxom wasp will be in my nightmares tonight.
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Karhs Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, she'll be in my "nightmares" too, if you know what I mean.

...
I mean that I find the wasp attractive.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Hooray!

2. Hooray!!!
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eternalsaturn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell, reading this without knowing the backstory just makes it take on a whole different kind of awesome, in a sort of "I don't know wtf I just read but it was WONDERFUL" kind of way.

Also, "lerp" is my new favorite animal name ever. It's so fun to say!
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Zayda Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Writer
So THAT's what those things on the leaves around here are!

...

... ew.

Yet yours are both adequate and adorable. :heart:

LERRRPS!!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, all the different lerps are Australian :D

I didn't even change very much, though:
[link]

Those are the females it would seem, while males are colorful and winged!
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Zayda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student Writer
Oooh, wow! I did a little search for the males, and I've seen them before too. :3 This is what you get for being the odd girl in your class staring at the local insect life. XD

I did always wonder what those things on the leaves were, though. Awesome.
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HelloFriendlyBoat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
ANOTHER new article without announcing it on your front page! Naughty that is. Naughty.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:(


I remembered to update the RSS this time, though!!! :p

If you click the orange RSS button you can see all the newest stuff
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digitalspiritx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Revenge is sworn for the dead feces coated bugs!
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dragonswordcannon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
It might just be me but when I went to the page you linked to I could not read some of the text because it was covered by either a gray bar or a photo.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I get that complaint often but there's utterly nothing I can do about it. My website is hosted by yahoo, can only be edited with their software, and it just has that glitch on some computers for some reason :/
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dragonswordcannon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
OK it might be because I'm on a mac.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've asked yahoo about it several times and they've never responded >:/

I should be getting better for $14 a month D:
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dragonswordcannon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Yahoo has a shit reputation I would never trust them to do anything right.

$14 a month is not that much but they should at least make the site readable.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
LEEEEERRRPSSS!!! I detect a new battlecry being born.
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grimtalon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
More nature fun! You have the best educational articles and comics.
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure which is funnier - the "unf unf unf" expression of the wasp, or the phrase "mouth-watering crap-hats".
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SpydrXIII Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ha ha ha. "mouth-watering crap hats.". i thought they were scale insects or mealy bugs at 1st. and the lerp miner i thought would be a type of leaf miner at 1st. but very interesting and clever way to traffic to your site. make obscure references that your site conveniently has the answers to.
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tanattinusprime Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I like it too without the knowledge of the bg story. The superhero vs. super villain with the helpless Bell Lerps as the innocents concept is great and they were all funny. And then there the link reveals what a Bell Lerp and a Bell Miner is and I go "I see". What a slow Bell Miner.

Yeah that Parasitica enjoying is hilarious too =D. The link is funny as well thank you for sharing. I also laugh hard because of the starfish stuff, it being the "relentless killing machine of the sea" :laughing:
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frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Egads!
Nature! In comic form!
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DarkHeartsClub Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009   Digital Artist
you need your own tv show
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