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Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
reply to post by twentythreedom
Insects are one of the most nutriient dense foods around. In fact the human race could drastically reduce the amount of land we need to farm if we ate insects instead of cows, they would produce less pollution as well along with being healthier than most meats.
Originally posted by Arkady
I agree 100%. Even cocroaches farmed hygenically are edible and nutritious. I recently posted about eating worms and the ease with which they can be produced in large quantities and did you know midges, that's what we call them in Scotland anway, can be made into an extremely tasty protein burger?
The absence of insects in our diet is a pretty western thing though. Most of the rest of the world eats them.
Originally posted by vietmanx
reply to post by Tribble
The biggest spiders on record have a 12 inch leg span. Yet you have stumbled upon a spider that measures half a foot larger? I had a cabin in that area. I spent every summer there as a kid hiking around and exploring the area, I never saw a spider larger than my fingers. Keep in mind I had smaller hands back then. In short, I doubt the spider you saw was that large.
Also, the current "spiders" we think of could not get to be 4-5 feet because of their respiratory systems are inefficient. They have book lungs, tracheal systems, spiracles, and hemocyanin. Not as efficient as our mode of respiration. To those who say the rainforest has more O2, WALLACE S. BROECKER, Ph.D., Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, states that "ants, termites, bacteria, and fungi eat nearly the entire photosynthetic O2 product."
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
The camel spider is the most deadly spider in the world; found mainly in Afghanistan region I think
originally posted by: epitaph.one
I forget where I read it, but spiders can grow as large as their environment allows them to. I know this doesnt counter-act your point about exoskeletons being inefficient over said size but...who knows.
I do know ive seen a "wolf spider"...you know those small, white black and grey furry ones that jump on their prey. They are always around in the summer. Ive seen one in a greenhouse that was the size of a golfball, no joke.